How to Use Bronzer

Skin looking a bit paler than you’d like? Do you feel like mixing things up and adding a dose of sun-kissed radiance to your skin? A good bronzing routine might be just what you’re looking for. Whether it’s for a night on the town or a trip to your local shop – if you want to create a warm look that gives your skin that summer time glow (even in the cloudy UK) then read our simple guide to getting the best results.

Firstly, before you apply anything to your skin make sure that it is clean and in good condition. This involves more than what you put on it. Yes of course, use a good cleanser and keep your skin moisturised but beyond that, try to keep your skin healthy and hydrated by putting the right things in your body. Makeup can only do so much and to get the best results, make your skin as good as it can naturally be.

Before applying the bronzer we would suggest using a primer to help ensure that your makeup stays how you want it all day and to of course apply a foundation and a concealer.

Next, choose the right bronzer for you and your skin type. Never go too dark with bronzers. It can be very easy if one is over zealous to try to create too dark a look on their skin. This will likely lead to a slightly unpleasant orange look (I’m sure we’ve all seen it) with a visible line where the makeup ends – not good. Aim for a bronzer no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. It will give you a lovely glow and will look far better than going to dark.

The main type of bronzers are powder, gel, cream and liquid. They have their pros and cons. As a basic rule, use powder bronzers if you have oily or combination skin. Use Gel, cream or liquid bronzers for normal to dry skin. This rule isn’t absolute and by all means experiment but this is a good place to start. You’ll find that the different type of bronzers will create different results, some matte, some silky… so choose which look you’d like to go for.

Applying the bronzer may be just as important as choosing the right bronzer. Firstly, apply it to the areas of your face that would typically be more exposed to sunlight. You want this to look natural. Apply it to the perimeter of your face, cheekbones, forehead, jaw line and temple areas. Do this by starting on the forehead and drawing a number ’3′ down the side of your face. The top portion of the number ’3′ is for your forehead, the middle section of the ’3′ is for the cheekbones and the bottom portion of the ’3′ is for your jaw. Use light strokes and be sure not to apply too much here. Build up in light layers.

The next step is focused on the cheekbones. Suck in your cheeks as if you are trying to look like a fish and follow the natural angle of your cheekbones. Again, light strokes here. Do this on both sides… obviously with brush strokes that sweep up towards the temple area. Move down to the jaw line and (lightly) sweep along the angle of your jaw to add definition.

Ensure that you blend the areas by using small circular motions to fade out any lines that are visible from where you applied it. For the rest of your face, don’t apply any more bronzer, simply use the residue that is still on the brush and use that on your neck, chin and nose. This will help give a gentle glow, will blend the bronzer and will dissipate the line that may have been created around your jaw.

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Blusher, How To Apply

Let’s start with a simple definition of what blusher is. Sometimes compared to bronzer, blusher is designed to add colour to the skin. Contrary to bronzer however, blusher is designed to create a rosy cheeked look whereas bronzer is meant to give a tanned, sun-kissed look. Right, so now lets get to the good bit.

Like we always suggest, in order to get the best results from the makeup you apply make sure that you keep your skin in the best condition possible. The simple fact is that if you want it to look good, take care of it. Cleanse, moisturise and keep hydrated (by drinking enough water). The basics really do matter.

It is important to choose the right blusher for your skin tone. But how do you pick? Have you heard of the cheek pinch test? Basically, pinch your cheeks (not too hard) and see what colour they go. This is your natural blush colour. Try to match it with the blusher that you choose. If you don’t want to do this then some general rules are:

For pale skin use light pinks and lilac
For light to medium skin use peachy pink shades
For golden or olive skin try brighter pinks
For darker skin try brighter tones like apricot.

And then of course you need to choose the right blusher for your skin type. If you have oily skin then try a cheek stain. Apply this a little at a time as applying too much will make it hard to blend. If you have combination or normal skin then a cream blusher would be a good choice and if you have dry skin opt for a powder.

Assuming you have that all under control let’s begin. You may want to begin by using a primer on your skin. This just helps to make sure that your makeup will stay how you want it all day. No sense putting the time in if your results won’t last!

Now, the application of blusher isn’t the same for everyone. Blusher is meant to accentuate the feature of your face and where/how you apply it will be determined by your face shape. We can categorise these shapes into the following groups:

Oval faces, Heart shaped faces, Square faces, Round faces, Oblong/long and Triangular.

For heart shaped faces apply the blusher to the outer corner of the cheekbone starting at the ear and ending just below the outer corner of your eye. Add a little bit to the temples and towards the middle of the forehead.

For oval shaped faces apply the blusher by sweeping it over the cheekbones but do this just above them rather than below them in the hollow that is made when you suck in your cheeks.

For round faces use a matte blusher and apply it from the ear, down the cheekbone and towards the mouth. Add a little bit to your chin to create the illusion of a longer face.

Square faces should have the blusher applied just under the cheekbones to help define them and separate from the jaw line. Apply it to your hairline too to soften the edges of your face

Triangular faces need to have it applied to the cheekbones and slightly towards the middle of the forehead. Do this by brushing up from the cheekbones to the temple and then the forehead slightly.

For long faces keep the blusher concentrated on the cheekbones just below the outer eyes and make sure not to apply it below the nose.

This basic guide should be a perfect place to start and will give you the building blocks to help you become a highly skilled. As with anything, practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to try new things and if in doubt, there are lots of beauty counters that you can go to in order to get some hands on advice.

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