Common bronzer mistakes: How to look naturally sun-kissed

Bronzers are a mainstay in any modern make-up bag, however, choose the wrong type and you risk looking like you’re in need of a good wash - we’re talking to you Lindsay Lohan!

Here’s how to ensure you look bronzed and beautiful.

Don’t go too dark
To avoid a bronzing disaster, it’s crucial you choose the right shade. The rule of thumb is to only go one or two shades darker than your natural shade. If you’re very pale, it’s a good idea to also choose a bronzer with slightly peach or rose undertones. Bronzers that have multiple shades also look more natural than one overall shade. One of our favourite bronzers ever, Benefit Hoola, now comes in Lite – as well as shades that work with darker skin – enabling everyone to get that fabulous, natural matte glow.

Don’t use the brush it comes with
Bronzers often come with a little brush. Unless you want to look like an ‘80s extra in a music video – ditch it. You need a large brush that is specifically for blusher or bronzer. The only difference between the two is that a bronzer brush has more tightly-packed together bristles so you pick up more colour. Try Real Techniques powder brush, £12.99, which picks up just enough bronzer to give you a light glow.

Don’t apply it all over your face
The key to making sure your glow looks natural, is to only apply bronzer on the areas where you would normally catch the sun. Some experts say to trace a 3 on the side of your face, starting at your temple, going onto your cheekbone and finishing on your jaw line for that perfect sun-kissed look.


Don’t choose glitter
Glittery bronzer is only a good look if you’re competing in Strictly Come Dancing or you’re a 6-year-old attending a princess party! Glitter can make your face look shiny – matte bronzer is a much classier choice.

Don’t be one dimensional
If you’re a bronzer novice, try one that comes with other shades mixed in so it’s not just one big block of brown. Include a big of shimmer – not glitter – can also make it easier to blend and add a natural glow, rather than a full-on bronzed up look. Try the Neo Bronzer by Kevin Aucoin, £42. Yes, it’s pricey but it’s a good size and will last a whole lot longer than the British summer…

Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend!
Regardless of brand, colour or tools, bronzer needs a good amount of blending to look natural. If you don’t blend enough you risk looking like an Oompa Loompa and no-one wants that. It’s also a good idea to apply bronzer gradually so you don’t end up looking like one big brown mess.

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