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Bronzer, bronzer, bronzer!I love the look of a warm bronzer for Spring and Summer, but I have to confess I was once completely baffled as to how to properly apply bronzer.
In my early makeup days I was mystified by bronzers and wasn’t sure how to use them at all. I didn’t know if you were supposed to apply them in place of blush, with blush, or what! So, I headed to my favorite place before Sephora and Ulta existed – really, there was a time! The ladies at the local Clinique counter always had some great makeup tips to share, and one gave me a foolproof trick for applying bronzer perfectly every time. It has to do with the capital letter E and the number 3. Really!
First, though, lets discuss the difference between bronzer and contour powders like these cream sticks. Bronzers are golden toned and give your skin a warm, sun-kissed appearance, as if you spent some times out doors and got a nice tan. Contour products are cool toned and are used to sculpt your face, to give your cheeks and jawline definition. Different tones, but I apply both products in a similar manner – on the high points of my forehead, underneath my cheeks, and along the jawline. I use a contour product on my nose and keep the bronzer for my cheekbones. So, the method is: highlight on top of your cheekbones, blush on the apples of your cheeks and bronzer right underneath the blush.
Do you wear both a bronzer and a contour powder on your face at the same time? My answer is no, although I’ll wear a contour powder to sculpt my nose. Personally I prefer matte bronzers that work in the place of a contour.
The brush I’m using in this post is the Bdellium Tools 942 slanted brush and IT Cosmetics Bronzer Bye Bye Pores Bronzer in Beach. I love the slanted brush to get right into the contours of my cheeks and side of my face and this bronzer is a really pretty non-shimmery bronzer. Not that there’s anything wrong with shimmery bronzer, but I find that matte bronzers look the most natural.
What are some of your go-to bronzers?