How To Bronze, Blush and Highlight

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Bronzing, blushing, and highlighting are three makeup techniques that can help you achieve a flawless and radiant complexion. These techniques help to add warmth, depth, and glow to your face, giving you a healthy and youthful appearance – what more could you want from a makeup base? In this blog, we will discuss how to bronze, blush, and highlight your face successfully and some of my holy grail products.

Step 1 – Prep Your Face

Before you begin, it’s essential to prep your face to ensure that your makeup application goes on smoothly and lasts longer. It doesn’t need to be as extensive as a 7-step routine, just ensure you start by cleansing your face, moisturising and applying a primer. This step helps to even out the texture of your skin, making it easier to apply your makeup.

Step 2 – Applying Bronzer

Bronzing adds warmth and depth to your complexion, giving you a sun-kissed glow without the need to bask in the sun. To bronze your face, start by choosing a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone. Using a fluffy brush, apply the bronzer to the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits, such as your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Take your time blending the bronzer to create a natural and seamless look.

Step 3 – Applying Blush

Blushing your face is a makeup technique that involves applying a blush product, usually a pink, rouge or coral shade, to your cheeks to add colour and radiance to your complexion. To blush your face, start by choosing a product that compliments your skin tone. For fair skin, opt for a light pink or peachy blush, while for medium to dark skin, opt for a brighter shade, such as coral or deep rose. Using a fluffy brush pick up the powder blush and apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it well to create a natural and seamless look. Always start with less and build the colour up to avoid any makeup mishaps.

Step 4 – Apply Highlighter

Highlighter adds glow and radiance to your complexion, this is usually done by choosing a product that glistens and reflects the light. The colour that works best for you will be dependant on your skin tone. Those with fair skin usually suit a light champagne or gold shade, while for medium to dark skin, opt for a warmer shade, such as bronze or copper. Using a fan brush or small fluffy brush, buff the highlighter on the high points of your face where the light would naturally catch. This being your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and cupid’s bow.

Best Products for Bronzing, Blushing, and Highlighting

To achieve the best results when bronzing, blushing, and highlighting your face, you need to use high-quality products that are easy to work with and blend well. Here are some of the best products for bronzing, blushing, and highlighting your face:

Nars Bronzer

This popular product known for its smooth and velvety texture is the perfect bronzing product. It’s highly pigmented and blends easily, making it perfect for adding warmth and depth to your complexion.

Milani Baked Blush

Milani Baked Blush is a highly pigmented blush that comes in a range of shades, making it easy to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. The blush has a soft and silky texture and blends easily, making it perfect for adding colour and radiance to your complexion.

Smashbox X Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a popular highlighter known for its intense and long-lasting glow. The highlighter comes in a range of shades, making it easy to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. The highlighter has a creamy and smooth texture and blends easily, making it perfect for adding radiance and glow to your complexion.

Tips for Bronzing, Blushing and Highlighting

Bronzing, blushing, and highlighting are three makeup techniques that can help you achieve a flawless and radiant complexion. However, these techniques can be challenging to master. Here are some tips to leave you with flawless skin:

Choose the Right Products

Choosing the right products is essential for achieving a natural and seamless look. When selecting products, make sure to choose colours that complement your skin tone. Use matte bronzer for contouring and shimmery or iridescent highlighters for illuminating your face. Finding the best products for you may take some time but enjoy the process of testing and experiment with different shades while utilising the testers usually available in the store.

Apply in Natural Light

Like with any makeup product, it’s best to apply your bronzer, blush, and highlighter in natural light. This will ensure you can properly see how the makeup is applying to your face and achieve the most natural and seamless look. Natural light will help you to see the true colours of your makeup and ensure that you apply the right amount of product.

Use the Right Tools

Using the right tools is essential for achieving a natural and seamless look. When applying bronzer, use a fluffy brush that is easy to blend. The best brush to apply blush with is a rounded head brush that is easy to control. When applying highlighter, use a soft fan or small fluffy brush to help you apply with precision and create a natural and seamless glow.

Blend Well

Blending well is essential for achieving a natural and seamless look. Blend your bronzer, blush, and highlighter well to create a natural and seamless look. Use a clean brush to blend out any excess product and ensure that there are no harsh lines.

Don’t Overdo It

Remember, sometimes less is more when it comes to bronzing, blushing, and highlighting. Don’t overdo it by applying too much product too fast. It’s much easier to add product than to take it away so always start with a small amount and build up the colour gradually until you achieve the desired look.

Consider Your Skin Type

When selecting products for bronzing, blushing, and highlighting, consider your skin type. If you have oily skin, opt for matte products that won’t make your skin look shiny. If you have dry skin, opt for creamy products that will hydrate your skin and give you a radiant glow.

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