Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Starting Off Project: Week 4 - Bronzer

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The Starting Off Project

We're steaming right on into week 4 of the Starting Off Project and the topic of choice is bronzer.

What is bronzer and why do we use it? Bronzer is used to add a touch of colour, usually a natural, sun-kissed glow or for the ultra modern contouring we've seen adorning faces for a while now. They come in various forms, but are most commonly found in a powder and applied with a brush. Based on preference, you need to bear in mind that bronzer comes in matte, satin and shimmer. Shimmer is generally reserved for nights out or warmer months, matte for day to day wear and satin if you like a mix of the two.

If you've ever had a suntan, you'll know that it makes you look healthier, you apply less makeup and you feel full of confidence. Most of us aren't lucky to look like Californian goddesses all year round, so bronzer is our weapon of choice. The worry comes from finding that bronzer that will work for you, for your skin tone, and as we now know, your skin type. The last thing you want to do is throw money away on products that aren't going to suit you or just don't work with your skin, so to find the right bronzer for you, read on.

For a good contour, ensure picking a colour that's a shade or two darker than your natural, neutral tone. If you get it too dark, the colour can appear muddy and look dirty. For the fair skin lady, opting for a rose or peach coloured bronzer will compliment their delicate tones. Medium or olive skin will suit an earthy or copper coloured bronzer. And lastly, those with dark skin will be best suit rich, chocolate brown colours that have a slight shimmer. Some of my personal favourites for a healthy, bronzed look are MAC Sun Dipped and and Bourjois Bronzing Primer.

Now for the application. You may feel silly doing it, but the best way to apply bronzer is to suck in the cheeks and pull a 'fish face'. You see that line that has suddenly sprung up from your ear toward your mouth? That's where you need to apply your bronzer. Blend in a thin triangle from the base of the ear down just before the lips, otherwise you'll look fairly silly with a dark like all the way across your face. The key here is blending, and do it as much as possible for a really natural finish. Then you need to consider where the light hits and where you'd usually get a tan. Down the nose, around the hairline and your chin. I tend to brush a little around my neck, under my chin so that my jawline is slightly more prominent.  Just be light handed and build up the colour as it's much harder to get rid of bronzer without having to start from scratch. The worst thing is to use your bronzer like you would if you were painting with poster paint, but it is wise to use long, sweeping gestures to apply your bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks.

Lastly, what brush are you using to apply your bronzer? A big powder brush is going to do a little too much damage to the area you're covering so you need a smaller, fluffy brush with fairly short bristles. I tend to use my blush brush for my bronzer, doubling it up for some great multitasking.

What bronzer do you use? If you don't, which one is on your wish list?

18 comments:

  1. I use a blush brush for my bronzer too! I love my NARS laguna bronzer!

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    1. Think it just gives you that all over glow. I do use a contour brush if I need a little more sculpting though.

      xo

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  2. I just got the Bourjois one that everyone has as well as the bronzing primer but I haven't tried them yet. I like the Honey Bronze one by The Body Shop and Solar Powder by Soap and Glory. I like to use the Contour Cream by & Other Stories or NYX Blush in Taupe :)

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. All lovely suggestions, and all of which I want to try!

      xo

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  3. I'd love to try Hoola but the heavily scented of Benefit products puts me off every time I prepare myself to buy it! [I'm a student]

    But currently I'm using one of the Illamasqua Powder Foundations as contour :)

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    1. Hoola is lovely, my mum had that along with Dandelion and I used to 'borrow' it on occasion.

      xo

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  4. I love Nars Laguna.
    I always find the RT blush brush the best for bronzer.

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    1. NARS Laguna is on my list, always raved about by so many people!

      xo

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  5. Even in California it's hard to stay tan everywhere! I've been loving Gold Deposit as a blush because it gives a bronzey glow! But I usually opt for Benefits Hoola Bronzer! It's so good! Very informative post!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Valerie, very helpful! :) xo

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  6. I use both a Laura Mercier bronzer and a brush. Which sounds kinda like, Laura Mercier obsessive but I'm really not. The brush is there blending brush and you could use it for blush as well. It also works for highlighter if you choose. Wonderful little thing!

    I recently tried an Elf blush/bronzer duo and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of their bronzer. So that's a nifty little find since I think it was only around $4.

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. I'm dying to try Laura Mercier! I keep hoping someone will get the hint and get me some for Christmas, but we'll just have to wait and see. ;)

      xo

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  7. It's so hard for me to find a bronzer that suits my skin tone! I use Laguna sometimes but I actually just prefer blusher/bronzers because they look more natural on me! I definitely use blush brushes for bronzer too... the Real Techniques one is great!

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    1. I think it might be worth looking at getting darker shades of powder. I heard this is a fairly good technique as they don't come off as yellow!

      xo

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  8. I love the real techniques contour brush for contouring.

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    1. I've been using it recently myself for really defining areas around my face. I double up and use it for highlighting too!

      xo

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    1. I still feel my technique leaves much to be desired, but many that's because I don't seem to have the time to do it all flawlessly. Maybe one day I'll pin everything down and it'll just click!

      xo

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