Summer is coming and that can only mean one thing — sun-kissed skin! But actual sun-kissed skin, you know–the kind that results from UVA and UVB exposure – has damaging effects on our skin that far outweigh the benefits of looking like a bronzed goddess. The solution is simple. Enjoy a sun-kissed look all year round with some simple bronzer and illuminator tips from Lorraine’s House of Styles.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to applying bronzer is skipping the illuminator. The illuminator is an essential partner for your bronzer to aid in natural contouring and give you that magazine glow.
How to apply bronzer:
After you have applied your foundation (liquid or powder), break out the bronzer. Be careful not to choose a shade that’s too dark for your skintone. This will look unnatural. Test a few shades before selecting. Ideally your bronzer should be 1-2 shades darker than your natural color depending on your desired look. Bronzer should only be applied to the ‘high points’ of your face to achieve the most natural, sun-kissed look. The high points are your cheekbones (blend all the way back to your hairline), forehead (right above the arch of your eyebrows) and nose (bronzer gets dusted on the sides of your nose to create contour).
How to apply illuminator:
The illuminator or highlighter does just what its name implies –it highlights focal points on your face. In conjunction with the bronzer, the two work together to enhance your facial structure.
Highlighter is applied above the cheek bones (right under the eyes), to the center of your chin, to the middle of your forehead straight down the bridge of your nose and just above the cupid’s bow of your lips.
Take a look at Kim K’s makeup blueprint that shows where her makeup artist applies bronzer and highlighter.