To get the most natural look when applying powder bronzer, it’s important to use both the right tools as well as the right application techniques. In this article, I’m going to explain how to get the most natural look when you apply powder bronzer, and where to strategically place the bronzer to get your faux glow.
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Powder bronzer is the easiest and most adaptable bronzer you can use and can quickly be applied to both the face and body. If you aren’t sure whether to use powder bronzer or liquid bronzer to begin with, check out my article How to Fake it… Choosing Bronzer.
To get the most natural look, I recommend using the proper brush to apply powder bronzer. The best tool I have found is to use a very large loose powder brush, preferably one that is more than two inches in width at the widest part of the bristles. I recommend the #150 by MAC for applying bronzer.
A very soft and wide brush will be the most flexible and will softly sweep the powder bronzer across your skin. Using a brush any smaller than this can make the bronzer too concentrated and can often lead to bronzer “stripes”.
I like to apply the powder bronzer as the last step in finishing up a makeup application, as this can prevent the bronzer from looking too heavy handed. So first, apply all of your makeup, including blush, and set with a little powder. Then, you can lightly dust on the bronzer afterward for the finishing touch.
To add bronzer to the skin, visualize where the sun would most likely tan you first, and then add the bronzer to those areas. So, sweep a little across your forehead and then slightly under your cheekbones to enhance your bone structure. And don’t forget to add a little to both sides of your neck! I also like to add a little to the collarbone, decolletage and shoulders.
I’m a big fan of using mineral makeup when it comes to powder bronzer. The smooth application of mineral based products give a much more natural and less “powdery” effect. And after all, a subtle tan is what we are after! My go-to bronzer is Bare Minerals Ready Powder Bronzer.
If you find that the powder bronzer that you want to use is either too shimmery or too dark, then try swishing your brush into your face powder compact first and then add a little bronzer to the bristles afterward. This will “dilute” your powder bronzer and give you a more even application.
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