Applying bronzer will help contour your face by giving your skin a bit of color, adding that bronze or golden glow and also highlighting your cheekbones therefore it is very important to learn how to correctly apply it. You want to make sure that you get a bronzer that is not too dark or too strong but just the right shade for you. In case you want to apply make-up under the bronzer it is important to wear a foundation that will make your skin appear tan so that the bronzer doesn’t appear so dark, this will make the colors meet in the middle.
The beauty about bronzers is that they can mask some features that you are conscious about like a wide nose and by applying your bronzer that is a shade lighter than your skin on both sides of your nose and then apply your foundation in order to blend your bronzer it will help create an illusion of a narrow nose.
Bronzers are known to have an active ingredient that it is called DHA which a perfect golden glow as compared to the artificial orange burnt color. With the DHA technology, lotion as well as creams now come with self-tanning ingredients. A bronzer which is known as a quick fix can last for about a week just like self-tanners but it depends on the brand and they can easily be washed off with water and soap.
It is important to know bronzer is right for you because they come in different types like quick sprays as well as creams. For example, the jungle bronze self-tanning spray that can last for about seven days and some of these sprays contain Vitamin A, C as well as E which are healthy for your skin because they are known as great anti-oxidants. Arden’s oil free is an example of a self-tanning lotion that is commonly and highly recommended for your body and face.
For those who are looking to have a permanent bronze, you can use a daily bronzer of which the accumulation of this use will result to a permanent natural tan. Make sure to check the bottle contains DHA bronzers.
Below is the procedure on how to apply a bronzer correctly:
- Clean face:
The first thing to do is to clean your face well before you start applying. Your skin should be clean and also dry.
- Remove all accessories:
It is important to remove all your jewelries around your face and neck before applying.
- Protective gear:
Make sure you wear a shower cap in order to protect your skin and also scalp from stains.
- Choose a bronzer:
Since the purpose is to darken your complexion, it is crucial to choose a bronzer depending on your skin tone and it needs to be two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Just to be sure, you can test a little of it on your face just to make sure that it warms your skin tone and that it does not look fake. For those who have a fair skin, it is recommended to get a honey colored bronzer, for those who have a medium complexion, it is recommended to get the gold flecked bronzer or the rose bronze and for those who have a dark skin, it is recommended to get the amber bronzer or the tawny bronzer.
- Get a bronzer brush:
While buying a bronzer brush it recommended to purchase a fluffy powder brush that has a rounded top. If you get the small brush, it will give you a blotchy result. It easy to access specialized bronzer brushes on the market however, if you have a large blush or even a foundation blush, it will do as well.
- Apply your foundation:
Bronzer is usually applied after you have applied the foundation. Make sure to apply these in an even coat all over your face in order to smoothen out your complexion and create a blank canvas for your contouring.
Make sure that you blend the foundation all the way down to your neck for it to look more natural and as you apply on your skin in a rotating motion.
- Swirl the brush evenly in the bronzer:
It is recommended to apply your bronzer in light and even coats in order to build up the color as opposed to adding only a single dark layer once.
Make sure that you avoid areas that are sensitive like your eyes and eyelids and also around your lips. If you are trying to apply different amounts of bronzer, make sure to consider the variations of your skin color. For instance, if your face is lighter than your arms, then you should apply less of it on your face.
- Areas to put on your bronzer:
When applying a bronzer, make sure to apply it on the areas on your face that are mostly affected by the sun and this will help you achieve the sun kissed look. Use light strokes as you apply the bronzer from the top of your forehead to the cheekbones all the way to your jawline and if you apply your bronzer correctly, it will be in a 3 shape on either side of your face.
- Check the bronzer in daylight:
Try not to apply your bronzer too heavy and make sure it has an even appearance. If you apply too much of your bronzer, then blend the bronzer down evenly using a cotton pad or you can apply a little base powder.
If you are applying in other parts of your body like your knees, ankles or in between your toes, make sure that you do not miss some parts otherwise your tan will appear artificial.
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