It’s probably one of the trickiest tools in makeup because applying too less of it will got you nowhere while applying even a little more than required could make you look caked-up like a bronzed statue. That’s the point you’d need a tad bit of help from those-who-know. Apart from the best bronzers to use, we tell you how best you could use them in order to look divaesque. Yes, because we all want that sun-kissed, softly washed face which is quite a walk up the hill but not so much with these quick tips that we’re about to share with you.
First things first, bronzer is the best as well as quick and easy way to get that lovely golden tan. The powder form of bronzer is the most popular one. But there are other variants as well like the liquid one which is great for skin that tends to get dry with exposure. However, in the sun we mostly like to apply our sunscreen before we throw in some loose bronze-coloured powder which automatically takes care of the hydration that the skin must receive.
Now, the shade! Here’s the tricky part. Unlike the compact where you tend to choose the shade closest to your skintone or one shade lighter by common notion, when it comes to bronzer we need a little extra. So, choose a colour that’s no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. Test a little on the clean skin of your face to make sure it "warms" your skin tone without making it look fake! Look for soft, neutral shades that blend best with your natural skintone in the natural light. Remember, if you have fair skin, look for a honey-coloured bronzer; for a medium complexion, choose a rose-bronze or gold flecked bronzer; dark skin is best enhanced with a tawny or amber bronzer. So, pick wisely.
What we love? We love the effect of the pressed powder over a bronzer that comes in a liquid base because it tends to look made-up and that’s one of the worst faux pas of a bronzed look. We must work towards achieving something that’s almost natural and one that’s closest to the real self. And, we hate shimmer. Yes, shimmer leaves the skin looking excessively oily and dark. Overdose is never advisable! So, go slow and allow the bronzer to settle in with the skin in order to get that sun-kissed glow and mildly contoured face that accentuates your sharp features.
Using the right kind of brush is very important to applying a bronzer. We recommend that you choose a wide, fluffy powder brush that comes with a rounded top. If it's too small and stiff, it will give blotchy results. If you are going to spend money on a brush, choose sable. Generally natural fibers are the best and most trusted ones!
How To- First off, begin by using a loose translucent power over your face and neck to absorb the oil and moisture from skin. Such oil and moisture can lead to steaks and make the bronzer look unnatural. Next, swirl the brush evenly in the bronzing powder and tap off the excess and start working the forehead before you find your way to the cheeks and nose. Apply bronzer mainly to the key areas i.e. the areas where sun mostly rests, like cheekbones and the bridge of nose, chin. Don’t leave out your neck and blend it in evenly.
Sk’s Tip- Go warm on your cheeks and stick to crème based hues for your lips like peach, pink, and stained red. Steer clear from copper, browns from the eyes and lips as you could look too metallic. Also, we trust MAC, Loreal, Revlon and Shiseido to work up a magic on our face with their bronzers!
Here’s our way to go au natural or well almost by giving ourselves a glowing, brand new us with this trickster in our makeup kit. Soak it in, this summer!