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How to apply bronzer - Makeup tips: Applying bronzer

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Get a natural bronze glow

With the weather warming up, your makeup routine should get a little warmer too. Bronzer can add a natural warm glow to your skin as you transition into the new season.

How to apply bronzer

Selecting bronzer

Bronzer is a terrific way to add a sun-kissed look to your skin without tanning. Your face bronzer should look natural - not orange or too dark. When selecting your bronzer, pick a color that is one or two shades dark than your natural tone. Select products with golden undertones.

Powder bronzer works well for those women with oily or combination skin, while liquid formulas are perfect for those with dry skin.

Applying bronzer

For powder formulas - both pressed powder and loose powder, use a large fluffy powder or bronzer brush. The key to a natural looking glow is to avoid applying too much. You can always add more if you need it.

Swirl the brush into the bronzer powder and tap it to remove any excess. You want to apply the bronzer to the areas of your face that the sun would hit naturally - the forehead, nose, chin and apples of your cheeks.

Apply in by swirling the brush on your skin. This will distribute the product evenly. Use a circular motion and blend toward upward and outward. Keep blending the bronzer until it looks natural.

For liquid bronzer, you apply the product in the same manner, except this time add just a couple drops of bronzer onto a makeup sponge. Don't worry about using too little. You can add more in layers. Use your sponge or fingertips to blend the color thoroughly.

Look at your face in the mirror in natural light. If you think you have used too much, you don't need to start all over. Use blotting papers to remove some of the excess and the diminish the color by dusting with loose translucent powder.

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