A great bronzer with a soft reflect is your best option if youâ€™re after a glowing, bronzed complexion, according to Lisa Matson, Lâ€™OrĂ©al Paris Cosmetics New Zealandâ€™s make-up director. â€śThe safest bet is to find a neutral-toned bronzer, one that isnâ€™t too orange or red, but more golden, especially if you have fair skin,â€ť she explains. Those with medium skin tones can try pinky-brown bronzers and olive skin tones suit copper-based shades. If youâ€™re already wearing fake tan, Matson says itâ€™s important to try and match your bronzer to your body shade so you donâ€™t look uneven. â€śUltimately, you want your skin to look naturally warm and sun-kissed, only a few shades darker than your natural shade.â€ť As for whether you opt for a matte or shimmery bronzer, the finish really depends on the look you want to achieve, says Matson. â€śSoft shimmery bronzers look great all over, but super shimmery bronzersÂ are better for the body or to highlight areas of the face. Matte bronzers are perfect for contouring.â€ť
Application and the tools you use are key to ensuring you end up with just the right amount of tanning. Brush size really depends on where you are applying bronzer. â€śA large dense natural-haired powder or bronzer brush is perfect for the face and body, but if youâ€™re using bronzer as a blush or contour, then use a smaller brush to suit,â€ť says Matson. Apply bronzer where you want to enhance colour or even up tan marks. â€śUse a rotating motion when applying, starting with a light touch and applying more pressure as the product runs out,â€ť she says. â€śWhen applying bronzer to your face start around the outside and work your way in, so the centre of your face doesnâ€™t look too dark.â€ť
Once youâ€™ve perfected your bronzer, is it too much to wear a blush too? â€śBronzer by itself is fine, especially if youâ€™re heading to the beach,â€ť says Matson. â€śBut a little extra warmth on the apples of the cheek with a pink- or apricot-toned blush is definitely more flattering.â€ť And if youâ€™ve forgone the sunâ€™s rays and the self-tanner, Matson recommends using a bronzer just like you would your regular blush.
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