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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Make Your Bronzer Believable

best natural bronzers

Bronzer is among one of my favourite things in the world. But I’m well aware some people are a little bronzer-ly challenged and it’s actually quite a tricky step in makeup routines. Today Im talking bronzing 101 - everything from picking the right shade, how to use it properly and keep it looking natural.

Picking a Tone

As a starter rule start with a bronzer two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Next it’s important to pick a tone suitable for the undertone of your skin. Warm skin tones sit golden brown shades and Yellow toned skin looks great with warm and peachy shades with a brown undertone. Cooler skin tones are much harder to find bronzers that suit, pick rosier tones and make sure that it doesn’t look muddy on the skin tone. In almost all cases try to steer clear of reddy bronzers, they don’t really suit most skin tones.

Matte, Matte, Matte

Matte bronzer is the most natural looking because it can give a natural shadow and contour the face. Shimmer dominates the bronzing world but the most natural looking bronzers are the matte ones. A little glimmer in your faux glow will give you that classic J-Lo glow but try and keep it minimal.


Apply your bronzer in small circular motions over the nose, cheekbones and temples. I like to use the "3 B” method, sweeping the bronzer on in the shape of a 3 and a B on the face. Also remember to blend it right down into the neck to keep it looking super natural and blended right down.


the body shop honey Bronzer in 03 review swatchTHE BODY SHOP HONEY BRONZER IN 03 £13 *
Clarins Summer Bronzer 2014 review swatch


  1. Love this post. I adore bronzer, it makes me feel and look a lot more alive.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger


  2. Thanks for these tips - bronzer can be hard to tame!

  3. I love the bronzer by The Body Shop!

  4. bronzer has to be my favourite for perking up my skin, on those days im washed out and pale this makes me look normal again :)
    Lauren x
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  5. fab!

  6. Awesome tips. Thanks for this post! :)

  7. Bronzer is a must!

  8. Very very helpful post. Bronzer is my favourite thing too! I actually just did a bronze/glowy makeup tutorial on the youtube machine :) Please have a peek?!


  9. I just bought the Honey Bronzer from The Body Shop - excited to try it out

  10. The Clarins bronzer is absolutely gorgeous. I typically don't use bronzers but I definitely want to pick some up to give them a go. xx
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  11. I always really struggle with bronzer as I'm very pale, fortunately Topshop have some really pale nice matte ones that work well for me :)
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  12. I adore bronzer and love your picks! Great tips too xox


  13. i love bronzer but ive never really known which parts of the face you should apply it too. this post has really helped.

    Hayley \\

  14. The Body Shop bronzer is one I hear everyone rave about!

    Janine Maral from

  15. Great post! I definitely prefer matte bronzers :)

  16. I really like bronzer, but when you are as pale as me it can be difficult to find one that isn't too dark.
    I use NARS laguna and a Real Techniques Duofiber brush, because it gives a sheer application!

  17. Great tips
    L x

  18. thanks for the tips but ist so hard to find a good and cheap matt bronzer...:(

  19. I honestly use to avoid bronzers due to my fair skin tone but this summer i seem to be really into them, of course using them lightly of course. Going to be trying some matte ones that is for sure!

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  20. I've purchased the Clarins Summer Bronzing Compact on your recommendation, and it does not disappoint! I like that it's really warm toned, it looks more believably sunkissed (I do the 3/B trick too!) :-) xx


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