For me, bronzer has become a staple beauty product for the past 5 years. It’s funny how one little product can change my mood and add a boost of confidence to my day. It’s taken me a bit of time to find the perfect application for my skin and skin-tone but it was well worth it — trial and error friends!
I’ve learned that with the right brush and a light, steady hand can take you from dull to sun-kissed. On the flip side, a heavy hand with the wrong brush can make you appear dingy and dirty, two things I like to avoid.
Personally, I prefer powder bronzer because it’s easier for me to control and work with. My favorite product is Too Faced’s Chocolate Soliel Matte Bronzer in medium to deep. It’s infused with 100% real cocoa powder which makes for an extra special experience during application. I feel like I’m getting my chocolate fix while adding a little sun to my complexion. SCORE! This product is also vegan and cruelty-free. ❤
I thought it would be fun to share a few before and after pics to help tell the true story.
Before is a clean canvas. Time for some color! Am I right?
1. I apply my fav bronzer with a synthetic hair fluffy brush, in a 3 shape: sweep across the forehead, around to the cheekbone and then down the jaw. The key is to blend, blend, blend. And if you think you’ve blended enough, go back in for another round to blend some more.
*I love Ulta’s It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Flawless Blush Brush
2. Then it’s time for a pop of color with a pretty blush on the apples of my cheeks
*Pictured is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Glisten
3. Finally, I top it off with a splash of highlight on the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow.
*Pictured is Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal
As you can see, I like a very light application during the day time, however, I feel like it adds a little more color and dimension to my skin. And as you can see, even though the bronzer appears to be very dark in the compact, the overall look is very natural post blending.
New to bronzer? Check out Lisa Elridge’s How to Wear Bronzer Beautifully tutorial. This veteran celebrity makeup artist has all the tips and tricks to help you achieve a natural glow. I’ve been following her for over 10 years.
Over the years I’ve relied on my YouTube makeup artists to guide me through the application process. I’m not the type of person who likes to use bronzer to contour. I want the natural sun-kissed appearance…if the bronzer so happens to slenderize my face and neck, that’s just a bonus. My main goal — make me appear and feel like I came back from a warm, sunny exotic island!
Thanks for listening and happy blending!
Leave me a comment if you have any questions. I’d love to know which bronzers are your fav!