Ask the Experts: Where Should I Apply Bronzer (According to My Face Shape)?
We love hearing from our panel of beauty pros about the latest and greatest beauty tricks. Today, we're lucky enough to hear from makeup pro Rachel Halsey, who gives us some tips on how to apply bronzer, according to our face shapes.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard anyone say, “How did you get such a gorgeous, dull skin tone?” or, “Your face looks so ashy today -- that’s hot!” This is because a healthy-looking skin tone is always on-trend and, let’s face it, everyone can use a little glow and warmth in their life. On set, I apply it on practically every client, men included. Depending on your face shape, strategic placement of bronzer is key to creating the perfect glow and enhancing your complexion. Check out these easy-yet-essential tips on where to apply bronzer, according to your face shape.
Bronzer Rule of Thumb
The basic rule I follow when applying bronzer is focusing on the areas of the face on which the sun would naturally touch: forehead, bridge of the nose and cheekbones. You can also add a bit of color to your collarbones and décolleté, if those areas are exposed. No need to go crazy with the bronzer, just a soft dusting will do.
Apply your bronzer to the top of the forehead, along the hairline. Also sweep it along the cheeks (not the hollows, unless you want a more contoured look). You can also dust along the bridge of the nose gently, just don’t overdo it.
To slim a round face, try applying the bronzer along the cheekbones, downward toward the jaw so it creates a soft shadow that slims the face. Make sure to blend well so it’s natural and an extreme contoured look.
Rectangular Face Shape
With a rectangular face shape, try sweeping your bronzer along the middle of the forehead, and along the middle of the cheeks (right between the hollows and the top of the cheekbones).
Square Face Shape
Apply your bronzer along the forehead and cheeks (as you did above), but use a more curved method, so as to soften the corners of your face.