What is bronzer and why do we need it?
The quick answer is to make your face darker, but it’s more than that. It is a method that helps your skin to look healthier with a look of warmth. In case you are an avid SPF applier, your face may be a little more pale than the rest of your body…if so, then bronzer will help you “match”.
Bronzer helps us have that “just kissed by the sun” look or glow. Like anything else though…you have to do it correctly. Don’t worry I’m here to help…
The How To’s and the Don’t Do That’s….
Where to apply?
The tried and true answer to that is…everywhere that is naturally kissed by the sun: the forehead, the top of your nose, and along the cheekbones and jawline. Ever been to the beach and your face gets a little red? Well that’s where you apply your bronzer.
Bronzer comes in both cream formulas as well as powder ones (like today’s product.)
What Do You Apply it with?
This is more important than you might think. I have learned so much from our daughter, Sam, on using the proper brush for makeup application. Bronzer is no different. You might be thinking (and so did I once upon a time) that the bigger the brush, like perhaps a powder brush or a kabuki brush, the better the application. Bronzer can be a powder after all. Well, that’s incorrect. Those types of brushes can result in getting too much product onto your face…and…that…is…bad.
The best brush…an angled bronzer brush or if you don’t have one of those a fluffy blush brush. This will allow you to get the right amount of product onto your face.
Little is Much in Bronzer
I’m gonna say it again just in case you missed it…DO NOT OVER APPLY! In my post about eyeshadow last week (read it HERE), I talked about formulas that are buildable. Meaning that you start out light and “build up” to the amount that you want. Same way with bronzer. I researched “How to Apply Bronzer” everyone mentioned this technique…
Swirl, Tap, Apply
It is important that you tap off any excess bronzer before you apply or you will end up too dark.
Apply gradually until you build up to the desired color. Sort of like applying salt to your mashed potatoes, if the top falls off and you dump in all the salt, you can’t take that back. However, adding a little at a time will get you the exact amount of salt to your potatoes.
Apply in a circular blending motion to make sure that it is evenly applied.
When to Apply?
This is a “Last but Not Least” situation. Apply your bronzer after moisturizer, foundation, concealer, and blush. Sometimes if I’m not wearing a full face of make up I will apply this after moisturizing and before blush! However, this is generally in the summer when I have some color! In fact, this is a great way to get away with wearing less foundation than normal.
Pick the Right Color
Good news is that it comes in light, medium, and dark. Like your foundation, it is really important to pick the right shade of bronzer. Choose a shade that is no more than two shades darker than your skin. Again, like with your foundation you may need to have a darker shade of bronzer in summer than winter. For me though, bronzer is a spring\summer option only. I don’t generally reach for my bronzer in winter.
If you have oily skin stay away from anything with a shimmer in it, matte will be your friend. In fact, matte is every girl’s friend and shimmer should be used VERY SPARINGLY.
Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer
It’s all in a name, right? In this case, that’s absolutely the truth! The formula of this bronzer really is like butter. In fact it contains three different kinds of butter: Murumuru, Cupaca and Tucuma which does go a long way into helping produce the buttery goodness that is…Butter Bronzer. When this hit the drugstore a few years ago…it busted it wide open. There isn’t anything else like it on the drugstore aisle.
It is a cream bronzer that transforms to powder once it is on your face. It is super easy to apply and is buildable! It has a matte formula and good for all skin tones.
Not only is this bronzer all of the above and that’s a bunch of goodness…it smells SO GOOD…kind of like a cross between a piña colada and a coconut. I have owned the bronzer pictured for at least one year and it STILL smells like a tropical vacation.
It comes in four shades: Sunkissed Bronzer, Light Bronzer, Deep Bronzer, and Bronzer. I have linked them HERE.