Starting Off: Bronzer

So this week is all about bronzer.

First off I will say that I didn’t use bronzer for quite a long time when I started with makeup, but now it is one of my few “staple” items I use daily, you just have to get the right one for you 🙂

So can anyone use bronzer? And does everyone need to? The answer is yes and no. Anyone and everyone can use bronzer if they want to, but no-one needs to if they like their look without it.

I am very pale skinned and for a long time I avoided it in fear or going orange or having dark stripes up my face, but the key is to play around with some, see what works, whether you like a shimmer or matte finish, try some lighter and some darker – until you find one that you like.

There are different ways to apply bronzer, depending if you are wanting to contour (help to define) your face/features, or just go give yourself a bit of a glow.

If you are wanting to contour, I would choose a matte bronzer which is a couple of shades darker than your skin tone, and then lightly brush over the areas you wish to define, for example the sides of the nose, around the temples/sides of the forehead, around the jawline or just under the cheek bones. For that I would use an angled powder brush as it’s a little more accurate.

Here is a pic of the type of brush I would use and some bronzer options for contouring…

Angled Bronzer Brush

This is just an unbranded angled powder brush, it’s soft and works really well! Don’t even remember where I got it if I am honest.

My favourite bronzers for contouring are Hoola by Benefit, and the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer in shade 51.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Aaaand this is all that is left of it! As you can see I really love this bronzer, and as much as it is £23.50, this lasts such a long time it’s really worth it.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Pan

My second favourite contouring bronzer is this Bourjois one. I havent been using it long (I took the photo before I had used it), but I really like it! And it’s only £6.99 or so! (Plus it smells like chocolate! Double win.)

Bourjois Bronzer Chocolate 51

If you are just wanting a bit of colour/a bit of a glow you are best to go for one a shade or so darker than your skin tone and maybe with a little shimmer in to make you look all bronzed and tanned. If this is the look you are going for then you can just lightly dust the powder over your face the same way you would a setting powder on the top of your foundation.

As you are just dusting it all over I would just use a large powder brush for these as it will give the most even colour over your whole complexion. Something like this E.L.F Powder Brush…

ELF Powder Brush

My two favourite bronzers with a little shimmer in to give a bit of a glow to the face are the following two… I like these two for the fact they aren’t as dark as my contour bronzers, they have a slight glow/shimmer to them, and also they have different colours and tones running through them so it still gives a little dimention to the skin at the same time.

ELF Bronzer GoldenThis is the E.L.F bronzing quad in Golden (£3.75), which is great either to pick and choose the specific colour/shade you want at the time, or to sweep over all four colours to give that multi-dimensional bronzed look.

The second shimmering bronzer I like are the No7 Bronzing Pearls (£9.95) – again for the multitude of colours and shades within it giving a lovely tone to the skin.

No7 Bronzing Pearls

So that’s it for the basics of bronzing! I hope this was helpful for someone. If it was then let me know in the comments below.

Have you tried any of these bronzers? Which is your favourite one?

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  1. Ebony Jay

    September 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I absolutely love bronzer that is the only thing I use to give my face a glow lol (:

    1. Kammitted

      September 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Can’t really do without it now either! I was too scared about going orange to start with, but now I always need it on 🙂 xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thankyou 🙂 x

  2. Laura

    September 19, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Lovely post I like the look of the elf bronzer that looks nice xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Thank you 🙂 the elf one is great for the price! Not too dark for me as I have pale skin too x

  3. Meimei Wan

    September 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Totally buying the bourjois bronzer and adding the benefit bronzer to my wish list 🙂 – I don’t suit bright blushes so stick to contouring and darker tones.

    meimei xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      The Hoola by Benefit is still my favourite, but the Bourjois one is actually really good and I would be happy using it too! Plus it smells like chocolate and is loads cheaper!! 🙂 xx

  4. Hanna

    September 23, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I heard so many good things about Bourjois and Benefit bronzers that I must purchase on of them soon 🙂 I love contouring my face.

    1. Kammitted

      September 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

      They are both really good! I find it hard to get a matte bronzer for contouring that isn’t too orange but these two are awesome!!

  5. Holly

    September 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Omg I think I’d die without my Bourjois chocolate bronzer to contour, (chocolate smell indeedy mmmmm <3) such a bargain and lasts forever!! That Elf one looks great too for a bronzer with a little shimmer 😀

    Now following you lovely 😀


    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      I know! I can’t believe I didn’t buy it before! I do love my Benefit one… but I also love only spending £6 on a blush instead of £24! Haha. Thanks chick! 😀 xx

  6. Molly

    September 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Hi! Love your tips for bronzer, i always feel things like bronzer/blusher make me look like a doll. I think i will try again now! Love your blog
    Molly x

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Aww thank you! Yeah give it a go and let me know how you get on! 😀 xx

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