Get the right bronzer
Bronzer isn't just for summer. In fact, it's the colder (sunless) months when wearing bronzer can keep you looking healthy and glowing. But choosing the right shade can be tough. That's why we're sharing some expert tips for getting it right (as opposed to orange).
We asked Joanna Schlip, celebrity makeup artist for Physicians Formula, to share her tips for choosing a bronzer that will flatter — not detract — from your look. “When choosing a bronzer, it's important to get the color right so you have a natural glow,” she says.
How to choose the right shade
No matter your skin tone, the general rule is to choose a bronzer one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, Schlip tells us. “Never use a shade that's more than two shades deeper than your skin tone or it will look artificial.” The last thing you want is for your bronzer to look fake, especially in the winter when everyone is walking around paler than usual.
So what should you look for? Schlip shares her guide for choosing the perfect shade for your skin tone.
Quick tip: Look for a bronzer with multiple shades. When it's pre-blended for you, it comes across more natural as opposed to a one-dimensional shade, Schlip explains.
More than just bronzer
Bronzer is actually more versatile than you might think. Once you've found the right shade, it can actually be used for more than just a bit of golden glow. “Use it to sculpt your face and add dimension,” Schlip suggests. “You can define cheek bones and slim a nose with the right techniques.” To establish where to apply the bronzer, look for where the shadows on your face would naturally fall and use that as a guide for contouring and adding dimension where you need it. “Then, use a kabuki brush to blend and avoid lines of demarcation.”
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