I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]
Summer is in full swing, but late July and early August don’t bring natural tans for everybody. Or, if you’re like me, you are tanner than you were in April, but that’s not saying much. You could even be the type of person who has a tan body but a pale face, which probably means that you have been diligent about your SPF (your skin will thank you later). Maybe you’re a porcelain-skinned beauty who longs to be bronzed. Whatever the case, the pale girl’s guide to bronzer will help you figure out how to achieve a summer glow (without looking orange).
- Finding the perfect shade: If you are fair skinned and on the hunt for a good bronzer, make sure that you swatch them on your arm. Use the inside of your wrist to get an idea of how the bronzer will look on the fairest part of your skin. If it looks orange, back away from the bronzer, because it is not meant for your skin tone. If you are shopping at the drugstore, and you don’t have the option to swatch, opt for the lighter shade if possible. The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer comes in multiple shades, as do some of the bronzers by Rimmel and Wet ‘n Wild. Choosing a lighter shade may seem like a no-brainer, but if you are ambitious and want to look like a real beach goddess, you may be tempted to reach for a darker hue. Keep in mind that a too-dark bronzer will look unnatural (and not cute) on your skin, but a bronzer suited to your skin tone will boost your color for an appealing natural glow.
- To shimmer or not to shimmer? That is the question: Some bronzers are matte, others have a shimmer or sheen to them. I personally like both types of bronzer, but they can have a different effect. This video from Sephora helps outline some bronzer basics, and it cites the ever-important rule that a glittery bronzer is not going to make a natural contour color.
- Bronzing isn’t contouring: I love bronzers, but I am not a huge contouring fan. When I do contour, I rarely use bronzers. A matte bronzer can be used for a soft contour, but I prefer to use my bronzer to create a sun-kissed glow. I blend bronzer on my cheeks (either under or instead of blush) and on my temples and jawline. If you go a little crazy and end up getting some bronzer on your forehead or chin, just blend it in. One of my absolute favorite bronzers for a natural glow is the subtly shimmery Too Faced Bronzer in the shade “Snow Bunny.” It is marketed as the bronzer for a perfect winter glow, but I plan to use it all year round.
- Bronze your neck: Once your face is beautifully bronzed, make sure you remember to blend a little bronzer onto your neck. If you forget this step, you may end up with a tan face juxtaposed against a white neck. I love using the Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon bronzer in Ticket to Brazil to bronze my neck, and sometimes even my chest.