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How to Choose the Best Bronzer for Your Skin Tone and Skin Type


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Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder.

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Bronzers are right up there with sunscreen and self tanner as a top summertime beauty necessity. Using a bronzer is a great way to get a sun-kissed look without baking in tanning beds or in the blazing sun.

Bronzers & Skin Tone

You have to make sure that you pick the right shade to avoid looking too orange or muddy. The shade you choose is a matter of preference, but those with fair or light skin might prefer a pink, peach or other light-colored bronzers, medium – a rosy bronze, olive – copper, bronze or earth-colored bronzers and dark – amber, or chocolate-brown with a subtle golden shimmer. Whatever shade you pick, it should be one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

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Bronzers & Skin Type

Dry skin – use cream or liquid bronzer.

Normal skin – cream, liquid, pressed or loose powder.

Combination/Oily – pressed or loose powder.

Oily – pressed or loose powder (powder will absorb excess oil).

Sensitive – loose mineral powder.

How to Apply Bronzer

Apply liquid or cream bronzers with fingertips. Starting at the apples of the cheeks and using the ring finger, apply bronzer with circular motions, moving up along the cheekbone. Add a touch of bronzer to the chin, temples, jaw line and be sure to blend well.

Powder Bronzers. Some women have found that bronzer brushes apply too much product. If this is the case for you, try a soft, large powder brush. Dip the brush into the bronzer and tap off any excess into a tissue. Lightly sweep on bronzer making a number three on both sides of the face, starting at the top of the forehead, moving down and along the cheeks, across the jaw line and then blending into your neck. Dab a little on the nose, chin, hairline, (and shoulders and chest if you like) – any place the sun would naturally touch the skin and you’ll look like you’ve just returned from St. Tropez.

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