Bronzing Beauty Tricks
Having a fair or even pale complexion skin doesn’t mean that you need to resemble a ghost during the hot summer days when most people have a natural tan. Just look at Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone or Scarlett Johansson – these women (or rather their stylists) know how to help them look tanned naturally even with an artificially applied bronzer. Even the lightest of skin tones can benefit from the power of a makeup bronzer – and the best thing is that you don’t even to visit a professional stylist to learn some bronzer tricks.
How should you choose the products for bronzer makeup?
According to Cosmopolitan, the most important thing about the right bronzer is finding the best bronzer products and tools for your skin. And when most popular stylists say “the best” they mean that the product is good for your skin individually. You see, there is no such thing as a universally good bronzer. While one product may be a good bronzer for one person, that doesn’t mean it will be the best product for you. This is a product that may give you a warm, naturally looking, sun-kissed skin tone (not the apricot or orange colors that can are used for makeup in horror movies).
First things first, we need to bust that myth that applying a darker foundation for a tan look can work as well as a bronzer. The best stylist minds of Hollywood say that bronzers exist for a reason. You should start with a foundation that matches the skin tone of your face, neck, chest, and the rest of the body – its function is to cover uneven color, dark spots, and pimples. The purpose of a bronzer, on the other hand, is only to warm up your skin. Also, a body bronzer, despite the name, may look more natural and is available in a liquid or powder form.
Also, people tend to believe that bronzers and blushes can be the same. Keep in mind that this is another beauty myth. A blush comes in more red tones and is recommended for only your cheekbones to accentuate and give a pink blush, while a bronzer just gives a slight tan to contour points around your face. Now that you know the difference between a foundation, blush, and bronzer, you can check out these professional guidelines on how to choose a bronzing product:
How should you choose the bronzer’s tone?
While foundation should be the same color as your skin tone, the right tone of a powdered or liquid bronzer should be 1-2 shades darker than your natural skin tone. The popular makeup artist Hayley Dutton claims that for fair, almost pale or completely pale, skin tones, softer toned bronzers with the elements of peach, coral, and pink can be quite flattering. Also, she recommends using products with a few different tones like the so-called baked or mosaic style bronzers. Their palette may vary between golden bronze, warm pink and highlighting soft white shades. When choosing a bronzer for dark skin, you may find products with slightly yellow or gentle peach shades work best.
Why is the finish of your bronzer important?
Another popular U.S. makeup artist, Liz Jones, assures us that the finish of a bronzer does matter. She explains that a matte bronzer, as well as a shimmer bronzer, can be both good for “tanning” a pale complexion, but they are different and can be recommended for various purposes. A shimmer finish can help the bronzer blend into the skin better and can “forgive” even an amateur’s application. Shimmer bronzers can give a more natural glow to your skin. However, if you need to contour a pale-skinned face, a light matter bronzer can be a great option. Matter bronzers can be also more beneficial for oily skin.
Do you need to skin test a bronzer?
Liz Jones believes that you need to do this. There can be a huge difference between a bronzing powder, liquid bronzer, pressed product or cream bronzer. And only you can decide what bronzer’s textures match your natural skin tone the best. However, if you feel unsure about this, use these professional tips from Liz:
- If you prefer bronzing powders, opt for finely milled and mineral based products with a lightweight and buildable texture;
- If you want to use liquid or cream products, consider applying them under your foundation to create an illusion of a glowing, warm skin. Also, a cream bronzer can be the best option for highlighting the cheekbones with a soft and fresh glow;
- If you aim for a professional look, consider mixing powdered and liquid bronzers (before applying to the skin). Bronzing powders can make the skin dry, while a cool toned bronzer liquid helps keep your skin looking fresh.
Do you need a special bronzer brush?
Using the wrong brush for applying a bronzer can make you look like an orange with every layer of your bronzer makeup noticeable. Opt for the best bronzer brush or, at least, choose a top-notch brush blush. Basically, the only difference between these two types is that a bronzer brush usually has more bristles. This texture may give more color when you are applying bronzer. However, if you aim for a light, slight, less noticeable application, consider using a regular powder brush. They are commonly less dense and will help apply less product.
How should you pair your bronzer with other makeup products?
If you apply only a bronzer to your face, you may have a harsh look. That is why it can be more beneficial to pair it with some complimentary products that may warm your skin complexion for a more natural look. For example, to add some warmth you may additionally apply cream illuminators or blushes on the cheeks (under or on top of the foundation) by blending up to the high points for creating a nice flush.
Also, consider picking a lipstick with coral or pink pigments that may compliment a fair bronzer and strengthen the brows.
Guidelines for applying a face bronzer (based on the tips from Oprah Winfrey)
Even if you have the best drugstore bronzer with the right tone and texture, applying it wrong can make you look far from the perfection that you aim for. Yes, you will need some practice before achieving great results, but when you decide which products and techniques work best for you, you’ll be able to get the runway glow that most need teams of makeup artists to help with. Here are some tips to help you practice professional techniques for applying bronzer given by the expert stylists from Oprah.com:
1) At first, layer a liquid or cream bronzer to prevent the finish from looking too flat or dry. Use your ring finger to dot the bronzer along your hairline (just above the temples), over your cheekbones towards the nose, and, at last, down along the jawline.
2) Then brush on a bronzing powder in the same manner – hairline, temples, cheekbones, and jawline. Then, without applying more bronzing powder to the brush, dust it over the neck and nose, also including the tops of your ears.
3) Finish your look with any sheer highlighter powder to make the bronzer look more translucent and blend into your skin tone. Dust the highlighter above the temples, on the tops of your cheekbones, over the nasal bridge, and underneath the brow bones. Additionally, you may apply a sheer rose lip gloss.
Thanks to all these simple beauty tricks, you can look tanned naturally, just like the stars, by using the right bronzer for you. Additionally, you’ll be able to protect your skin from sun and lower your chances of sun spots and wrinkles by using bronzer instead of bronzing in the sun.