Today we’re focusing on how bronzer and blush work together! Think of it this way, the bronzer supports the blush by “holding it up” so it’s not floating on your cheeks like a clown. But first you have to determine where your cheekbones and apples are so you can strategically place each and learn a other few tricks too. Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Bronzer — Cream bronzers work best for this method. Try Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base for fair to light skin tones and Hourglass Illume Creme-to-Powder Bronze Duo for medium to dark skin tones.
- Flat-headed Brush — I always use Tarte’s Retoucher Bamboo Foundation Brush for bronzing and contouring because of its stiffness and flathead (and it’s cruelty free, which is always a plus).
- Your Favorite Blush — Cream blushes work best for this method as well. I used Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in TanSoleil above, my favorite peach color, but Pravella is a gorgeous pink too.
- Angled Blush Brush — Try Marc Jacobs The Blush Angled Brush.
- Look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks. Your cheekbones will pop out with a hollow indentation below them.
- Dip your flat-headed brush in the bronzer and pat it a couple times on the back of your hand to remove the excess.
- Place the brush underneath your cheekbones, coming up from below them as demonstrated in the photo above. This will ensure you’re placing the bronzer on the correct area.
- Sweep the brush back and forth directly underneath the cheekbone, creating a “hollow” and supporting the cheekbone.
- Smile in the mirror and watch the apples of your cheeks pop out.
- Dip your angled blush brush into the blush and tap it a couple times on the back of your hand to remove the excess.
- Place the brush on the upper half of the apples, which is the beginning of the cheekbone.
- Stipple the brush from the top of the apples across the top of your cheekbones, just above where you placed the bronzer.