When you examine a truly healthy complexion, you'll quickly see that skin color is not uniform all across the complexion. Cheeks have a tinge of color all their own and certain regions of the face appear brighter and darker than others. These variations in hue come from the natural undertones of the skin as well as from the play of light and shadow across the contours of the face.
Foundation helps to beautify the complexion and hide skin imperfections, but it also covers up the natural differences in color that exist on the complexion. As a result, the face looks pale and areas like the jaw, cheekbones and nose are less defined. Bronzer is a color cosmetic for the face that is applied on top of foundation to recreate the natural shadows that form on the complexion and leave the face looking truly flawless.
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Bronzer comes in different formulations, and while each type is used to contour the same areas, it is applied in different ways. Powdered bronzers that have been pressed into compacts are typically applied with a brush that has a wide, thin and rounded head. A pressed powder bronzer is simple to apply and can be blended with the fingertips, a blending brush or a bullet or diamond sponge. Loose powder bronzer formulas are applied with a contouring brush, which has a triangular shaped head with a sloped tip. A loose formula is even simpler to blend and provides fainter coloration, but it can be more difficult to control.
Liquid and cream bronzers are usually applied with the fingertips or a foundation brush. They produce a richer color than both loose and pressed powder bronzer formulas and will remain in place longer without their color fading. The biggest drawback to liquid and cream formulas is that they cannot be blended as easily, particularly once they are dry. Great care must be taken to smooth the color in place to ensure that the results from liquid and cream bronzers appear natural.
When using a bronzer, select a hue no more than two shades darker than your blush. As a general rule, apply bronzer to any area that you wish to appear smaller, such as the line directly beneath the cheekbones, the sides of the nose, the jawline and the hairline. Bronzer can also be used to slenderize the underside of the chin and to accentuate the spaces between the bones of the décolletage.
To get picture perfect results from bronzer, use it along with a blush and a highlighter or illuminator. While it's not necessary to purchase products solely from one brand, doing so can make it easier to match colors in some cases. At drugstore.com, you'll find numerous bronzer options in an array of colors from today's biggest names in cosmetics. You can shop by brand, by price, by customer rating or by popularity by using the links and check boxes on the left-hand side of the page. Begin exploring our bronzer department now to find the right product to put the best finishing touch on your makeup looks. BACK TO TOP »