November 15, 2010 at 11:33 am , by Chelsea Rae Simmons
What better reason to add a sun-kissed glow than dreary fall weather? But when it comes to using bronzer during the colder months, women (myself included) often find themselves, compact in hand, dumbfounded. Here are three tips to applying bronzer during any season:
Know your face shape. The shape of your face will determine the application technique you use. Joanna Schlip, makeup artist for Physicians Formula, suggests slimming a round face by adding matte bronzer diagonally across the cheekbone to contour and create shadows. Shorten a long, oval face by sweeping bronzer across the top of your forehead and on your chin.
Natural is key. You want to look like you just spent a weekend in Aruba, not a tanning bed. Apply bronzer only to the areas that would normally become sun-kissed while at the beach: cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and tip of your chin. To create a natural, streak-free finish, “Blend, blend, blend!” says Schlip.
Pick the right kind of bronzer. You should always choose the right type of bronzer for the look you want to achieve. For contouring, you’ll need a matte powder. “Only use shimmery bronzer for highlighting and make sure it’s one shade lighter.” For easy application use a blush/bronzer combo. (Try Physicians Formula Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush, $14 or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer, $9.50)
It’s time to get your glow on, ladies.