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How to Wear Bronzer (and How to Avoid Mistakes) 2011-06-27 03:00:42

3 Ways to Wear Bronzer (and One Way to Skip It)

Summer is (finally!) in full swing. Layers are being shed, and one way or another, we're all trying to achieve that perfect sun-kissed glow. Makeup artist Shalini Vadhera has tips on how to look your bronzed best this season. Find out three fresh ways to wear bronzer.

1. Use your bronzer as eye shadow. Vadhera recommends a rich, red-based bronzer like The Body Shop's Honey Bronzing Powder ($19). "It gives a really sexy glow," she says.

2. "Summer is the one time of year you can look like a bronzed goddess," Vadhera says. Channel your inner bronzed beach babe by choosing a bronzer with a hint of shimmer. "You want to go with a sheer texture just because of the heat and humidity. Things that are lighter in weight are always going to look and feel better on the skin," she says.


3. Get a full-body bronze with dry oil. "Not only do you have more depth to your skin tone, but you'll get a really nice, healthy sheen, almost like you just stepped off the beach," says Vadhera. Go for a lightweight oil with a hint of shimmer. The best thing about dry oil? It won't rub off on your clothes the way most body makeups tend to do.

Avoid the Oompa Loompa effect by only applying your bronzer to the places where the sun naturally hits your face — your temples, cheekbones, and the bridge of your nose — instead of all over. "It will give a nice bounce of light off your skin and look a lot more natural," says Vadhera.

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Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 5 years
Hi Stephamus and Andrea81! A couple great bronzing oils are NARS Body Illuminator ( and Sephora Collection Bronzing Oil ( To avoid smudge marks, I would definitely take extra care in smoothing out the oil over trouble spots like your knees, backs of ankles, etc. You can use a basic makeup sponge around these parts!
Icequeen81 Icequeen81 5 years
Hi, yes same question over here which dry oil, and how can u prevent living smudge marks.
Stephamus Stephamus 5 years
Do you have a recommendation for a dry oil?
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