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The Best Bronzer

Last updated on June 13, 2022

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LIFUS Vegan Highlighter Bronzer Palette

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Vegan Highlighter Bronzer Palette

This great little highlighter and bronzer palette has four shimmering colors to illuminate your pretty face. The textures are soft and silky, and the color is smudge-proof, waterproof and long-lasting.

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Shine Your Inner LightWhy get only one when you can get four; each one is full-sized and packaged beautifully into a nice little box.

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Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, blush and bronzer are two different things. Bronzer is used to create a glowing or tanned effect and can be used on different parts of the face, while blush is used on the apples of the cheeks for a flush of color. Bronzers are usually gold or brown, while blush is generally more on the pink side. If you want to use both together, apply blush first and bronzer second.

Bronzers can be worn throughout the year, though they can create a “summery” look. Powder versions are applied with a brush or fingertips and are offered in matte and shimmery formulas. Powders work well on oily skin and tend to last longer than cream bronzers. Use the latter if you have dry skin and apply with your fingers or a makeup sponge. Apply bronzers to spots on your face where the sun would hit it naturally, like your forehead, temples, jawline, cheekbones, neck and decolletage.

Be sure to choose a bronzer that complements your skin tone. If you’re unsure, look for a tone that matches the color you naturally tan. Start with a small amount at first, then build it up slowly; don’t overdo it. If you put on too much, soften the look by blending it.

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  • A large, fluffy makeup brush is best for applying powder bronzers, and a makeup sponge or stippling brush works nicely with cream ones.
  • Use bronzers for contouring, but only matte ones when defining cheekbones. Shimmery bronzers will look fake if you use them in this way.
  • Shimmery bronzers can also make a face look sweaty if you’re not careful enough.
  • If your skin has a muddy/orange appearance, you have probably used too much bronzer.
  • You can use a highlighter instead of a bronzer if you want a shinier appearance. Use this on your nose, eyelids, cupid’s bow and cheekbones.
  • Contouring products are also different from bronzers and are used to create more defined features.
  • Makeup products (including bronzers) contain preservatives, chemicals and other ingredients that can be irritating or produce allergic reactions. Ifs this happens, wipe it off and stop using it.

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Bronzer can be tricky to apply, and it’s not unusual to see someone who has used too much or put it in the wrong places. It’s also best to apply bronzer in natural or warm white light (LED is good). A dense makeup brush can be a poor choice since it holds onto more product. Use a light brush and a gentle hand. If in doubt, go just one shade lighter.

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