Bronzer is one of the most beloved and most abused products. Here’s how to do it justice.
♥ Choose a color that’s no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. “The most natural-looking bronzers mimic a real tan- golden brown without a hint of red or orange,” says makeup artist Quinn Murphy. Look for soft, neutral shades with the subtlest light-reflective particles.
♥ Pressed powders create the most authentic effect. Two that work on most skin tones: Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde and Shiseido Makeup Bronzer in Light (Guerlain, sephora.com; shideido.com)
♥ Avoid shimmer. A real tan doesn’t sparkle; a fake one shouldn’t, either. Plus, shimmer can make skin look oily. If you have a glittery bronzing powder you love, use it as an eyeshadow.
♥ Apply judiciously. Swor; a medium-sized blush brush over the bronzer and tap it onto a tissue before applying to avoid an overdose. If you sweep it all over, “you’ll end up looking dusty and flat, “Murphy says. With a light hand, brush the bronzer where the sun typically hits your face: the temples, the bridge of the nose, the jawline, and the tip of your chin.
♥ Keep the rest of your makeup soft and warm: sheer rose or apricot shades for lips and cheeks, shimmery gold or bronze eyeshadows, and black or brown mascara.