The how to: Bronzer guide

You think you know how to apply bronzer? Well think again my friends, as this is bronzer 101 – notepads at the ready! Creating a naturally bronzed look is rather more complex nowadays, with the plethora of products that are available, it can be a bit confusing to know what type of bronzer to apply and where. If you live somewhere that rarely see’s the sun, I’m looking at you England, then it’s even more important to go subtle or get thee to the Jersey Shore, and I’ll just call you Snooki. Although, I gotta give it to the girl, she’s looking good post bambino. I digress….

Lets talk, matte bronzer, shimmer bronzer, and cream blush bronzer, to layer up and create a flawless goddess like finish. Always start with a little color and build upon it, for a radiant sun kissed glow.



  • Step One: Apply your foundation, and dust your face with powder. This step is important as it will allow the bronzer to glide on flawlessly.
  • Step Two: Using a MATTE bronzer swirl a brush and tap off any excess powder. I like to use Revlon 07 Naturally Nude Powder Blush, as it’s not too dark on my medium to pale skin tone, but any matte shimmer free bronzer will do the trick. Apply under your cheek bones to create definition, and anywhere the sun would naturally hit.
  • Step Three: Add some shimmery bronzer but nothing too sparkly! I only apply shimmer where I know I have good skin, as shimmer can highlight flaws. Apply a pinky or peach bronzer along the tops of the cheek bones and on the temples, above your matte bronzer you’ve just applied. This will create the illusion of sculpted cheek bones, whilst giving you a lovely fresh glow. I like to use Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Pink Quartz, for a perfectly pink sheen.
  • Step Four: For a dewy finish, take a beauty blender and dab it into a cream bronzer. I like to use Nars South Beach Cream Blush. Dab this very lightly on to your temples, and just under your cheekbones. Be careful not to apply to much, as you don’t want to create a muddy look.

Top Tip: Always apply bronzer in good natural light, otherwise the words ‘you’ve been tangoed may spring to mind.’

Happy Bronzing!


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