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Sometimes, it’s all about faking it. And that’s exactly the case when it comes to using bronzer to create a faux sun-kissed glow. A bit of bronzer can help instantly transform your complexion by adding a hint of warmth. Of course, there is a flipside of that. If you apply too much, for example, you could end up looking like seriously orange. Follow the below bronzer rules to help create a golden glow that looks believable.
If you tend to end up with an orange tint when you use bronzer, it could be because you’re using one that is too warm-toned for your skin. Be particular about the shade of bronzer you choose, especially if you have fair skin with pink undertones. Look for bronzers with a hint of beige in them, which can help keep your complexion from looking too warm. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Summer Express Wash-Off Face Bronzer Cream SPF 20.
Is your bronzer too dark? The goal of using bronzer is to create a sun-kissed glow that helps add warmth to your face. While the obvious assumption might be that the darker your bronzer is the more tanned you’ll look, this isn’t actually the case. Creating warmth requires a shade that’s only 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone. If you go deeper than that, your face could end up looking like it doesn’t match your body.
To achieve the kissed-by-the-sun look you’re going for, stick with applying bronzer to just the high points of your face. These are the places that would naturally be warmed by the sun: your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. Dusting bronzer over your entire face can end up making your skin look dirty and muddy instead of glow-y and bronze.
The easiest way to apply bronzer in just the right spots is to follow the “3” rule. Use a brush to apply bronzer in the shape of a 3, going from your temple to your cheekbone and finishing with your jawline. Repeat on the opposite side, creating a backwards 3 shape and blend out. Remembering this simple technique can make all the difference when it comes to application.
When you’re working towards creating a sunny-looking glow, a bronzer packed with shimmer might seem like the right choice—but reconsider that for a minute. The sparkle can make skin look slick and greasy, along with instantly telling everyone your touch of a tan is totally fake. A matte bronzer is your best choice for creating realistic-looking radiance—but if you’re inclined towards a little illumination, make sure your bronzer has finely-milled shimmer and apply it to just your cheekbones.
Just like bronzer shouldn’t be used all over your face, it also shouldn’t double as your contour product, either. The point of contouring is to help create shadows on your face, which requires a cool-toned powder or cream with a grayish tint. Since the coloring of your bronzer is completely different from a good contour product’s hue, using it in this way may leave you looking neither bronzed nor contoured. Bronzer should be used to subtly complement your face, not change it. If you use bronzer to contour, your makeup may end up looking too heavy.
With only bronzer on your cheeks, the rest of your face could fall flat. Use a warm blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush, to add definition and a youthful rosy glow. Finish the look with a golden illuminator above your cheekbones, which can help create the effect of skin shining when hit by the sunlight. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden for a warm highlight.