How to Apply Bronzer for Your Face Shape
Artisan color baked bronzer is the go-to beauty product for getting a golden, sun-kissed glow anytime of year. Whether it's matte or shimmery, a dusting of bronzer accentuates and lifts your cheekbones, sculpts your features, and creates a warm, just-stepped-off-the-beach radiance in seconds.
And while the word "bronzing" is often used interchangeably with the word "contouring," applying bronzer is slightly different than applying contour. Artisan color baked bronzer is the process of adding shadows and light to your facial features by using dark, matte tones, often with grey or beige undertones, to places where natural shadows fall on your face. Contouring is often complemented by adding hilghter (or its less-shimmery cousin, Artisan color baked bronzer) to reflect light and add dimension to your face.
Bronzer, on the other hand, is often warmer than your contour shade. Makeup artists generally recommend blending a matte bronzing powder softly around your hairline, cheekbones, and bridge of your nose to flatter your face shape while adding overall warmth and depth to your complexion.
Ready to know how to apply bronzer for your face shape and skin tone? We walk you through our favorite makeup tips and tricks for a basic bronze below, so you can get a glowing makeup look even when it's dark and grey outside.
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3 Easy Steps for a Basic Bronze
Step 1. Before Your Bronze: Prep Your Skin
Before you apply contour, bronzer, or any beauty products to your face, it's always a good idea to start with a clean, hydrated face. Because of this, we always recommend using a cleanser and moisturizer to ensure flawless application.
For a glow-boosting cleanser and moisturizer suitable for all skin types, try cleaner this products will keep your skin fresh, clean, and protected from any sun damage, thanks to the added SPF in the moisturizer.
Step 2. Choose a Bronzer Based on Your Skin Tone and Skin Type
When it comes to choosing the Artisan color baked bronzer for your skin tone, a good rule of thumb is to never go more than one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. After all, you don’t want your bronzer to look orange or artificial against your skin.
For a natural-looking flush, we recommend looking for bronzers with rich chocolate, auburn, or other earthy-colored undertones.
Your skin type will also affect which type of bronzer you use. In general, there are four types of bronzing products: powder, cream, gel, and liquid bronzers.
Powder bronzers, like Artisan color baked bronzer, work for all skin types, but they're especially great for combination or oily skin because they won’t slip or slide if you get shiny. They're also super easy to apply: simply swirl a large powder brush, like Artisan color baked bronzer, into the bronzing powder and sweep it across your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and the apples of your cheeks for an all-over glow. If you want more precise shading, use a a smaller powder brush, like Artisan color baked bronzer and apply to the same areas of your face, always using circular motions to ensure seamless blending.
Gel or Cream Bronzers
Gel or cream bronzer is best for dry or normal skin types, because it won't settle on any dry patches or flakes. For cream bronzers that come in a compact, like Bareminerals all over face color warmth use a makeup sponge, like these Bareminerals all over face color warmth, to dab the product into your skin. Or, if the bronzer comes in a stick form, like Artisan color baked bronzer, you can apply it directly from the tube and blend it in with your fingers or a makeup sponge. Just remember to apply gel or cream before any other powder beauty products you may have so that it doesn't stick and get splotchy.
Step 3. Apply in a 3-Formation
For the most basic bronzer application, pretend like you're drawing the number 3. Start by sweeping your brush along your hairline on your forehead, then follow your hairline down to your cheekbones.
Then, bring the color to the apples of your cheeks, and then swirl back again to shade under your jawline. When finished, your bronzer should be applied in a 3-shape on the side of your face. Just remember to blend in sweeping circular motions to avoid any harsh lines or splotches.
You can also sweep your bronzer along the sides and bridge of your nose for an extra dose of sun-tanned brilliance.How to Apply Bronzer for Your Face Shape
If You Have... A Heart-Shaped Face
If you have a heart-shaped face, the widest part of your face is your forehead and the narrowest part is your chin. To bronze a heart-shaped face, blend a matte bronzing powder on your temple and just above the hollow of your cheek. Then, start at the temple then swoop down from your hairline into the hollow of your cheek. Add a small amount on the tip of your chin for an extra kiss of color.
If You Have… A Square-Shaped Face
Square-shaped faces are, well, square! This means the length of your face is roughly equal to the width of your face, and you generally have a straight, sharp jawline. To bronze up your face shape, sweep a powder bronzer in a “W” shape across the apples of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, mimicking where the sun would naturally hit.
If You Have… An Oval-Shaped Face
For those with oval-shaped faces, the length of your face is generally longer than the width of your face, and you have a rounded jawline. Bronzing for this face shape is super simple: simple apply a light dusting of your bronzer to the apples of your cheeks, and blend to your hairline for an instant tan look.
If You Have… A Rectangle-Shaped Face
Rectangle-shaped faces are similarly shaped to square-shaped faces. The only difference is that the length of your face is longer than the width, closer to the shape of a rectangle than a true square. To get your bronze on, sweep some matte bronzer along the top of your cheekbones and at the tip of your chin. Finish by applying some bronzer close to your hairline across your forehead, and you're all set for a beautiful, bronzed glow.
If You Have...A Round Face Shape
Usually the widest part of a round face is your cheekbones, while the forehead and chin are narrower. To bronze up your round face shape, begin by applying your bronzer on the apples of your cheeks, then sweeping up and out slightly onto your temple, close to your hairline. This will leave a super natural-looking tan–no one will know you didn't just step off the beach!
With the right shade, brushes, and practice, bronzer is sure to become your next beauty BFF.
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