If, like some of us you’re stuck behind your desk this summer there’s no reason to look like you haven’t been enjoying in the sun. Bronzers are a summer must-have, but can be used throughout the year to add that warm glow to your complexion. Lucky for you, right from picking the best bronzers to applying them correctly, we’ve got all the details down for you in one place.
1. How do I pick a bronzer?
Pick a shade that is at least two tones darker than your skin tone. Bronzers that have contrasting colours work best to give a natural glow as opposed to mono-tone ones that can sometimes end up looking too orange.
2. Is matte better than shimmer?
Matte bronzers can be used to contour and add definition to the face. Shimmer finishes add more of a glow and are best suited for a night out.
3. Should I get one in loose powder or compact form?
Generally, in terms of application, compact bronzers are easier to manipulate. Working with loose powders tends to get a bit messy. Bronzers are now available in cream and liquid form as well. Apply these as you would a cream blush or tint.
Products to try: 1. Guerlain Terracotta Light, 2. The Body Shop Baked-to-Last Bronzer, 3. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, 4. Smashbox Bronze Lights, 5. Benefit Hoola
4. Do I need a special brush?
A fluffy powder brush is your best bet. It covers more area on the face and helps blend the product evenly. A smaller brush is likely to leave streaks. Don’t forget to dust off excess product before applying bronzer.
5. Where should I apply bronzer for the most natural look?
Sweep on bronzer where the suns rays would naturally land – around the hairline, down your nose, tops of your cheekbones and your chin. And remember to blend well. Pro tip: Follow a three-shade rule when it comes to bronzer. Foundation in your natural shade. Set it with loose powder in a shade deeper and follow up with bronzer in two shades deeper than your natural skin tone.