Bronzing Beauty: How To Apply Bronzer
Warmer weather signals the time to bronze up in the beauty department. Here are my top tips for the perfect faux glow.
There are two main types of bronzer: powder or liquid. Powder bronzers work well with oily, combination and normal skin and are easy to apply for first timers. Liquid bronzers are great if you have dry or normal skin or if you want to add a bit more illumination to you face and are great for emphasising cheekbones.
Choosing the right colour for your skin tone is important as well. No one wants to turn out looking like an Oompa Loompa! Choose a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone and gradually build up the amount of bronzer to get a darker colour instead of picking a bronzer that is too dark for your complexion. You want a youthful, sunkissed glow that looks completely natural. Think boho beach babes like Kate Hudson and Erin Wasson.
How to apply powder bronzer:
Step 1: Use a big wide brush (ideally a bronzer or powder brush) to apply your bronzer to the places the sun would naturally hit. Start on the apples of your cheeks and sweep back and upward on your face towards your temples.
Step 2: Sweep bronzer lightly across your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and your chin. Be light as a feather with this application and you’ll be sunkissed in seconds! You should also apply a light dusting of bronzer to your neck so that you colour looks even and can even aply it on your shoulders too.
Try these powdery wonders:
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzing Blush
Perfect for the face, neck and shoulders get a beautiful radiant shimmery glow with Bronze Goddess Bronzing Blush (main image) in just a couple of quick sweeps. Mixing the colours creates a stunning shade of bronze perfect for all over; whilst the pinky star is great for accentuating cheekbones. £29; houseoffraser.co.uk
The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Bronzer
This stunning bronzer looks like a little glistening planet of sun goddess goodness. Combining two colours swirled together to create light, shimmer and glow. Perfect to add a little glamour on your girls' night out. Plus, it makes a fantastic highlighter as the shades glisten around contours of the face, neck and décolletage. £16; thebodyshop.co.uk.
Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls
Bronzing balls are the perfect way to create a warm, healthy-looking and even glow as the the contrasting tones reflect light on the skin. The subtle colour is ideal for all year round. Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls really are a precious makeup necessity and a bargain at £9 from Avonshop.co.uk
Liquid bronzers can be mixed into liquid foundation or worn alone for bronzed beauty; they are particularly good for dry and normal skin types.
How to apply liquid bronzer:
Step 1: Apply liquid bronzer with your fingers for a softer and more natural application or use a foundation brush for all over even coverage. If you are mixing the bronzer with foundation put a little of each on the back or your hand or a palette and mix it with the brush before applying.
Step 2: Apply a small amount extra to the apples of your cheeks and blend with circular motions to add extra colour and definition to your cheekbones.
NATIO Liquid Bronzer
This translucent cream floats over the skin and illuminates all complexions to give a naturally bronzed look. This gentle sheen is great if you don’t wear a lot of make up and choose to avoid heavier liquid foundations. The lightweight texture also means it works across a variety of skin tones. NATIO Liquid Bronzer retails at £14.
Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator
This fab product comes in 4 shades but our favourite has to be Bronze - of course. It adds luminosity and radiance to the skin as well as beautiful subtle colour and works very well as a highlighter. Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator retails at £19.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
For serious colour Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer will leave you looking like you have a perfect beach tan but without the hassle or health risks! A unique blend of bronzing pigments in a pearlised, reflective base provide sheer, natural-looking radiance. Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer retails at £21.50.
So if you’re a fan of Jennifer Aniston’s red carpet ready radiant skin, follow these few application tips and you’ll master the natural-looking way to bronze up. It’s all about looking healthy, natural and making your friends a little envious with your fresh off a tropical vacation faux glow.
See also our article Summer 2011 Must Have: Bronzer for more recommended products and application tips.