What is a cosmetic bronzer?
It seems that everyone in magazines, billboards, and television shows has that golden glow that many of us crave. How do they do it? Most likely their glow comes from the hand of a makeup artist, and not from hours of laying under tanning lights. If you are wondering how to get that glowing, sun-kissed look without damaging your skin in the sun, take a tip from makeup artist and try a cosmetic bronzer. It may be what you are looking for.
How do I know what color to use?
Simple. Find a bronzer that is not too much darker than your own skin tone. One tip is that if you have to blend it in, it’s too dark for you. You want to find one that you will be able to build up gradually.
Where do I apply it?
The idea is to apply the bronzer in the areas that the sun would naturally hit. These areas include your cheekbones, forehead, and shoulders. Start with a small amount, and gradually add more until you have the appearance of being delicately kissed by the sun.
What about “face sculpting?”
Using bronzer is an excellent way to create the illusion of a sculpted face. Try these 5 tricks:
1. Want more cheekbones? If you would like your cheekbones to stand out more, brush some bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks.
2. Want to lengthen your face? If you want to lessen the width of a round face, brush some bronzer along the sides of your face. This gives you more of a vertical appearance.
3. Want to shorten your forehead? Brush bronzer on the top of your forehead to visually shorten it.
4. Want to add more of a “bridge” to your nose? Try brushing some bronzer along the sides of the length of your nose.
5. Want to add more definition to your chin? To add more definition to your chin area, brush bronzer along your chin, where it meets your neck.
What about “body sculpting?”
Yes, you can use bronzer to create definition on your body as well. You can use bronzer to create the appearance of six pack abs, or to highlight your collar bones. This takes some practice, but it is a trick used by makeup artists to really make a model look “chiseled.”
Applying cosmetic bronzer correctly takes a bit of practice. Once you get the hang of it, though, you will love what it does for your look. So now that you’ve learned a bit more about how to use bronzer, why not buy some of your own and try practicing a bit?