6 Bronzing Mistakes You Should Avoid

Do you wanna achieve that beautiful bronzed, sun-kissed look without the risks of sunbathing? Use a bronzer instead. When done right, bronzers enhance your skintone in a natural way but if you don’t apply them properly or are just using the wrong shade you could end up looking orange, muddy, fake or even like a disco ball! Now, that’s not an attractive look, is it? But mastering the art of applying bronzers right isn’t hard. Here are the six most common mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Choosing the wrong shade

Choosing the right color for your skintone is essential, but unfortunately not an easy task. There are lots of bronzer shades out there, but not all of them are flattering. Avoid anything that’s too orange, too red or too brown cos these shades never look good on anybody. Light or caramel brown shades are those that look more natural on most people. If you have pale skin, opt for a pale beige with rosy gold undertones, while those with olive skin should choose a dark tan shade with gold undertones. In any case, never chose a shade that’s darker than you’d get naturally in the sun.

2. Choosing the wrong texture

A good bronzer doesn’t only have to be an appropriate shade for your skintone, it has to be suitable for your skin type as well. If you have oily skin, opt for a powder or a gel bronzer. Gels have lightweight textures while powders will able absorb some excess oil. Those with dry skin will benefit more from a liquid bronzer as they tend to be more moisturizing. In alternative, they can use powder or gel bronzers too but only after moisturizer.

3. Choosing a too shimmery bronzer

A bronzer should give your skin a natural tanned look, and natural tans just don’t sparkle. So, avoid anything that has big shimmers and glitters cos they won’t just look natural. The best bronzers have a matte or slightly dewy finish that will make you look beautiful and sophisticated. Bronzers that provide a light, not-over-the-top, shimmers are ok too but more suitable for the evenings.

4. Applying too much product

The purpose of bronzer is to enhance your skintone, not change it completely. Avoid applying it all over your face or you’ll risk looking like a mask. Instead, using a big fluffy powder brush or even a fan brush, sweep it on those areas where the sun naturally hits your skin (the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and along the hairline). In addition, start by applying just a little bit of product and, if necessary, slowly build it up. Remember that if you apply too little, you can always add another layer, but if you apply too much, fixing the mistake will be harder.

5. Not using natural lighting

It is also best to apply bronzer under natural lighting. If you do it in a room with poor lightning conditions, it’s easy to be deceived. You may get the impression you applied it perfectly only to realize later on, once out of the house, that you actually overdid it and now look like a mask. Of course, it’s not always possible to use natural lighting. What if you apply it in the evening, for instance? In that case, do your makeup in the room with the best and brightest lighting. And when you are thinking of purchasing a bronzer, always swatch it on the back of your hand, go outside the shop and examine it under natural lightning. Is it too orange? Too brown? Too shimmery? Skip it and look for something better instead.

6. Forgetting the rest of your body

Now you know how to choose and apply bronzer for that beautiful, sunkissed glow, but no matter how pretty your face looks, you’re gonna look ridiculous if it is a completely different shade than the rest of your body! To fix this, you can use a self-tanner on your body or you can mix your usual body moisturizer with a liquid bronzer so that your whole body will be the same color.

Don’t worry even if you don’t get it right the first time. Like always, practice makes perfect. And if you make a mistake, you can always wash your face. :)

Do you use bronzers? Do you have any other tips to share on how to apply it properly?

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, I agree, the bronzing is really bad. It’s a shame, she usually looks so pretty and classy.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Xin, me too. I think it’s always best to use a light hand cos if you need more, you can always reapply. But if you apply too much straight away, you’ll end up looking like a mask and it’s gonna be harder to correct the mistakes.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, makeup artists seem to love bronzer and often apply too much of it. I’m not sure if that’s because that looks better in videos/photos or not but in ral life, less is best imo. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tammy, I like to use shimmery (not overtly so ones though) bronzers as blushes too. Matte ones are best for contouring instead. And that drives me insane too, can’t they see that their faces, albeit very pretty, are a completely different shade than the rest of their skin? It’s so not a good look! If you want to achieve the tanned look, you’ll have to darken the rest of your body too.

  1. Janessa says

    The overly shimmery factor and missing the neck, and jawline are the most obvious to me! I sometimes even dust some bronzer or blush onto my ear, back of my neck, and shoulder-to-neck area so I know I match. :] Probably is quite invisible but it’s for good measures haha. I learned the phrase ‘for good measure’ off this movie I think. :] I like it!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I agree, those are really obvious. If you’re to apply bronzer, then you have to make sure you apply a light dust everywhere or it could just look weird!

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