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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?!

 

FOUNDATION SECRET

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

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

It’s easy to want to paint foundation on with a flat foundation brush like we would a canvas on an easel. But when we do that, the foundation just sits on top of the skin instead of becoming one with it. Then it comes off on our phones (the worst!) or friends’ shirts when we hug them when it doesn’t have to be that way. If you switch tools and techniques, you’ll be much happier with the results. Change #1: switch from a typical foundation brush to a fluffy foundation brush. Change #2: instead of painting it on with a heavy hand, swirl it on with a light touch, building in layers. You want the pressure to be super light, as if you were an archaeologist dusting off an artifact. This ensures that you applying the thinnest layer possible as you go. Then if the area needs more coverage, you go back over it a few times until it’s covered. You’ll be surprised how many areas that you won’t have to go back over! And you won’t look like you’re wearing a mask. Here’s how:

FAVORITE FLUFFY BRUSHES:

FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS:

  • I splurged a little with this foundation that has the perfect balance of coverage and lasting power, and has the best range of shades of any foundations out there.
  • I also really love this oil-free ¬†long-wear one for its budget-friendly price and gorgeous finish.

STEPS:

  1. Pump a few drops of foundation onto the palm of your hand or a glass palette.
  2. Dip the fluffy brush into the product and pull it across to thin it out as I demonstrated above.
  3. Start lightly swirly across your cheek. Don’t stroke hard! Lightly build!
  4. Continue along your forehead.
  5. Don’t forget your chin and neck!
  6. Go back over any areas that need more coverage.

Then spot conceal any problem areas with concealer and finish with a dusting of powder.

BETTER BLUSH

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

This little gem of advice for applying blush might seem trivial but I promise you it’s not! Accentuating our cheeks really brings the face to life and needs to mimic what happens when you either fall in love and are naturally blushing or the flush you get after a great workout. If you study it (like I have because I love nerding out), you’ll see it starts a good half-inch from each side of the nose. Never closer. It’s not flattering anyway if you bring it all the way in to your nose! So try this method until you know it by eyeing it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Cream Blush — I used Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy. Or…
  • Your Favorite Powder Blush — I’m obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion.
  • Your Favorite Blush Brush — My clients and I have been dying over the new and revolutionary Artis line of 100% animal-free brushes like the cheek brush used in this tutorial and this one is especially great for cream blush. For powder blush I love MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artisan Brush #156 because its wavy fibers work beautifully with powder formulas.

STEPS:

  1. Swipe the blush brush along the cream blush or swirl it in the powder blush.
  2. Place your index finger next to your nose. You can hold it vertically or do what I prefer and hold it slightly diagonally following the natural nasal-labial fold (as demonstrated by Carissa above).
  3. Place the blush brush directly next to the nose.
  4. Stipple (press multiple times) or swirl at the initial point on the the top half of apple of the cheek.
  5. Continue stippling or swirling as you work your way along the cheekbone.

 

BODY MOISTURIZING MUST

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

Aren’t you tired of battling dryness every single winter? Then spending Spring trying to undo it? It’s not your fault; between having the heat on at home, in the car, space heaters under our desks… our skin doesn’t stand a chance. Until now! I learned this trick from a yoga instructor in New Mexico over the holidays; you know, one of those women who looks twenty years younger than her age. I was so embarrassed when she walked over to check my form and my legs were so scaly no matter how much lotion I piled on. I had to say something and she nonchalantly told me to always apply body oil before showering instead of after. At first it sounded bizarre but she was totally right! One of the most drying things that we do to ourselves is taking a hot shower. The outer layer of our skin (the epidermis) is made up of keratin and oil to protect the keratin. The hot water temperature softens the oil layer until it melts and washes away. Yes, switching to a moisturizing body wash is a definite must. But in the winter we tend to take not only hotter showers but longer ones too and a moisturizing body wash isn’t enough to keep your skin from getting dry. I’m sure you’re already using a moisturizing body wash but still noticing how much drier your skin is in the winter time. So try this technique like our model Alyssa above and let us know if it works for you too! (more…)