{Beauty Panel} How to Apply Bronzer

What do Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Lauren Conrad, and Jessica Alba all have in common? They all have a sun-kissed glow. Yes, they could have gone on vacation to Bali, Tahiti, or maybe just stepped outside their backyard to soak up some sun. But as we all may know, their signature look had the added touch of a bronzer a healthy way of adding a hint of sun without the harsh sun rays.

Not only do bronzers create a beautiful glow, but it is also great for contouring to make certain features slimmer (face or nose) or to help certain features stand out (cheek bones).
Because my skin tends to get a bit oily, I prefer using powder bronzers. My current fave is a popular one, “Hoola” by Benefit. Other bronzers on my rotation list are NARS “Laguna”and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in “Dark”. All of these bronzers are matte and not very orange as looking like a shimmery Oompa Loompa is not very flattering.
My skin is pretty tanned as it is. I like to add bronzer more for contouring my face, or shall I say my babyface (oh these cheeks!). Applying the bronzer with an angled contour powder brush or a small blush brush is my favourite tool to use.  Here I’m using a contour powder brush from Royal & Langnickel (BE13). 

{Tips}:

  •  Choose a matte shade that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour.
  •  Suck in your cheeks to feel the hallow of your cheeks. This is where you should apply your bronzer to give your cheeks a slimmer look.
  • The angle of the application should be from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth use a brush handle or pencil as a guideline to create this angle. Begin the application from the top (close to your hair line) towards your mouth but stop once you reach the iris of your eye. You don’t want to make the bronzer strip way too long or else you lose the effect of contouring.
  • Don’t forget to always blend as you don’t want it to look like you have a bacon strip on your face!
  • Whenever you contour, you must always highlight. I like using “Soft And Gentle” by MAC.
  • In between the highlight and contour is where the blush should be applied.
  • You may also apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face (forehead, jaw line, etc.)

{Products used}:  

  • Benefit “Hoola” 
  • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft And Gentle” 
  • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty”

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