How to Apply Bronzer

Summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to pull out those bronzers!  The trick to applying bronzer is to pick the best shade and apply sparingly- too much and you’ll look dirty, and the wrong shade will make you look like an oompa loompa…

I apply my bronzer somewhat differently than other makeup artists as I like my bronzer to be a bit darker to give me a suntan look, but here’s my tips for applying bronzer:

  • Using either a contour brush or a rounded face brush to apply just under the cheek bones, then blend upwards onto the cheeks
  • You can also apply bronzer along the temple and top of your forehead to give a sun kissed glow
  • Pick your correct shade- you want something that is just 2-3 shades darker than your skin
  • It is up to you if you want a shimmery bronzer or a matte finish one- shimmery ones will give a nice glow, but it can also emphasize pores

My favorite matte bronzers:

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

Cargo Matte Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder


My favorite shimmery bronzers:

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Sephora Sculpting Disk

Too Faced Carribean in a Compact


Best tools for applying bronzer:

MUG Deluxe Contour Brush

MAC Small Contour Brush




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