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?