Bronzer | Summer Makeup

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Bronzer is for everyone. Whether you have the deepest brown complexion or skin like alabaster, bronzer is a makeup bag must have. You can wear it all year round BUT in the summer, it’s definitely a go-to product. If you’re looking for a sun-kissed glow or a tan without the skin damage, there’s a bronzer for every need, complexion and budget.

Bronzer on Celebs - JLo, Iman, Christina Ricci

Bronzed Beauties: Christina Ricci, Jennifer Lopez, Iman

I was roaming the cosmetics line at a department store (what’s new?) and I came across Milani’s TANTASTIC All Over Baked Bronzer Face & Body. I wasn’t looking for a bronzer but I figured I’d get one that was glowy with minimal glitter. TANtastic fit the criteria. It’s an all over bronzer that comes in 3 shades: Fantastic in Gold, Fantastic in Bronze & Fantastic Sun Glow. I picked up Fantastic Sun Glow and by the looks of it, Milani’s Tantastic Bronzer will last a lifetime. The marble, baked, bronzer has a soft texture that makes it a dream to apply. TANtastic is an all over bronzer but I’m using it solely for my face. It’s pretty much a dupe for Lorac’s TANtalizer – packaging and all.

Milani Tantastic Baked Bronzer Bronzing Powder

Milani Tantastic Bronzer with flash (left), without flash (right)

While I do use bronzer as a highlight, you can also apply a matte bronzer as a contour color.

How I apply bronzer (highlighting):

  1. With a light hand and a flat brush or stippling brush, I apply the bronzer to the top my cheekbones. (Start off sparingly. It’s easier to add bronzer later as opposed to wiping off a heavy-handed application)
  2. Then, I take some of the excess bronzer and apply it to the bridge of my nose.
  3. Lastly, I apply the remainder of the excess to my chin. (without bangs, I’d also apply the excess to my forehead)

This bronzer application gives a radiant look. It also creates the illusion of the sun hitting your face – the sought after sun-kissed glow. On shoulder-baring days, sweep bronzer on your collarbone for added glow.

There are liquid bronzers, powder bronzers, dark bronzers and illuminating bronzers. You can wear a matte bronzer or opt for a baked bronzer that will add dimension to your dewy look. Are you ready to look like a bronzed goddess this summer? Check out my bronzer picks for every need & budget.

Bronzer Bronzing Powder for Summer

1.) Stila One Step Bronze, $26 (Ulta), 2.) Prestige Summer Brilliance Luminous Liquid Bronzer, $7.99 (Amazon) 3.) Physician’s Formula Baked Bronzer Wet/Dry Application, $9.99 (Target) 4.) Lancome “Star Bronzer” Magic Bronzing Brush, $33 (Nordstrom) 5.) Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact, $38 (Macys) 6.) Maybelline Mineral Power Bronzer Shimmer Loose Powder, $10.99 (drugstore.com) 7.) CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer, $7.99 (CVS) 8.) Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer, $29 (Sephora)

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