Should You Skip Bronzer in the Winter?
A beauty staple during the summer months, bronzer, can look fake on winter’s paler skin. But you don’t have to give up the glow completely. Just follow these tips from makeup artist Emma Willis, director of artistry for Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge in Los Angeles and Dallas.
1. Swap your shimmery bronzer for one that’s matte or semi matte.
Sparkle looks out of place and artificial when the temperature dips. Whether it’s July or January, cheek color should look believable, says Willis. “Think of the flushed look you got as a kid after having a snowball fight outside,” she says. “That’s the fresh hue you want to recapture.”
2. Don’t apply bronzer all over.
Instead of applying bronzer for an all-over sun-kissed look, use it more sparingly as a contouring tool. Dip a powder brush into the bronzer, tap off the excess, and lightly buff, using a swirling motion, under your cheekbones. Apply what’s left on your brush directly on the cheekbones.
3. Top off your bronzer with a cream blush.
“I love cream blush,” Willis says. “It leaves your skin youthful, dewy and radiant.” Warm the blush on your fingertips, smile and press the color onto the apples of your cheeks. Blend by patting gently into your skin. For extra staying power, layer a very light dusting of powder blush over the cream. You can extend your cheek color toward your temples, but “don’t take it too far,” says Willis. And remember, “blend up and out toward your ear, not down toward your nose.”
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