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BN Beauty: Glisten Like a Goddess! Check Out 5 Quick Tips for Using a Bronzer



How to Wear a Bronzer - BellaNaoja - August 2013004I get asked a lot of questions by makeup lovers regarding what exactly a bronzer is, what it does and why it is needed. Personally, I can do without it especially since I use regular powders to contour my face. But for that sun bronzed, tanned look, a bronzer is super necessary.

There are different types of bronzers; powder (matte and shimmer), crème, liquid and even foamy bronzers. However, matte, powder bronzers are best for beginners.

There are bronzer brushes out there and really it depends on how you want to apply your bronzer. While I typically use an angled cheek brush or a small sized fluffy powder brush, you can try any of these;

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The main issue with bronzers is that a lot of people tend to wear them the wrong way thus making it look like bronzers are just wrong. Like everything else in life, there is a technique which needs to be learnt.

  1. The basic step to getting a bronzer right is to apply it in the shape a 3 on the left side of the face.
  2. Place the bronzer on the forehead, the temple  and under the cheek bones. That means that the placement is focused on the side of the face.
  3. One thing to remember is that bronzer placement is to be where the sun would normally rest on your face. Whatever else you do, don’t forget that.
  4. Sweep bronzer on your neck bones too. We don’t want a dark face and pale neck.
  5. A matte bronzer is superb for contouring the face and nose. Just make sure the undertones match your skin perfectly. While a shimmer bronzer is perfect as a highlighter.

There really isn’t too much to applying bronzer and it really is that easy. Check out these videos from two of my favourite beauty gals: Destiney Godley as she talks about great bronzers and how to achieve a perfect summer glow with them.

Photo Credit: Destiny Godley  | Webmd
Barbara Onianwa is an Advertising and makeup professional. She spends her days as a Client Service/Digital marketing professional in one of Nigeria’s bigger Advertising Agencies and her nights as a Social Media afficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923 and helping various Clients build their online presence.
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  1. honeymix

    August 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    BN,thanks so much for this useful advice. I have a bronzer and I did not really have an idea use it. I just noticed that when i use it,some parts of my face would be gold and some parts brown.Tanks so much. Would put it into use.

    • Barbara

      October 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      We are glad this article came in handy.

  2. Aibee

    August 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’m dark so I already have that “sun-bronzed tanned look”. However, a bronzer is useful for highlighting and contouring and not just turning dark girls into orange oompaloompas.

    • L.L.

      August 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I just died @ ur comment. ROFL!

  3. Tola

    August 23, 2013 at 2:49 am

    The girl in the video tho!!eyebrows of life

  4. Claire John

    August 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

    If you’re a makeup junkie, then go buy yourself a bronzer brush. But a regular blush brush works just as well. Bronzer brushes have more bristles and they’re packed tightly together so you get more color with each swipe.

    • Barbara

      October 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      I totally agree with you Claire. On my cheat days, I apply my bronzer with a fluffy powder brush or an angled blush brush

  5. Aurident

    September 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I really want to learn how to apply bronzer. These are great tips, I cant wait to try this on and see if I could do it right.

    • Barbara

      October 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Looking forward to the outcome. Do send us a picture, I am sure it will turn out great

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