the time to find a decent, natural looking bronzer to keep you looking warm and radiant throughout the unforgiving weather. Bronzer can be a hard territory to conquer, because it can go wrong so easily. What’s intended to be a golden glow can turn out looking like an orange cast, or dirt on your face. Here’s some tips to keep in mind when shopping for the right bronzer.
CREAM, LIQUID, AND GEL PRODUCTS WILL ALWAYS LOOK MORE NATURAL
Powder is far and away the most popular formulation for any cheek product, including bronzer. A lot of people really dig the convenience of powder in a compact that they can apply with a brush and carry with them. Sometimes, however, the convenience of a powder bronzer simply won’t trump the effect you would get from an alternative formula, because powder looks dry and sits on the surface of the skin.
Cream, liquid, and gel products will be absorbed by the skin, and reflect with the light in a way that powder can’t. If you want a hyperrealistic look to the face, consider going in this direction. It’s far less likely to look like makeup.
Red toned bronzers exist. Why? I have no idea. I cannot think of a single scenario where it would ever be a good idea to use a bronzer that’s red in tone. The red tone gives it away on the spot that it’s makeup, because it’s impossible to make the artificial red look natural. Well, there is one way that you can make it look natural, and by natural, it would look like your skin is naturally irritated. Stick with neutral brown shades for a bronzer.
BE CAREFUL WHERE AND HOW YOU APPLY IT
Don’t use bronzer like a foundation adjuster. Dusting brown powder over your entire face will give the appearance of dirt. You need to use a light hand and only use bronzer around the perimeters and contours of the face, avoiding the center of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the center of the chin, and the center of the cheeks at all costs.
DON’T ALWAYS REACH FOR THE DARKEST COLOR
This is an essential piece of advice for people with lighter skin. Sometimes, ranges of bronzers will have a shade that looks more like
a highlighter shade and is often mistaken for one. This is actually intended to be the bronzer for fair skin. When an extreme level of contrast is created, the appearance can be somewhere in the realm of drag makeup. Extreme contrast doesn’t ordinarily occur, so you’ll want to prevent it as much as possible. For fair skin, always reach for a more champagne shade.