As we all know, we’ve had a non-existent summer in the UK due to the weather and the ongoing COVID situation. This summer, we also experienced a lack of sunshine despite us finally being allowed out and socialising with loved ones, in true UK fashion. Travel restrictions are still in place, so the opportunity to get away to a hotter climate remains limited. All of these various factors for many of us has meant no natural tan bronzed skin!
We’ve been so sad about this, we decided to enlist our makeup tutor’s advice for achieving beautiful bronze skin without sun. Read on to find her tips for achieving glowy bronzed skin from the comfort of your home.
If you want to get that bronzed look, it is better to start with a good base. When the skin is well taken care of, you are more likely to achieve that glamorous glowy bronzed skin.
Exfoliating weekly will help with the appearance and texture of the skin. Well-hydrated skin both from the inside and the outside is just as important too. Once the canvas is well taken care of, here are some tips that can help anyone get that lovely bronzed summer look:
With shade matching, the general rule of thumb with choosing a shade for bronzer is one or two shades darker than the natural skin tone. Something to consider with bronzer is similar to foundation bronzers come with undertones too. For example, if someone has very fair skin, a peach or pink undertone is best. Someone with olive skin, a copper undertone is best. For those with darker skin, a deeper bronzer is best to make the skin look like it has naturally tanned.
Avoid orange bronzer shades if it’s a natural look that you’re aiming for. Also account for skin colour differences in winter and summer by having two bronzer shades on standby.
The type of bronzer you use will make a difference to the final outcome. Different bronzers offer different finishes that can draw attention to texture or pores. Picking a bronzer is not just as simple as choosing a shade and finish. You should decide on the bronzer’s finish based on your skin type.
Cream/gel-based bronzers are better for dry skin, and powder is better for oily skin. Powder bronzer is the most common due to the ease of applying powder, but cream bronzer is great for those who prefer a glowy finish.
How you apply your bronzer will determine the outcome of your bronzed skin.
The more common way of applying bronzer is by sweeping it across the contours of the face, such as; cheekbones and the bridge of the nose for a more natural bronze look. Another way to apply is around the eyes instead of eyeshadow. Some people do not like too much colour around their eyes, so bronzer is used to add some warmth and depth to the eyelid. It can either be used all over the eyelid or be used as a part of a smokey eye look.
To ensure that the bronzer looks more natural, there needs to be a contrast on the face for the look to stand out. Adding translucent powder across the temples and cheekbones can help bring out better bronze tones. This contrast will also create more contrast across the face and bring out the highlights of the face.
Not all face shapes should apply their bronzer in the same way, otherwise the opportunity to accentuate the contours of the face is missed.
On a heart-shaped face, the widest part of the face is the forehead. Bronzer should be applied on the temple and just above the hollow of the cheek. Whereas those with a square face have a sharper jawline so applying bronzer in a “W” formation from the apples of the cheeks to the bridge of the nose is better. The “W” application mimics where sunlight naturally hits the face.
Similar to square-shaped faces, rectangle-shaped faces also come with a sharp jawline. For natural-looking bronzed skin, the bronzer is applied on the top of the cheekbones, the tip of the chin and across the hairline. Oval shaped faces should lightly dust bronzer on the apple of their cheeks and blend some bronzer into the hairline for a natural tan look. Finally, with a rounded face shape, the widest part of the face is the cheekbones. The best way to apply bronzer is starting with the apples of the cheeks, then sweep it up and out onto the temples and close to the hairline.
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