If you follow makeup trends, you’ve no doubt seen our current cultural penchant for heavy bronzer and not much blush. This fad can look stunning on a young woman, but on someone over the age of about forty, it can look weird. For example, as we age, our face tends to become thinner and have less color. Bronzer is meant to create the image of deeper cheekbones but on an already thin face, it can make you look gaunt. If you apply bronzer without adding some color on the apple of your cheek, then your face will look thin and drained! If this isn’t the effect you are going for, then I suggest some simple techniques that will properly frame your face and add a punch of color.
Bronzer should be the color of your breastbone or about one to two shades darker than your skin. Using a brush, softly blend product on the rim of your face and under your cheekbone, pulling it to about two fingers from your nose. Be careful to not create a harsh line with the contour because as we age, softer lines and gentle blending is generally more flattering. If you don’t have bangs like I do, apply some bronzer on the highest points of your forehead, as this softens the face and creates a frame for the rest of your makeup. Lastly, I usually put some bronzer just under my chin, as the skin there doesn’t get any sunshine and is lighter than the rest of my face.
After bronzer, grab your favorite blush that is in the same color family as your lipstick. For example, if you are going to wear a peachy lipstick, then use a warm blusher like coppertone or, my personal favorite, Modern Mandarin. If your lipstick is rosey, then go for a pop of pink on your cheekbones like Fleur Power by MAC. Using a blush brush or your fingers if using a creme blush, add the color to the apple ofyour cheekbones, not all along the cheekbone. At times, I see women apply blusher as if they were rubbing spices on a steak! Think of blush as if you just worked out and the color that floods your cheeks when you finish. That is where you add blusher! Lastly, put a dsh of blush on your orbital eyebrow bone, chin, and forehead to warm up your entire face.
In my next video, I will show how to keep on your lipstick using simple tricks of the trade.