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Tips To Sculpt Your Face Using A Bronzer
From models to film stars to TV actors to your neighbour, almost everyone is flaunting a glow on their cheeks and a chiselled jaw line. And most of these are the handiworks of the make-up artist or the right cosmetics and not acquired by spending hours under the sun.
You can also get sun-kissed cheeks by mastering the art of using bronzer with these tips and without damaging your skin under the harsh UV rays. Eminent make-up artist Bobbi Brown feels that bronzer is the quick and easy way to warm up the skin and give it a healthy glow. Bronzers also help you create an illusion of a high cheek bone and a toned up face by highlighting your angles in the correct way.
Powder or Cream
Many prefer powder bronzer while others prefer cream or gel ones.
Those with normal to oily skins are advised to avoid the cream or gel bronzers as they make the skin too shiny and also may break out. Powder-based bronzers are ideal for them. Take a little powder on the brush, dust off excess powder before applying to keep the look natural.
Those with dry skin should opt for cream based bronzers. It will nourish the skin as well as give a warm glow. They can be applied with your finger tips or sponges. Put two to three small dots on the cheek bone and blend well.
Choose the colour carefully. Do not go for too orange or too shimmery shades. It should not more than two shades darker than your skin tone. For a very fair skin, pink or peach is ideal while those with medium or darker skin tone can go for earthy shades like chocolate, taupe, beige, sand, mocha, copper etc as per their complexion.
Bronzers should be applied very lightly, at places like cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, where the sun naturally shines, to get a natural glow. And remember that less is more. So begin with a little and gradually build up the colour. Choose a bronzer with multiple shades for better effect and a different look every time. Try out the shades on a clear skin at the counter before buying the right one.
How to Apply
You can easily contour your face with bronzers. Just follow these steps carefully.
Apply foundation all over your face, followed by a concealer to cover your under eye dark circles, eyelids and blemishes, if any. Then with an angular brush (try MAC brush #168 or Bobbi Brown Bronzer brush) take a little product and apply a matte coloured bronzer in an upward stroke from the centre of the hollow of your cheek to the hairline. The kwy is to blend well.
Then with a powder brush apply bronzer in long strokes along the hairline across your forehead, sides of the nose and along the jaws. Do not forget your neck, shoulder and collar bones. Finish with a blusher and powder for a gorgeous look.
Tips and Tricks
If you have a round face and want to make it look longish, apply bronzer along the sides of your face. Those with a long face can shorten it by applying bronzer on the upper side of your forehead.
And if want to add more bridge to your nose, do so by brushing bronzer along the sides of the nose. Use an eyeshadow brush to shape your nose as it will help you apply two long strokes along the sides of the nose more easily than a bigger brush.