HOW TO APPLY BRONZER CORRECTLY

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

It’s an honest mistake and I can see the thinking behind it, but bronzer isn’t meant to be applied all over the face! Obviously it’s meant to create an illusion that you are tanner than you actually are and to do that, you have to recreate the effects of the sun. So picture this: you are laying out or walking around in the sun without sunblock or a hat. The sun would hit the protruding parts of your face first and the most. That’s where you want to concentrate the application. Bronzing is different than contouring. When you’re contouring you’re adding depth and dimension by “pushing” features back (the hollows of your cheeks) or adding shadows to make features look smaller or slimmer (the jawline, the tip/sides of your nose maybe, your hairline). On the other hand, when you’re simply adding a healthy sunkissed glow, you focus on the features that would be hit by the sun (the cheekbones, the forehead, the bridge of your nose, the chin). Make sense? Here’s how!

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Swirl the brush in the bronzing powder and tap it against a counter to release the excess. Then apply it directly on top of the cheekbones where the sun would hit.
  2. Continue across the forehead.
  3. Sweep the brush across the bridge of the nose.
  4. Dust it lightly against the chin.
  5. Now the neck is an area that is mostly shaded from the sun, but it’s imperative that you apply bronzer there too to match your face!

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I was looking at the before shots I took of Carolyn and I had to include one in this tutorial to remind us all that pale is equally as striking and we can choose either depending on our mood that day, you know?!

 

NEW FAVORITES

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We’re going to creep into fall soon so we had to do a little online shopping for the upcoming season change! The second I laid my eyes on this CRYSTAL CROWN I knew I had to have it. It’s just gorgeous and will make a fun accessory for an outdoor event or maybe I’ll use it for a shoot, who knows. Either way– gimme all the sparkly things!!!!

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If the crystal crown is a little too much for you, peep these  STONE HEADBANDS as an alternative. They’re a little more subtle and not too overpowering but still gives earthy goddess vibes.

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Most of us aren’t ready to give up those beachy summer waves just yet. MESSY HAIR TEXTURIZING SPRAY is pretty rad. I like it because it has both argan and coconut oils and doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry AT ALL. I go through these bottles very quickly in summer and fall.

Not really my norm to say use GLITTER SPRAY, but I really like this one. The glitter is so fine that it sort of disappears into the hair and you get this subtle sparkle when you’re in the sun. It’s nothing like those chunky glitter hairsprays of the 90’s. But… it’s still glitter, so you’ll have to deal with that for like, what? A month?

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I know, I know, I know… you could make this. That was my immediate thought too. But then I realized by the time I buy the stuff to make this and put gas in my car to go get it, I could have just sprung for this $6 PONY BOW. This feels like a good thing to have in your purse at all times in case you need to pull a look together quick.

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Calling all cool girls. These little METALLIC BOBBIES are on sale right now actually. I think the ridges + colors make them feel a little more bad ass. They’re ideal for anyone growing out their bangs or wanting to accessorize a bob/lob.

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These 4 miscellaneous fall finds are going with me in my suitcase as I’m about to do a lot of traveling. Using this dried flower TIARA in my client’s desert wedding this October. You can never have too many quick METAL COMB accessories to slip behind the ear with wavy hair! Last but not least, I got this INDIGO WRAP + yellow TURBAN WRAP for those days when I just don’t wanna deal!

DIY CONTOUR BRUSH

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Remember last year’s DIY Contour Brush Tutorial where I showed you how you can just pinch a powder brush while you contour? Now we’re taking it a step further so you don’t have to hold the pinch the whole time! No need to buy yet another brush if you don’t want to. Most of us have an extra powder brush laying around that either came in a set or you don’t even remember how you accumulated more than one… designate that one as your new contour brush instead! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Grab a powder brush.
  2. Pinch it in between the fingers of your non-writing hand as shown.
  3. Slide a bobby pin across one side to secure the pinch.
  4. Flip to the other side and secure the pinch. If you can, cross the pins so they lock in place. If you can’t, it’s okay too.
  5. Sweep your new contour brush against the bronzing powder.
  6. Suck in your cheeks and contour under your cheekbones.
  7. Sweep it along your jawline.
  8. Sweep it along your hairline as well.
  9. Finish along the sides of your nose.

 

OUR TOP MAKEUP HACKS

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found many of our top makeup hacks borrowed on other sites! It’s all good, but it made me think that you might want them rounded up in one place for you here as well. So let’s walk down memory lane with 15 of my favorite tricks and tutorials I’ve ever created:

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#15 For stubbornly-straight lashes, you have to try our Lash Curling Extreme Tutorial with your favorite lash curler and your hair dryer!

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#14 Turn any old kohl pencil into an intense gel liner with our DIY Gel Liner Tutorial, one of the first tutorials I ever created!

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#13 Outline with concealer before rocking a bright lipstick with our fuller lip trick!

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#12 When using your favorite contouring kit, don’t cross the imaginary line!

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#11 When applying your favorite mascara, it’s all about the roots! Check out our Mascara Re/Done Tutorial for the steps.

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#10 If you don’t have a contour brush (or aren’t ready to invest in one), make your own in two seconds by pinching a powder brush or bronzing brush with our DIY Contour Brush Tutorial!

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#9 If you keep your cult-favorite eye cream in the fridge, it’ll also help constrict everything and tackle puffy bags! Check out our full tutorial here.

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#8 Imagine and draw secret triangles when you highlight and contour with our clever tutorial!

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#7 Don’t toss a dried-out mascara! Add a few drops of Rewetting Solution and bring it back to life with our Save The Mascara Tutorial!

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#6 Apply your favorite red lipstick and then stamp the center of the top and bottom lip with a frosted highlighter. Revisit our 3-D Lip Illusion Tutorial for more.

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#5 If your cheekbones haven’t come in yet (mine didn’t arrive until I was 26), try our Cheekbone Finder Tutorial!

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#4 Dip an angled liner brush into a gel liner pot and stamp the outline of your cat eye! Refresh your memory with our full Cat Eye Stamp Tutorial.

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#3 Streamline your eyeshadows into one Custom Palette! Check out my DIY Shadow Palette Tutorial for more!

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#2 This is my biggest pet peeve out there! No more raccoon eyes please. Only apply a lighter concealer to the indentation, NOT the puffy “bag”. Learn why and see my whole tutorial here.

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#1 You know when you try a new mascara but don’t love the formula or the wand so you toss it in a drawer with others? Don’t! Try our Customized Mascara Tutorial instead by keeping the wand that you love and matching it with a formula that you love, or vice versa!