Bronzers are essential if you want to add some dimensions to your complexion. They can instantly boost your makeup game when appropriately applied.

But do you have to apply a bronzer every time you put on makeup? Which makeup styles or face shapes will benefit from a bronzer?

Worry no more because here at Cleverly Beauty, we’ll teach you the importance of using a bronzer and how it can make a difference to your look.

Bronzers and How to Pick One

Bronzers are essentially cosmetic items that can give your face some added warmth and depth.  Typically, your skin type plays a significant factor in determining which shade, color, or formula is appropriate.

Most people use powder bronzers which can come in sparkly or matte formulas. They’re often applied with brushes. 

If you have oily skin, you should opt for powder bronzers since they last longer than other formulations.

On the other hand, cream bronzers are perfect if you have dry skin. They are typically more moisturizing and can be blended with a makeup sponge or fingers.

When selecting the perfect bronzer color, you must also analyze your skin tone and undertone. For instance, you should try staying away from warm shades and go for a lighter shade with blue undertones if you have a fair complexion with cool undertones.

Contrarily, you can use a dark bronzer with peach undertones if you have a medium or dark complexion with warm undertones.

Some bronzers can also be used to contour the face, provided that it’s not too orange. As a general rule, pick a matte bronzer two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

You can also use a highlighter to give yourself a glowing appearance. The purpose of a bronzer is to give that warm look to your skin, whereas a highlighter adds a bright glow.

Bronzer Applications

Generally, you’d want to apply bronzer to the parts of your face that the sun would naturally strike, such as your forehead, cheekbones, and temples. You can use a large powder brush to form a somewhat triangular area within these three parts.

Be careful not to apply bronzers all over your face, though, since it can give you a weird, doll-like, and unnatural look.

Start with a light layer first, then add more until you get the look you want. Remember to blend the bronzer in circular motions to avoid hard lines that make the application look uneven. 

You should also bronze your neck and lower neckline for a flawless finish.

Finding the perfect balance is crucial since applying too much might make your bronzer appear muddy and yellowish. Apply the product to the skin with a large, fluffy brush for a natural look, then tap off any extra product.

Bronzers for Different Skin Tones

Choosing the right bronzer for your skin tones isn’t tricky if you use our guide below to select the best bronzer for you.

Fair Skin

Use a light shade of bronzer if you have fair skin and want to give your complexion some warmth.

If you want to look tanned, avoid choosing a dark one as this can look unnatural. Choose a color that is a shade darker than the tone of your skin.

You should select a bronzer with cool undertones if you have a cool skin tone. This will contribute to your skin’s warm, natural, and healthy look.

Consider using a powder bronzer that has a very light consistency and gives the skin a healthy shine. Alternatively, you should choose a peachy shade if you have warm undertones.

Dark Skin

Use a dark bronzer to bring warmth to your complexion and accentuate your features if you have dark skin. A dark matte bronzer can also contour the nose and cheekbones; all it takes is the correct product.

Choose a dark bronzer with deep peach undertones, like this very deep bronzer, if you have a warm undertone.

Choose a dark shade with cool or neutral undertones if you have cool undertones, such as this lightweight bronzer that is matte and may be used to contour the face.

Brown Skin

You’re lucky to have brown skin because bronzers can accentuate your skin’s warmth and definition. 

A darker matte bronzer will give you a warm and sun-kissed look, while a gold bronzer can give you a stunning sunny glow.

Use a Bronzer to Spice Up Your Makeup

Although you don’t need to use a bronzer every day, the occasions that call for it will have guests that see you impeccably and gracefully. The added dimension and warmth it can give your face and the relatively application process make it worth a try.

However, remember to look at your chosen bronzer’s ingredients first to ensure you’re not allergic or sensitive to it. Also, remember to choose one proven safe for use by the FDA.