How NOT to wear bronzer
Bronzers are a mainstay in any modern make-up bag, however, choose the wrong type and you risk looking like you’re in need of a good wash – we’re talking to you Lindsay Lohan! Here’s how to ensure you look bronzed and beautiful.
Don’t go too dark
To avoid a bronzing disaster, it’s crucial you choose the right shade. The rule of thumb is to go only one or two shades darker than your natural shade. If you’re very pale, it’s a good idea to choose a bronzer with peach or rose undertones. Bronzers that have multiple shades also look more natural than one overall shade. We love Maybelline’s Dream Sun Bronzing Powder, £5.99, which comes in different tones suitable for blondes and brunettes.
Don’t use the brush it comes with
Bronzers often come with a little brush. Unless you want to look like you’re living in the ‘80s – ditch it. You need a large brush that is specifically for blusher or bronzer. The only difference between the two is that a bronzer brush has more tightly-packed together bristles so you pick up more colour. Try Clinique’s bronzer brush, £24.99, or M&S Limited Edition Kabuki Brush, £8.50.
Don’t apply it all over your face
The key to making sure your glow looks natural, is to only apply bronzer on the areas where you would normally catch the sun. Some experts say to trace a 3 on the side of your face, starting at your temple, going onto your cheekbone and finishing on your jaw line for that perfect sun-kissed look.
Don’t choose glitter
Glittery bronzer is only a good look if you’re competing in Strictly Come Dancing or you’re a 6-year-old attending a princess party! Glitter can make your face look shiny – matte bronzer is a much classier choice.
Don’t be one dimensional
A shimmery bronzer such as Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, £33, is a great way of adding highlights to your tan and defining cheekbones. Use sparingly though – you don’t want to look like you’re a shimmering disco ball.
Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend!
Regardless of brand, colour or tools, bronzer needs a good amount of blending to look natural. If you don’t blend enough you risk looking like an Oompa Loompa and no-one wants that. It’s also a good idea to apply bronzer gradually so you don’t end up looking like one big brown mess.