For some of us, bronzer is a staple, just like our favourite pair of denims. But if you’re a noob, it can be a little intimidating. But trust us, it’s no biggie! While bronzer adds no major colour to the skin, it is actually used to make your skin tone warmer, so you can flaunt beautifully sun-kissed skin all year round. All you have to do is master the basics! And we’re here to show you how.

Here’s everything you need to know about applying bronzer.

P.S. Don’t be surprised when someone asks, “Did you just return from a beach vacay in Miami?” Just blame it on your bronzer A-game!

Tip #1: Pick a bronzer that is not more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone
 

Tip #1: Pick a bronzer that is not more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone

Any bronzer darker than two shades will make that tan look unnatural. While picking an ideal bronzer, take your skin’s cool, warm and neutral undertones into consideration so that the product matches your overall colouring. Next, decide what kind of finish you want—there are two: matte and shimmery. A matte bronzer gives a natural finish, whereas, a shimmery bronzer gives a highlighter finish. And lastly, pick a formula to suit your skin type. Cream, gel and liquid bronzers are easier to work with and are best for dry skin types, whereas, powder bronzers suit oily skin types.

Tip #2: Apply bronzer to areas where the sun hits your skin

Putting bronzer all over your face is a strict no-no. To achieve a softer glow and a sun-kissed look, it’s best to apply bronzer to the top of your cheeks, the tip of your nose and above your temples. And, if you want, use it sparingly on your neck and under your chin as doing so will even this area out with the rest of your face and body.

Tip #3: Number “3” is your cue

If you ever forget the correct way of applying bronzer, simply remember the number three. Take your bronzer and draw a number three on your face, starting from your temple to your cheekbone and ending at your jawline. When you apply bronzer to the three main points of your face, it will look perfectly contoured.

Tip #4: Use a brush for that perfect finish
 

Tip #4: Use a brush for that perfect finish

If you want your bronzer to look picture-perfect, then using a brush for application can help you achieve just that. The softer your brush is, the softer the effect will be. For all those looking for a subtle finish, you must try a soft brush, whereas, if you’re looking for a denser, sharper finish, then a firm brush is something you should work with.

Tip #5: Bronzer comes right after setting powder

When it comes to bronzer, most girls are confused about when to apply the product. So, here’s solving the mystery for you once and for all! Bronzer comes right after setting powder, and ends up defining your features. Apply setting powder only on the high points of your face or areas that tend to look oily and then go in and add warmth with a bronzer. Doing so will tie your look together!

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