How To Pick a Bronzer

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In response to Haley’s question:

What is a good bronzer to use during this time of year?

There are a lot of bronzers available, so picking one can be overwhelming. The most important thing is to pick one for your skintone. According to Cosmo,

  • If you’re fair with yellow undertones, look for a palette that has a combination of warm peach, apricot, and bronze shades – it’ll warm up your complexion without overpowering it.

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Too Faced Caribbean In A Compact ($25)

  • If you’re fair with pink undertones, use both bronzer and blush to get the most natural effect. Dust a medium bronze shade over your forehead, nose, and cheeks first, then sweep a bright pink blush just on the apples of your cheeks.

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Sephora Duo Bronzer ($16)

  • If you have olive to dark skin, you can pull off deeper hues like terra-cotta and copper. Apply it only where the sun naturally hits (cheekbones, nose, forehead), since an allover monotone hue looks fake.

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Cargo Bronzer ($25)

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How to Apply Foundation

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Lancome Presents Allure Beauty 101 – Foundation 101

1. A smooth compexion will allow for a more natural-looking application; exfoliate once a week with a gentle scrub containg soft, synthetic beads.

2. Select a sheer-coverage, water-based foundation that matches your skin color. Swipe several different shades from your cheek to your jawlin and check in natural light to see which one virtually disappears.

3. Smooth on lightweight moisturizer and wait five minutes for it to absorb.

4. Dampen a makeup sponge and squeeze out excess water. Pour a nickel-size amount of foundation into your palm and dip in the thin end of the sponge.

5. Beginning at the forehead, spread the foundation in thin layers using short, downward strokes (so the fine hairs on cheeks lie smooth). Blend well into the hairline and under the jaw to avoid a masklike look.

6. Cover red spots and undereye circles with concealer that matches your foundation. Use a pointy brush to dab a thick formula onto blemishes. With a flat brush or fingertip, stipple a few dots of creamy concealer under the eyes, stopping short of the outer corners. Blend well.

7. Dip a large, fluffy brush in loose powder, shake off excess, and wipe over the T-zone and under the eyes. Finish makeup as usual.

Be sure to check out these related posts:

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How to Fake Flawless Skin With Makeup

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Step 1 – Start with a clean, bare face.

Step 2 – After washing your face, moisturize asap to lock in moisturize all day.

Step 3 – Even out skin tone with a base.

Step 4 - Get rid of/disguise under eye circles and blemishes with the correct concealer.

Step 5 – Set your makeup with loose or face powder.

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How to Pick the Perfect Foundation Color/Shade

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When buying foundation for yourself, make sure your face is clean and bare.

Shopping at a drugstore…

If you’re buying foundation from a drugstore and you can’t test the foundation in-store, the trick is to first determine if your skin is pale, medium, or dark. Once you know your skintone, it is easier to narrow down the right foundation shade for you. If you’re pale, stay away from pink foundation shades. Instead, look for foundation shades with the name “beige” or “buff.” If you’re medium (Asian, light beige, olive, or tanned), look for foundation shades with the name “warm,” “medium,” or “golden.” If you’re dark, go for foundation shades with the name “tan,” “sable,” or “chestnut.”

Shopping at a department/beauty store…

If you’re buying foundation from a department/beauty store, it is much easier to find the perfect shade. Select the closest foundation matches and swipe them on your jawline. You want a foundation color that matches your neck as well as your face. If possible, take a mirror and head to a window or outside so you can see the colors in natural light. The foundation color for you will fade into your skin without much blending.

*NOTE: people with oily faces, be aware of oxidation. The oil from your skin can cause the foundation to change color over time when it mixes with the oil. So when picking a foundation color, try to pick a color that is slightly lighter than your skintone.

Be sure to check out these related posts:

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How To Find the Best Colors for Your Eyes

How To Pick a Bronzer

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Different Ways to Apply Foundation

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If you’re looking for a sheer, natural look, use clean fingers. The warmth of your hands will help melt the foundation into your skin. You can use your fingers with liquid foundation, cream foundation, and tinted moisturizers. To achieve a sheer, natural look, you can also use a powder brush with powder foundation. Just swirl the brush into the powder, tap excess powder off the brush, and then dust your face.

If you’re looking for medium coverage, use a sponge. You can use a sponge with powder, cream-to-powder, or thicker liquid foundations. Don’t rub the foundation into your skin. Tap.

If you’re looking for a flawless, polished look, use a foundation brush. It will give you a flawless, polished finish because you are literally painting on the foundation. You can use a foundation brush with any texture of foundation except for powder.

Be sure to check out these related posts:

How to Apply Foundation

How to Pick the Perfect Foundation Color/Shade

Different Types of Foundation Textures

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