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How to: Summer Bronzy Glow

Sara Kamman

Posted on July 13 2015

Hello ladies!

Summer is among us, and with that comes hot weather, sunny days, swimming pools, iced coffee, and bronzy makeup. Yes, it is finally that time of year where we can switch up our makeup routine. Good-bye heavy foundations and hello BB creams! So long contouring and welcome back bronzer! In today’s post, we are going to talk about how to achieve that summer, bronzy glow and a few products to help get us there. Enjoy!

Ok, so what exactly are bronzer and highlighter? I am so glad you asked that question! The goal of bronzing is to slightly warm up your face instead of sculpting your face and creating deep shadows (that’s what contouring is for). Highlighter, on the other hand, is used to brighten up certain parts of your face to make your skin appear “glowy”. So, in order to achieve a summer, bronzy glow, we need to use both highlighter and bronzer. Don’t worry, we aren’t piling on the makeup, we are just adding a couple of steps. Bronzing and highlighting can seem intimidating at first, but I promise you that it’s not! Let’s break it down.

When applying bronzer, the general rule of thumb is that you apply a “3” and an “E” to the sides of your face. For example, on your left side of your face, you are going to make a big “E” with your bronzer. You start at the temple of your head and blend some bronzer, then you swipe the brush all the way down to right under you cheek bone, and start blending in a back and forth motion. Finally, you take the brush down under your jawbone and slightly blend underneath there (Do you see a theme here? Blending is key!). When you finish, you will see that you made a gigantic “E” on the side of your face! So, on the right side of your face, you’re going to do the EXACT same thing, but you will be making a “3”. See what I mean?

Ok, now let’s add some glow! Highlighter is not nearly as time consuming as bronzer. You are typically going to apply highlighter right on top of your cheekbones, a little on your chin, in the center of your forehead, and maybe down the bridge of your nose if you feel like you need it. One place I really enjoy applying highlighter is on your cupid’s bow, which is the little “V” on the upper lip. When applying highlighter, the trick is to use a very light hand. You are gently sweeping highlighter on your face, not blending into your pores. If you apply it too harshly, you may look like a disco ball… Below is a diagram that I found to be very helpful! It shows the proper placement of bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

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Personally, I love using powder highlighters and bronzers, but you can use cream ones! Depending on your preference you may use a brush to apply the product or a sponge. To be honest, it just kind of depends on what feels and looks better to you. Since I use powder, I apply my bronzer with a big, fluffy brush and my highlighter with a fan brush. If you use cream products, you may be using a flat top makeup brush or even your fingers! Again, it’s all about how you think is best.

The two products I use for highlighting and bronzing are the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder and the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. Both of these products are great in my opinion, and I highly recommend them.

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I hope this post helped you to better understand what highlighting and bronzing is supposed to do and how to actually apply the products. They are two great products that will not only give you a nice bronzy glow, but it will make you look more fresh and awake! Leave us some comments below, and tell us what you think! Have a wonderful week!

STB babe


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