I often get asked how I get that sun-kissed glow. My beauty secret: a great bronzer.
Perhaps you want to accentuate your beautiful summer glow or you have fair skin and would like to look a little more tanned. Shimmery, matte, dark, medium baked bronzers…With so many options, it’s easy to get confused! In this article, I’m sharing with you some basic fundamentals to help you choose the right bronzer and application tips to achieve an enviable bronzed complexion.
Choosing the Right Bronzer for Your Skin Tone
Selecting a bronzer that is suitable to your skin tone is probably the most important part. The goal is to look healthy and sun-kissed. Therefore you should choose a color that’s no more than one or two shades darker than your natural skin color. If you want to achieve a darker faux glow: try a self-tanner before you put on your bronzer.
If you have medium to dark skin tone, you’re in luck because most golden brown bronzers will work for you. If you’re fair skinned, I recommend beige-browns or honey-toned bronzers. Avoid reds or earthy dark tones because those shades will make you look orange and won’t look as natural. A basic pressed powder that is a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone is a great alternative for those women with very light skin.
Matte or shimmering?
Shimmering bronzing powder can look stunning at night but shouldn’t be applied all over the face because it can make you look oily. I prefer a matte finish to contour and create dimension in certain areas of the face. Adding a pop of peach or coral blush on the apples of the cheeks is a great way to achieve that brightening effect.
How to Apply
Imagine you are creating a 3 shape on both sides of your face. Use a big fluffy brush, sweep over the powder and tap off any excess product before applying. Start at the forehead along the hair line. Then follow along the hollows of the cheek and just under your jaw line. Use what’s left on your brush and lightly swipe across your nose and chin. Build color gradually instead of piling product all in one place. Over-applying can look artificial. Don’t forget to blend from the jawline to the neck to create a seamless appearance.
Products I recommend
A bronzer is a face product for which I like to invest money for 2 reasons:
- It lasts a long time (and is worth trying at the beauty counter before you buy).
- The shade and finishing options of luxury lines are numerous enabling you to find exactly what’s appropriate for your skin tone and the effect you are going for.
All prices are in Canadian dollars.
Nars Bronzing Powder – Laguna ($70): Award-winning product, it’s also one of my favorites and Martha’s as well. It’s a buildable bronzing powder that’s suitable for almost all skin colors. It has a gold-infused brown undertone, which delivers the perfect sun-kissed glow.
Yves Saint-Laurent – Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stone – Jasper ($63): A high pigmented matte bronzer with red undertone that’s suitable for medium to dark skin tones. The pigment is finely milled which offers a great smooth application. (Not shown on picture above)
Too Faced – Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer ($38): This bronzer comes in 3 different shades that fit all skin tones. It creates a radiant sun-kissed tan. Formulated with real cocoa powder, the matte finish neutralizes red and is great to contour. Love the nice soft sweet smell!
Tarte – Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer – Park Ave Princess ($38): Natural and versatile matte finish bronzer. The Park Ave Princess shade is said to be universal, but I would say it’s more appropriate for fair to light skin tones.