Beauty Don’ts: Bad Bronzer

When applying makeup it's essential to know the basics for how to use bronzer—from choosing the right shade to applying it in a way that looks natural. Bronzer is the perfect way to get a sun-kissed look without a lot of effort, but the downside: it's easy to mess up. Here are five essential tips to avoiding this makeup mishap: Bad Brush

Many women choose dense brushes to use with their bronzer, but such tools can result in applying way too much product. Pick a fluffy blush brush or angled bronzer brush for a lighter application.

50 Shades of Nay

Bronzer should be no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. Anything deeper than that will make your complexion look muddy. A Jersey Shore tint is a big no no.

Kick Contouring to the Curb

Contouring is a great way to enhance your bone structure by utilizing lighter and darker shades, but trying to totally change your face can look heavy and unnatural. Bronzer is supposed to complement your face, not disguise it.

All That Glitters is Gaudy

Shimmery bronzer guarantees you a shiny, sparkly complexion. But on oily skin, it can make things look anything but natural. The same applies for normal skin if your start to sweat, and let's be honest, we all sweat throughout the day. So skip the sparkles for your face and stick to a matte formula. If you do feel the urge to add a little shimmer, use it to highlight your collarbone, shoulders, and lower neckline.

Less is More

A sheer veil of bronzer applied with a large, fluffy brush can look fine if you're incredibly light-handed, but it's much safer to stick to using it on the spots that are naturally darkened by the sun: the forehead, top of the nose, along the cheekbones, and jawline.

As you can see, there is a lot of room for mistakes when applying bronzer. That being said, with careful consideration and keeping your sights set on a natural glow, a balanced bronze face is more than obtainable. Be sure to pay close attention to detail when your it's bronzer's turn during your beauty routine and you're set. Always keep in mind, you don't want to be a statistic of a cosmetics catastrophe.