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What's The Right Way To Apply Your Bronzer?

Save yourself from looking like a hot mess.

Q: Hi, Cosmo! I really want to start using bronzers. How do I use them? 

A: First of all, it’s important to know that you don’t apply bronzer all over your face like a regular foundation or setting powder. It’s not meant to seal in your makeup, it’s used to warm up your skin tone.

Use a bronzer when you want your foundation to look more natural or when you want to get a nice sun-kissed glow. The key to using bronzer is applying it on the areas of your face where the sun would hit you. This means that you want to target the protruding parts of your face: your forehead, temples, cheekbones, nose line and chin. (Or you know, the parts of your face that get sunburned easily, LOL.)

The easiest way to apply bronzer is by using a powder brush and a bronzing powder. Simply load your brush with product and dust away. Matte bronzers look more natural on the skin. Bronzers that have shimmer in them give you more glow. It’s up to you to decide on the look that you want. Here are some products we recommend:


1) The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, P775, Beautybar; 2) Prestige Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed, P675, Beautybar; 3) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, P2,650, Rustan’s The Beauty Source; 4) NARS Laguna Bronzer, P1,750, Rustan’s The Beauty Source; 5) Benefit Hoola Bronzer, P1,600, Greenbelt; 6) Revlon Photoready Skinlights P825, SM Megamall

Once you’re more comfortable with bronzing, you can experiment by using different formulas like liquid and cream bronzers. Just remember the most important rule in makeup: BLEND!

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Also, it’s essential to know that bronzing and contouring are two different things. Contouring is used to change the shape of your face by creating shadows on certain areas. Bronzing is used purely to warm up your face and add just a little bit of dimension. 

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