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Our Tips For The Perfect Bronzer Application

Posted by Ellie Swain on Aug 12th 2022

Our Tips For The Perfect Bronzer Application

The right bronzer application can transform a lackluster façade into a glowing complexion radiating good health. But, it’s also easy to apply bronzer the wrong way too.

Fortunately, we’re here to teach you the tricks of the trade to enhance your bronzer application to the next level. For that effortless surfer-chic sun-kissed skin in seconds, have a peek at our tips here.

Cleanse and Moisturize

Before you apply any sort of bronzer (or other beauty products, in fact), begin with clean, hydrated skin.

The is Clinical Cream Cleanser is powerful yet gentle enough for various skin types, including dry, hypersensitive skin. The cleanser contains a blend of bio-nutrients, antioxidants, and restorative ingredients that cleanse the skin, ready for moisturizer and makeup application.

Then, build layers of product and allow the formulas you’re working with to sink into the skin for a minute or two. Massage the skin with a dab of oil and moisturizer, and let it settle into the complexion for a while.

After a few minutes, blot the skin with a tissue to remove excess sebum. Apply your foundation of choice and conceal any imperfections. Let the products sink in and settle and then bot the skin with a tissue once again.

Prep for Perfection

Using a primer is a personal choice, but it’s a game-changer for some people. A primer keeps your makeup in place and provides a smooth base for blending.

If you decide to go for primer, apply it between your moisturizer and foundation for skin ready for makeup.

The Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer blurs fine lines and pores while hydrating and brightening the skin. It’s lightweight and non-greasy, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while mattifying the skin for a silky-smooth finish.

Pick the Perfect Shade

It happens – you grab your new bronzer and get to work only to reveal an unflattering orange glow instead of the golden, sun-baked look you were hoping for.

When it comes to selecting the right bronzer, your skin tone matters. Ideally, your bronzer should be around two shades darker than your skin tone and with the same undertone. It’s essential not to go too dark to avoid looking too unnatural.

If you have pink undertones, stay in that realm when choosing a bronzer for the most natural look. Opt for a neutral or warmer tone if you have olive or yellow undertones.

It’s essential to think about your end goal. Do you want to add a hint of glow? Or are you aiming to sculpt your features?

For contouring, seek a bronzer with cooler undertones. For a sun-kissed vibe, red undertones are best.

Consider a Cream Formula

The trick to a gorgeous natural glow isn’t just where you apply bronzer but also the product's texture.

Gel and crème bronzers can blend into the skin well without sitting heavy on the skin and looking cakey. While there are some great powder bronzers out there, consider a cream formula for smoother application.

Combine cream bronzers with a great application and wait for the compliments to come flooding in.

Apply in the Right Spots

For excellent bronzer application, apply a dime-sized amount of cream bronzer onto the back of your hand. Grab a fluffy blush brush and buff the product into the temples of your forehead, underneath the cheekbones, and a bit on the neck and jawline.

Be sure to leave the center of the face free from any shimmer and bronzer, so those areas appear brighter. A good rule of thumb is to add bronzer wherever the sun hits the face for a natural application.

Avoid caking your brush with bronzer and swiping it directly over the skin. Bronzer’s strong pigment can be too heavily concentrated in one area. The best technique is to swirl, tap, and apply.

Take a step back to check out your application in the mirror. If you have oily skin, live somewhere hot, or anticipate getting warm, it might be best to layer up a cream bronzer with a powder formula.

Applying a powder bronzer on top provides more longevity, setting your makeup for hours longer.

Use the Right Brush

Many people choose kabuki brushes to apply their bronzer. But brushes with dense bristles like these can cause you to overapply the bronzer.

For a lighter application, go for a fluffy blush or powder brush or an angled bronzer brush with loosely packed bristles.

Do you want more makeup and skincare advice? Here’s how to make your foundation look like a second skin .