Use Skin Bronzer to Create a Warm Facial Glow Anytime of Year

Many women use skin bronzer during the summer months to help warm up natural skin tones and create a sun-kissed appeal. However, they are perfect to use anytime of the year to create a more youthful glow. In fact, they are a fantastic choice in the fall, winter, and spring because you’re less apt to have a nice tan.

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There are differentiating opinions about how to apply bronzer, because of the various face shapes. There just isn’t a one-size-fits-all recommendation but there are some specific guidelines you may find useful. Using shading and highlighting techniques, you can help accentuate cheekbones (for example) by diminishing (shading) just under the cheekbones.

You’ll need to experiment when using skin bronzer to figure out which areas of your face you want to shade and highlight.

What are Bronzers?





Bronzers are highly pigmented makeup colors that add warmth to your face, which makes your skin look sun-tanned without the risks associated with tanning. On some occasions, you can also use them to even out or correct your skin tone. They are generally darker in color than foundations and are designed to give your complexion a healthy glow.

Short History of Skin Bronzer

If history teaches lessons, one of them would be about sun exposure. Having a sun tan was not fashionable until the early part of the 20th century, when Coco Chanel was photographed on vacation with a rich dark tan. This changed fashion trends forever.

Before that time, dark skin tone was associated with the working class, because they spent long hours working out in the hot, blistering sun. Pale skin was treasured by the upper class as you can see from the many paintings of women and men from that time. If you look at the Mona Lisa painting for example, her skin is pale white and pristine; which was a sign that she came from a family that enjoyed a richer style of life.

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The Difference Between Blush and Bronzer

Blush is used to create a healthy, rosy glow. Bronzer is used to create dimension by contouring the face. You can use them together or not. The choice is completely up to you!

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Choosing Your Skin Bronzer

Boy, Linsay Lohan was sure didn't use good judgement applying bronzer in the image above. That's why you must be careful about the shades you use. Bronzer can be a problem for anyone with pale skin because many times the pigments can have a slight orange tint. However, not all of them do so be vigilant and selective choosing the right product for your skin tone. Generally, choose colors that are one or two levels darker than your natural skin tone. If you tan during the summer, you’ll need darker shades than you do during the other seasons of the year.

They come in powder, liquids, sticks, and creams. Generally, use powdered or mineral bronzer if you have normal to oily skin. Use liquids, sticks, or creams if you have normal to dry skin.

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One of the very best products on the market is Physicians Formula Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Powder, as pictured above. Why? Because glow pearls contain a multi-faceted variety of colors, which helps reflect light. If you choose a shade too dark for your skin, simply remove the darker colored pearls. You’ll never have to throw the product away, which is not the case with most other conventional bronzers, with only one or two colors!


How to Use Skin Bronzer

You will need a bronzer, a medium to large round/natural bristle makeup brush for powders or minerals or a makeup sponge or warm fingertips for liquids, sticks, or creams. Apply your product in places where the sun naturally hits your face; beside and under the bridge of your nose, along the forehead hairline down to the outer eye, under the apples of your cheeks, and just under the neck. To place the skin bronzer under your cheekbones, suck in your cheeks (fish face) so you'll know exactly where to place it. Remember, a little goes a long way so be a minimalist. You can always apply more if you need to.

Apply other makeup as you normally would. Apply skin bronzer last in most cases.

Powder Application

Dip and swirl your brush into the product and tap off excesses. Use the image guideline above and apply a small amount first, then build on and apply more if you need it. Blend up and out so you don’t leave lines of demarcation. If you get too much, remove excesses with a Kleenex, your makeup brush, or apply a translucent loose powder over it. Blend, Blend, Blend!
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If you’re using a makeup sponge, wet it then squeeze out excess water. Apply a small amount to the sponge and blend into your skin.

If using fingertips, warm them before using the product, then apply a small amount to fingertips and blend into the skin. Apply more as needed. Be careful though. Its much easier to remove powders than liquids or creams. However, if you apply too much, you can always tone it down by applying a small amount of a lighter shade of liquid or cream foundation over it. Blend, Blend, Blend!

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Skin Bronzer Tips

  • During the summer, using foundation may not be necessary. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer or translucent loose powder before bronzer application.

  • Avoid choosing too dark a color, which can make you look like a clown. Select shades that are only one or two shades darker than your skin’s natural tone.

  • Honey colored bronzers work great for pale or fair skin. Also, using shimmering bronzer for pale skin is a great reflective trick.

  • Copper shades or golden colors look great on olive skin.

  • Shimmery shades can emphasize pores so avoid them if you have large pores. Stick to matte colors instead.

  • To help contour a round face, instead of blending shades up and out under the cheekbones, blend them down. This helps shade roundness away.

  • If you have a narrow face, dust a lighter shade over your entire face to help reflect light. Avoid darker shades under cheekbones as this can make your face look even more drawn in.

  • If you have a medium skin tone, choose a rosy or golden color.

  • Pink toned face bronzer works well with blonde hair and blue eyes, while orange shades look best on brunettes with brown eyes.

  • If you’re using powders or minerals, apply a base powder to help the bronzer adhere to the skin and tone down the effects.

  • If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer or a sheer moisturizing foundation on your face before you apply makeup of any kind.

  • Applying bronzer unevenly or excessively only makes your skin look fake or dirty.

  • Check your makeup in the light of day to help ensure that it's not too heavy. Look for streaking. If too much product was used, use your fingertips or a brush to blend it out more. If that doesn’t work, apply a small amount of base powder over it or take some off using a Kleenex.

  • Wash makeup brushes regularly in warm soapy water or by soaking brushes in rubbing alcohol.

  • You can help set your makeup by using a makeup setting spray. Here's a list of the top recommendations. Read reviews to figure out the brand that suits you best.

    Urban Decay Dew Me
    Model in a Bottle
    Urban Decay All Nighter
    Mac Fix Plus
    Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish
    *Alternately, if you're trying to save money, you can make your own setting spray by using purified water mixed with a few drops of rose hips oil and/or glycerin. (Make sure your sprayer creates a fine mist.)

    There is no doubt that using a skin bronzer has it’s perks, especially when you think about the negative side-effects of getting a real tan. If you don't want to age your skin before its time, think about using alternatives. Sometimes all you need is a bronzer to enhance your skin tone and create healthy complexion.






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