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.
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.
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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