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My favorite bronzer for when I want to be dramatic with things is Benefit Dallas. I often show it on my Instagram stories because I use it frequently and I’m proud to say it’s one of the few items I have hit pan on more than once. Okay, technically it’s not even a bronzer – it’s listed as a blush. But anything that people ask me if I’ve lost weight when I’m wearing it definitely makes my face look slimmer, more tan and just better all around. Which is exactly what I go for – but it doesn’t look natural.
To achieve an everyday, natural bronzed look you need the right products for your skin tone, the right tools and the right technique.
the right products
For my more natural bronze my favorite product is the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Palette. I don’t often use the highlighter part, but it’s a subtle one and is usually what I will want when I highlight. There are two variations available in Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I’m using the Light to Medium.
Ever since Bronze & Glow released I always said I wish that instead of a highlighter there would be a blush. I must not have been alone in that with because this year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale my prayers were answered and I was able to purchase the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Blush.
The bronzer side of this palette is actually a shade lighter than the original Bronze & Glow palette (in the swatch pics they look identical side-by-side but IRL there is a slight shade difference), which surprised me because even the Light to Medium shade of bronzer was on the lighter side. Another surprise is that the blush side is unbelievably pigmented. You’ll dip your brush in quickly, tap off any excess and still use a light hand to apply. Right now my skin tone is more medium from Summer and this blush was bold on me. I usually blend like crazy and then dust some setting powder over-top to tone it down – that’s how pigmented it is! That being said the bronzer side is perfect for that natural bronzed look all over your face.
the right tools
Surprisingly the brush that comes with the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Blush is perfect for applying this bronzer naturally. More often than not I throw away an included brush, but this one I’m loving. It’s super soft and pliable so it makes applying the bronze side easy and precise. For bronzer I also like to use a brush from Morphe, though it’s a little less precise and will cover more area on the face. The common thread, though, is that the brushes are both soft. For the blush side I’ve been using the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush (which isn’t technically for blush but I’m here to break the rules).
the right technique
Obviously, use a light hand. Less is more and the easier you go in the more opportunity you have if you want to build up the color. They say to apply your bronzer you should go in the shape of a 3 and I kind of do that. It ends up like a 3, but I don’t start at my forehead – especially not when I’m wanting natural. If I start at the cheek area, where I personally want it to be the darkest, I can be sure that my forehead and jaw lines are a touch lighter. I don’t need the super darkness around my hairline and jaw… TBH it can look dirty if you do it wrong and I don’t have any time for that – especially on a natural day! To finish up, even if you feel totally blended, go in lightly and blend one more time. Perfection.
The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Blush retails for $75.00 (including the brush) and will be available again SOON. Nordstrom had it early for the Anniversary Sale and it’s listed on the Charlotte Tilbury Website as returning later this year. Keep your eyes peeled!!
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