Bronzer is not a new makeup product but its use and benefits have only recently been discovered by many. Bronzer can be quite a confusing topic for amateur makeup lovers since it is never really understood whether it is like a blush or contour. Bronzer is none of those things instead it is meant to add some warmth and color to your face so your skin does not look pallid and sickly. It could work as an alternative to tanning as well for people who prefer to not look too pale like they haven’t been in the sun for the past few years.
To achieve the best sun-kissed glow using a bronzer, you have to stop thinking of it as a contour or blush and think of it as a separate entity entirely. If you think that your skin is already tan enough and that you do not need bronzer, you are wrong. A bronzer can help make your complexion look healthier and make it glow naturally. You can even still use bronzer if you like your paler complexion as it can bring a bit of warmth to your face without compromising your complexion. Here are a few tips to help you understand how to apply and use bronzer the right way throughout the year and not just in summer.
Choose the Correct One
Bronzer is supposed to softly sculpt and bring warmth to your face. You are supposed to put it on strategic spots over your face so you look like you have a healthy sun-kissed glow. Many people confuse it for contour and use it to define their features. Using a bronzer to contour is an incorrect way to do your makeup. Contour is supposed to create shadows and be cool toned while bronzer has warmer tones and is meant to bring attention to the spots of your face where the sun hits.
Applying bronzer the wrong way can make you look like you have mud on your face instead of like you just got back from a relaxing sunny vacation. That is why it is essential to buy the correct shade and texture of the bronzer. It should be two shades darker than your skin color, not more. You should also consider the undertones of your complexion. Match the bronzer to the cool, warm, or neutral undertones of your complexion, or it could end up looking wrong on your face.
Bronzer is available in many different types of formulae like liquid, cream, and powder. Liquid and cream bronzers are better to give you a dewy look and blend well into your skin too. While on the other hand, powder bronzers can be easier to handle and give you a natural matte skin finish. Bronzers can also have a matte or shimmery finish. If your skin is textured then you may want to stay away from sparkle and stick with matte. Shimmery bronzer helps give you a natural glow and prevents the need for highlighters. Remember your preferences as well as skin type and complexion when buying a bronzer.
How to Use it During Winters
It is no secret that as soon as the first cold winter air blows, your skin starts feeling the effects. Our face goes through a lot throughout the whole year due to the changing weather. That is why there are ways and techniques to take care of your face during the different seasons and to look good as well. In winters, our face loses its warmth and becomes paler due to the reduced sunlight and cold air.
Many people complain about looking like ghosts during the cold season and it is fair because who doesn’t want to look warm and glowing in such harsh weather conditions. Because of that, bronzer should become your new best friend. Bronzer can bring back that color to your face that got lost in the cold winter air. By using a lighter tone and application of bronzer, you can still manage to look healthy
and beautiful even during the cold weather. The main point to remember is that you should not be using the same color of bronzer that you used in the summer. To look natural, get a bronzer that is only one shade darker than your skin tone. Then apply it with a light hand because caking it on your face can look unnatural.
Most people end up buying a bronzer because of the hype or to seem like a pro at makeup but not all of them know the proper technique as to how it should be applied. Just like any other makeup product or method, it depends on your current conditions and occasion as to how bronzer needs to be applied. For instance, in summer you can apply bronzer generously but that cannot be done during winters. It also depends on the kind of makeup look you are wearing. If you want a more natural and effortless look, then just lightly brush the bronzer on the perimeters of your face to create a natural warm look. You can go heavier with the application if your makeup is also more intense.
Bronzer application also depends on your face shape. For round faces, you should apply it on your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, eyelids and above the arch of your brows. People with oval-shaped faces should apply it mainly on cheekbones, all along your hairline and jawline while those with square-shaped faces, soften up the angles by brushing bronzer over your temples, jawline and just a bit on the cheekbones. You are only meant to put it on spots that get hit by sunlight the most. Brush a bit of it on your neck as well so it ties in with your face. And if you’re looking for an even more effortless look, take a small amount of product and brush it along the edges of your face in the shape of a ‘3’, covering your temples, cheekbones, and jawline.