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How to: Bronzer

How to: Bronzer

Bronzer isn't just for the summer when you have a tan, it can be worn all year round to add a chiselled finish to your cheekbones.

Whether you want to go for a subtle application or all out with a bold, in-your-face look, you should first know the ins and outs of the best ways to put it on.

It all begins with selecting the right shade; too dark can look like a beauty faux pas whereas too pale defies the object of wearing bronzer. A good way to figure out which is best is by going one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, which means if you're pale you don't need to go any darker than a light-medium option. However, if you have warm or sallow undertones to your complexion, most golden-brown shades will work on your face. If you want to add extra warmth, go for a peachy shade!

Moving onto putting it on, we're focusing on a powdered bronzer here. There are other options like liquid or mousse, so if you do use these try following the methods but use your fingers to apply instead to ensure it's rubbed in properly.

Once your face make-up (foundation, concealer and powder) is in place, pick up your brush of choice. We recommend using a blusher brush, a general powder brush or a stippling brush, which usually features two-toned bristles.

A good technique to follow is pretending you're drawing the number 3 on your face inwards towards your features, so taking the brush begin along the hairline on your upper forehead, bring it down to below the cheekbone in a swooping motion and finish with the same movement below your jawline. You're adding depth and shape this way and getting a stronger look rather than simply running a brush up your cheeks when sucking them in.

It may look a little drastic to begin with, but this is where a blending brush comes in. You want to make sure that you get rid of any obvious contrasts and lines by blending everything smoothly, especially when it comes to your neck.

Still feeling a bit too bronzed? A translucent powder is the trick here as it'll add a gentle layer on top of the bronze without covering it.

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