The Starting Off Project *Week Four* Bronzer

Hi everybody! I hope I can get this weeks post done in time, as I’ve got so much to do and so little time to do it!

This weeks post is about bronzer and I’ll be talking you through my tops tips and how to transform you into a bronzed goddess. I’ll be letting you into my some of my favourite products too. Lets get started!

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Bronzer first became popular way back in the 1920s when Coco Chanel returned from holiday with a golden glow. In an era of porcelain skin, it transformed how people viewed skin tones and started a fashion revolution. The first powdered bronzers were introduced in the 1950s, and let women recreate a sunkissed glow without tanning. Bronzer mimics a suntan and is considered a natural addistion to your makeup, however it ca also be used to create a dramatic contoured effect.

For a natural look, bronzer should be no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. Any darker and you may run the risk of looking a bit dirty rather than sunkissed. Once you have mastered how to apply bronzer, pluck up the courage to play around with different shades, textures and effects.

I very rarely apply bronzer on an unmade up face. Foundation helps the bronzer to set easily, and gives a lovely base to work on. You can wear bronzer on its own, but I tend to use a very light dusting to give me a light glow.

Two of my favourite brushes to apply bronzer with are the Real Techniques buffing brush, and the blush brush. Use the buffing brush to apply powder or cream bronzer to your cheekbones. Use the tip of the blush brush to contour your powder under your cheekbones and blend. I also like to use a big kabuki brush for an overall sun-kissed look.

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When I was taught, many years ago I may add, to apply bronzer, the Rule Of 3 stuck in my head and I’ve been using this technique ever since. Bronzer should hit your face where the sun naturally hits it. Using a brush, start at the top of your forehead, dust it along your cheeks and sweep it across your jawline all the way to your chin. Remember to blend it into your neck! If you are using your bronzer to contour, make sure it hits the recesses of your face. Your cheekbones, temple and sides of your nose are great areas to contour.

The MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden is a lightly frosted powder that gives a sheer finish to enhance an accent your tan. Although it looks scarily dark in the pan, it is actually a lovely light powder that is a firm favourite in my make up box.

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This compact set Fab-ra-cadabra is from the MAC Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection from 2009. I loved it so much I bought a few, as they come in so handy for work and take up no space at all. Golden is a golden brown bronze, with a very subtle shimmer. Buffed and Bronzed is packed with chunky glitter and makes a better eyeshadow colour than face. Sunbasqued is a beautiful deep bronzed peach.

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The Sleek Face Form Palette in medium contains the perfect colours to bronze, contour, highlight and blush in one. The matte brown on the left is used to define and contour your face. The highlight in the middle is perfect for illuminating the tops of your cheekbones, and down your nose. The blush/bronze on the right is multi purpose. I am happy to use it as a blush when creating a dramatic make up look, and it also looks very natural as a bronzer.

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Benefit Sunbeam is a golden bronze highlighter, that is a perfect addiction to your face. Just dot sunbeam on the top of your cheekbones and blend in for a lovely, subtle shimmer.

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Nars lluminator in Orgasm, although not a bronzer is a stunning illuminator that looks like you have been out in the sun all day. It refreshes and anhances your complexion and can be mixed into your foundation or patted onto your cheekbones for a delicious dewy finish.

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So there we have week four, all done and dusted so to speak! If you want to catch up with any of The Starting Off Project posts, please see the header at the top of my website. Don’t forget to search #theSOproject for more posts from fantastic bloggers. Next weeks The Starting Off Project will be on blusher, and I’m very very excited about this one.

Love Anoushka xx

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