It’s been some time since we’ve heard about bronzers, and unfortunately, their popularity seemed to have waned in recent years. However, they totally deserve a second chance this summer! Bronzers are a makeup product that gives a sun-kissed look to the skin, and before contouring, they used to be all the rage.
Recently, we are seeing bronzers coming back into regular use, but in a slightly new and different way from how they were used in the early 2000s. Bronzers can lend a youthful, sun-kissed, and even whimsical touch to any makeup look.
If you want to reintroduce this underrated makeup product into your routine, I’ve got some great advice about all the types of bronzers out there, how to choose the right one for you, how to apply bronzer beautifully, and I’ll also make it clear what the difference is between bronzers and other makeup products. Oh, and as always, I have some incredible bronzer recommendations coming your way!
Bronzers for Every Skin Type & Tone: Contents
• 12 Best Bronzers for Any Skin Tone and Type• Types of Bronzers• How to Choose the Best Bronzer Based on Skin Tone• How to Choose Bronzer Based on Skin Type• How to Apply Regular Bronzer• How to Apply Cream or Liquid Bronzer• Bronzer Makeup Tips and Tricks• Bronzer vs. Contour Powder• Bronzer vs. Blush• Bronzer vs. Highlighter
How to Apply Regular Bronzer
• Always start your makeup with a clean and moisturized faced.
• Apply your primer, foundation, concealer, and powder as you normally would.
• With a fluffy powder brush (Mr. Right is a classic, but if you are nervous about over-applying product you might prefer something like this fan brush), starting from the outer parts of the face, and working your way inwards, lightly apply bronzer to the high points of your face: the forehead, the cheekbones, the tip of your nose, and the tip of your chin.
• With a more compact powder brush (either clean, or loaded with a bit of your face powder), blend away any excess product and harsh edges.
• Finish off your look as you normally would with eye and lip makeup. You can also add highlighter, contour, and blush, but they are totally optional!
Bronzer Makeup Tips and Tricks
• If you get darker in the summertime, your matte bronzer can work well all over the face, to lightly darken up your pale wintertime foundation – just make sure it doesn’t contain too much shimmer, and that it matches your undertone perfectly.
• A matte bronzer can also double as a contour powder, so you can really switch it up depending on your mood.
• You can mix a liquid bronzer with your foundation, either to slightly darken it if necessary, or to get an all over glow.
• You don’t have to apply bronzer only to the face! A pale décolletage can also be bronzed up with the same powder or liquid bronzer you use on your face.
• If you’re short on time while doing your eye makeup, a more matte bronzer can work well as a crease shade, while a shimmery one can look beautiful as an eyeshadow for the lid.
• If you are having a very difficult time finding the perfect bronzer shade, think outside the box. Try looking at a pressed powder foundation that is a couple of shades darker than your skin; those tend to have a much broader color selection, so you will be likelier to find a perfect match.
• For a rustic, youthful look, apply bronzer a little more liberally on your cheeks, and across your nose. It’s an almost sunburned look that has become popular on Instagram, because it looks unique and innocent. Pair it with faux freckles for extra whimsy.