Whether you want to create a faux glow on winter white skin, or accentuate an already earned tan, it helps to know a few makeup artist tips on how to apply bronzer effectively to the skin. In this article, I’m going to discuss applying liquid bronzer to the skin.
If you aren’t quite sure whether liquid bronzer or powder bronzer is the right choice for you, first check out How to Fake it… Choosing Bronzer to help you make that decision.
Liquid bronzer is my favorite bronzer of choice if you want that dewy skin look. Many of the glowing, bronzed skin looks created by makeup artists are used with liquid bronzer because of it’s ability to reflect light. Powder bronzer tends to look more natural but will also be a little more flat and never give quite the same “glow”.
Liquid bronzer is also a great option for those who want to skip foundation altogether. On no makeup days, just mix a little liquid bronzer into your moisturizer and be done with it.
To apply liquid bronzer to the face, first begin by putting your liquid or cream foundation onto your skin as your base. The foundation will even out your skin tone and create a nice texture on the skin. This will help to grab the liquid bronzer and hold it into place. Then, apply the liquid bronzer on top of the foundation. A little on the cheeks and high plane of the forehead and on either side of your neck should do.
The best tool to apply liquid bronzer? Your own fingertips. A sponge will absorb too much liquid bronzer and waste a lot of your product. The texture of the sponge can also create “spackle marks” on your cheeks.
Liquid bronzer is also very versatile, as you can easily apply it to both the face and the body. It is the best choice for adding a little color to the arms, legs, and other exposed areas of the skin.
To apply liquid bronzer to the body, first decide whether you want to highlight certain areas of the skin, or whether you want an all over glow. If you just want to accentuate certain features, then you can apply the bronzer only to those areas… maybe touch a little liquid bronzer on your collarbone, shoulders, decolletage.
For a more even application onto the body, I recommend mixing equal parts body lotion and liquid bronzer in your hands before adding bronzer to the skin. Doing this will help dilute the bronzer a little and give your skin an all over shimmer.
Warning, most liquid bronzers do not “set” all the way as some self-tanners and spray tans can. So beware that any bronzer that you add to your body can and will rub off on your clothes.