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How To Apply Bronzer

lauren conrad bronzerDidn't get enough sun this weekend? Correctly applied bronzer can give you the stunning glow you're looking for! Example- Lauren Conrad. Apply it the wrong way and you can end up with a muddy mess. Example- Lindsay Lohan. Most women apply it like they apply their blush. I've taken the guess work out with my 3 steps for applying bronzer like a pro.

100 percent bronzer1. Product

Start with a powder bronzer like 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer ($25). They blend easily and look natural on everyone when applied correctly.

lindsay lohan bronzer2. Choosing a Color

A good rule of thumb is to choose a color one or two shades darker than your current complexion. You may find that you need a lighter shade in June than you do in August. If you use one that is too dark, you will actually look dirty. No good.

  • Women with fair skin, blonde or red hair and blue or green eyes should use a sheer, slightly rose or peach color. Try Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in Luster ($32.50).
  • For women with olive skin, a sheer copper or earth-color is ideal. DermaMinerals Pressed Bronzing Powder ($26) is a great place to start.
  • Dark brown skin with either warm or blue undertones works well with a rich, chocolaty-brown color with subtle shimmer like 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer in Cinnamon.

shimmer bronzer3. Application

Swirl a medium-sized round brush over the product and shake off any excess on the back of your hand. Dust on the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits.

  • across the forehead near the hairline
  • temples
  • across the apples of the cheeks
  • bridge of the nose
  • beneath the jaw line
  • collarbone
  • décolletage

You can see why choosing the right color that isn't too dark is essential! It can go really wrong, really quick.

Here's my favorite new find for the summer: when or if you already have some natural tan or glow, try swapping your bronzer for a blush set in apricot, peach and pink. It gives your face an instant young and fresh look! I promise, it will brighten up your tan with a pop! Lately, I've been obsessed with Glo Minerals Blush in Spice Berry!

I hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Jared and I spent the day eating BBQ and watching our son learn to ride a bike! We are so grateful for the men and women who serve our country so we can enjoy a safe and blessed life!

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