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How to: Bronzer

Monday, August 27, 2012

I get this question from ladies all the time- How do I apply Bronzer without looking like Snooki?! Well elfettes, today I'm going to help you guys solve that problem. There are two ways to apply bronzer: One way is to get a sun kissed look, and one way is to define the face by contouring.

Lets start with the Sun Kissed Look: Using a bronzer about two shades darker that your skin tone and a large brush (try our Kabuki Brush or Complexion Brush) dust the bronzer over the forehead, nose, across the cheeks where you would get a sunburn, and down the neck so that you don't look like your wearing a mask. The key to this method is applying the product with a big fluffy brush so the product goes on streak free and you can blend as you apply.

Now for the Contoured Look: With this method, you are basically shaping the face with natural shadows. The bronzer should be applied with a more tapered brush (try our Studio Mineral Powder Brush or our Powder Brush). Dust the bronzer around the temples, through the hollows of the cheeks, on the jaw line, and blend down the neck so you don't have a masked effect. If you want to be even more defined, using our Contour Brush, apply some bronzer to the crease of the eyes and down the nose. Make sure you blend out any harsh edges so that the shadows look as natural as possible.

Which way do you prefer to apply bronzer?

-Patti, contributing elfette



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SarahD<3 wrote:
1) 8/29/2012 12:27:07 PM
The Kabuki brush is awesome! I used to always use the tiny little crappy brush that comes with bronzer and it always looked terrible. I finally tried again and bought some ELF bronzer and the face Kabuki and it goes on easy and looks great, even on someone as pale as I am!
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poppyboo4 wrote:
2) 8/29/2012 5:27:37 PM
I love the Sun Kissed look. Summer all year round.
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MorganaMarie wrote:
3) 8/29/2012 5:44:09 PM
I love the contouring effect! I use the baked bronzer in los cabos, or the contouring shade in the blush bronzer duo, and apply it with the studio blush brush :)
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LiisK wrote:
4) 8/30/2012 1:05:31 AM
I have cheekbones some people would kill for so I actually do not need any shading but sometimes I do contour the chin and forehead. Somehow have been unable to rock the sunkissed look - always made me look dirty. As pale as I am my neck and decollete are always lighter.
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Sweetlee1 wrote:
5) 8/30/2012 9:40:47 AM
I like to mix blush With bronzer for a softer look.
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Chica Natural wrote:
6) 8/30/2012 9:40:57 AM
I love yhe bronze look... Thank you for the tips
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Emmyann023 wrote:
7) 8/30/2012 9:41:06 AM
I never use bronzer, only occasionally when I want that nice sun-kissed glow. I've been thinking about trying the new ELF baked bronzer.
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Ella-elle wrote:
8) 8/30/2012 9:42:49 AM
I really like the contouring look just because if you play with it theres so much you can do to change the shape and look of your face.
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Michele B. wrote:
9) 8/30/2012 9:44:43 AM
I love a sun-kissed look. Since I live on the coast, I use bronzer for a year- round, just at the beach look!
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great bronzing tips wrote:
10) 8/30/2012 9:45:39 AM
Don't use a bronzer with too much white sparkle Apply to hollows of temples cheeks etc, to create dimension Never go past your eye when apply bronzer to cheeks. Bronzer is better to use in the summer than blush.
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elephants wrote:
11) 8/30/2012 9:46:25 AM
Sometimes if I buy a foundation or tinted moisturizer a shade too dark I will use that to contour. The Kabuki brush is amazing in contouring too.
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LaurenE wrote:
12) 8/30/2012 9:47:07 AM
I am very excited to try contouring- I love the way it looks on girls that can pull off the skill!
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Brensboldbeauty wrote:
13) 8/30/2012 9:47:46 AM
If you use a bronzer close to your skin tone and apply it with the elf studio powder brush all over then use one more shade darker underneath your cheekbones, you get the perfect, sculpted, warm face! I love it!
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Hily328 wrote:
14) 8/30/2012 9:48:59 AM
I'm light completed, so contouring my face gives me sun kissed look I dont naturally have! lol
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mar18 wrote:
15) 8/30/2012 9:49:39 AM
This is very helpful. Thanks.
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Tan glow wrote:
16) 8/30/2012 9:50:36 AM
I use a little on my cheek bones an forehead. For a more natural look.
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chikykara wrote:
17) 8/30/2012 9:50:59 AM
I adore both techniques ;) I just can't live without my "studio warm bronzer" I use it every single day :)))
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LisaLu wrote:
18) 8/30/2012 9:52:54 AM
I do the "3" or "e" method to apply bronzer.
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Elflet32 wrote:
19) 8/30/2012 9:54:52 AM
I use the 3 method when applying bronzer!!!
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MardiPeace wrote:
20) 8/30/2012 9:55:00 AM
I also like to contour under my jawbones to counter the "double chin" look. That and the "3's" of my face are the basics for me!
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Kim1 wrote:
21) 8/30/2012 9:55:34 AM
I tap or blow on the brush before applying so I don't get too much Bronzer in one place and sweep it over my face in a 3/E pattern for contouring.
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Kristi A. wrote:
22) 8/30/2012 9:55:38 AM
I apply with a slanted brush. Apply sparingly and add more if needed. You can always add more if needed.
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Rhyanna wrote:
23) 8/30/2012 9:56:54 AM
I have this product and I love it!! I
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susiem3 wrote:
24) 8/30/2012 9:57:33 AM
I love to put bronzer on my shoulders (LIGHTLY) and down my arms because I am so really gives my appearance a pop. Also use lightly around forehead and chin areas.
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Selena SC wrote:
25) 8/30/2012 9:59:00 AM
I like to use the 3 trick on my face with bronzer.
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BonBonHoop wrote:
26) 8/30/2012 10:01:28 AM
A little dab on my eye lid when I don't feel like wearing shadow
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Dollz74 wrote:
27) 8/30/2012 10:01:42 AM
I too like the bronzed blush duo for a lighter/softer look
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WhitNic wrote:
28) 8/30/2012 10:03:25 AM
I love the sun kissed look so much that I do it year round. I also do contouring but not so much with bronzer but with a highlighter and blush. The kabuki brush is great but too big for me to do bronzer. I really like the complexion brush I think it's the perfect size and it really distributes and blends effortlessly. Love the new baked bronzer and blush elf, Thanks!!
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nataliecouture wrote:
29) 8/30/2012 10:30:54 AM
I apply bronzer by using a angled face brush and just lightly contour my face in the hollows of my checks, my temples, and my neck.
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Ayelet wrote:
30) 8/30/2012 10:48:09 AM
I love using the bronzer under the cheekbones and on the jawline and below the hair line. Your bronzer/blush combo is fantastic!
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