The trick to using bronzer is simply this: applying a light layer of bronzer creates a natural, sun-kissed look. Applying a heavy layer intensifies a summer tan.
Either way, this makes bronzer a year-round staple for everyone. I recommend it to everyone, and use it on all of my clients. The right bronzer can add radiance and healthy glow to your skin with just a few swipes of your brush.
Before we begin, I have a few bits of advice. Watch out for too much shimmer or sparkle that some bronzers contain. I always recommend that you save sparkle or shimmer for night-time. Use your matte or pearl finish bronzer for daytime. The reason is that during the day the sunlight reflects off of the glitter and sparkle on the skin. This makes it look very obvious and fake, which is not very flattering.
I also prefer to work with a powder product versus a cream or stick bronzer. I find a powder is easier to apply on most skin types and I am able to blend it into the skin for a perfect finish. With any formula, the same application principles can be applied.
You may choose to wear bronzer in place of blush or not at all. The choice is all yours! I like to wear a bit of both when I feel like I need a boost in the radiance department. Blush would follow your bronzer application if you choose to wear both together.
Before we go into the technique of applying bronzer, I have to stress, to make sure you swirl your big, fluffy brush into the bronzer powder and then always tap or shake off the excess powder from your brush first, (please don’t blow off the excess, it’s gross)!
If you don’t get rid of the excess powder, you will have a big splotch of color wherever the brush first lands onto your skin. It is frustrating to blend away the excess color and you will not be happy with the results. So start off with less product on your brush and build the color gradually (you will thank me later). This goes for applying any powder product whether it is eyeshadow, blush or powder.
Remember to TAP! Please do not blow on the brush, as blowing will spread bacteria, which you don’t want on your skin or near your eyes. Tapping will also ensure that you keep your tools as clean as possible.
Applying Bronzer in a “C” or “Number 3”
Using a big, fluffy powder brush, apply bronzer to the highest points of the face, where the sun would normally tan you first i.e. the tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, and chin.
Sweep the brush from the top of the cheekbone, working it in a “C” or “3” motion. Follow your natural cheekbone and scoop around the temple and above the eyebrows. Again, working in the shape you choose ( C or 3) shape. You can work the brush back and forth in this area to make sure the product is blended properly.
Tip – To find your cheekbone, with your fingers, press into your temples and then follow the bone across the cheek, underneath the eye. This is your cheekbone.
Tip – Don’t load the brush again with the product. Instead, use whatever product is left on the brush, and swipe the brush down the bridge of the nose and onto the chin, slightly.
Tip – You can also go over your “C” or “3” to make sure your application is well blended. Repeat the same steps and apply bronzer to the other side.
With both sides complete, have a look and decide if you want more color. If so, go ahead and lightly apply another layer starting with the cheeks. Remember that you are going to apply blush next so don’t be too generous with the bronzer. The key is to look sun-kissed.
Blending is key! Use your clean, big, fluffy brush and use the brush to blend your bronzer all over the face.