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.