We’re all told to apply sunscreen to keeps our skin safe, and reduces our chances of developing skin cancer, but as a result, our faces end up looking a little pale during the warm summer months. The good news is you don’t have to skip over your SPF habit, as you can still have a warm golden glow to your skin in seconds by using bronzer.

The tricky thing with bronzer is after a few small errors in the application, it’s easy to have a muddy orange complexion that has you shimmering in all the wrong spots. By learning how to properly apply bronzer, you can easily nail looking like a sun-kissed goddess with this quick guide.

Plus, with the hundreds of different bronzers on the market, how do you know which one is the best for you to purchase for your specific bronzing needs?

Are you interested in learning how to apply bronzer like a pro? Keep reading to learn more!

Understand Your Skin Type

While using bronzer will give you a sparkly shiny complexion, if you have oily skin, it can make your skin look greasy. Even if you’re someone with normally dry skin, if you plan on going out and getting sweaty, applying a shimmery bronzer to your skin can make you look greasy.

By sticking with a matte bronzer, it’ll make your golden glow look more natural. If after you’ve applied your matte bronzer, you decide that you want to add a little bit of shimmer to make your skin look glowing and fresh, you can use a highlighter.

To step up your glow game, apply highlighter over your shoulders, cheekbones, collarbone, and décolletage to give you that glow from within look.

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Use a Fluffy Angled Brush

The best brush that you can use to apply bronzer is an angled fluffy brush. The reason why you want to reach for this type of brush over your other options is that the angled cut of the brush fits to the curve of your cheekbone. This helps your bronzer to fit in with your natural face contour, providing a natural-looking definition to your face.

If you decide to use a liquid bronzer, we recommend first applying it with an angled brush and blending out any lines with a damp beauty sponge. You want to make sure you don’t leave and obviously defined line on your cheek, as it doesn’t look natural.

Buy the Right Shade

If you end up buying a bronzer shade that’s too dark for your skin, it can make your complexion have a muddy appearance. It’ll take away from the sun-kissed glow that you were looking for, which is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re buying the right shade of bronzer.

When you’re shopping around for the proper bronzer shade, buy a bronzer that has a hue that’s no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

Build Up

Applying too much bronzer isn’t necessarily a good thing, which is why it’s important that you use the product sparingly on your face for maximum results. Making sure that you layer your bronzer is key to giving yourself a sun-kissed appearance.

When you’re applying your bronzer, make sure that you’re doing so very lightly. You want to make sure that you aren’t overloading your brush with product, which you can ensure by gently tapping at the edge of your brush on a hard surface to remove any excess powder on your bronzer brush.

As you’re applying your bronzer you want to gradually blend in the product onto your face, as you can always build-up, but it’s very difficult to remove the bronzer after you applied it.

Use the Rule of Three

The easiest way to ensure that you’re applying bronzer in a way that follows your natural face contour is by following the rule of three. If you trace from your temple, to your cheekbone, to your jawline, you’ll notice that the path follows the shape of a three or an E, depending on which side of your face that you’re tracing.

You want to make sure that your bronzing these three points on your face, as it will give you the sun-kissed glow that you’re trying to achieve.

Another way to understand how bronzer is supposed to be applied to your face is thinking about when you go outside in your face has gotten sunburnt. The parts of your face that get sunburnt first are the tip of your nose, your forehead, and your cheekbones, as these are all the highest points of your face. The purpose of bronzer is to give you a sunkissed tan, which is why you would want to place bronzer where the sun would naturally leave some color on your face.

Apply Bronzer to Achieve a Sun-Kissed Glow

Understanding how to apply bronzer can really help you to step up your makeup game. Applying bronzer is a great way to give your natural makeup look a little more of a glow, but it’s also a great way to add depth to your full glam moments.

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