Let me start by saying I do not claim to be a professional by ANY means with regards to make-up application & hairstyling. It has, however, become quite a hobby of mine and I’ve dedicated a lot of time ( & some money) into perfecting my beauty routine. I like to think that through all the years of trial and error, styling friends and family for weddings and fashion shows, and just being high maintenance in general, I’ve developed a knack for it along the way.
For me, an absolute MUST for any everyday face is Blush & Bronzer. No amount of lips and liner can bring life to your face quite like a perfectly suited blush.
For all you fair skinned ladies, bright pinks and rosy reds are the perfect shades to get a porcelain finish. Medium skin tones will benefit from bright orangey corals to keep skin looking nice and warm. Pick bright fuchsias and hot pinks for dark skin tones with lots of color pigment for a great contrast.
Bronzers are typically used for one of two reasons; to achieve a natural, sun-kissed glow or to contour the face. Always be sure you’re using a bronzer no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone to avoid and orange or caked on look (find a color chart in the beauty section to compare if you need help, usually near foundations).
To achieve the natural sun-kissed look, use a wide, soft brush to evenly distribute all over the face. Use a highlight or luminizer on top of the cheek to catch light and announce the cheek. You can add a touch of blush to the apple of your cheek for a little color and your good to go! This look works best on long, narrow faces or faces with prominent cheek bones, helping to soften and widen the face a little.
Kate Bosworth’s famous sun-kissed glow
To add some structure to your face requires a little extra effort. Apply bronzer under the cheek bones with a slimmer angled brush. If you’re unsure where to apply, make a fish face and follow the hollow part that runs between the edge of your mouth to the top of your ear. Blend well, dragging your brush back and forth and up along your temple making a soft “C”. Apply blush just above this contour you’ve created, starting from the apple of your cheek and blending up to the hair line. Your highlight should go in the middle of the forehead & down the nose, in the area just under your eyes beside your nose (in an almost triangle shape), on your cupids bow, and on your chin. This application works best for wide faces and chubby cheeks (much like mine!), drawing attention to the center of your face and helping to elongate.
Kim K – The Contour Queen
My Pick for blush is The Body Shop’s Baked-To-Last Blush available in Petal, a bright pink, and Coral – great for all skin tones. It promotes a “rich blend of oils” for long lasting wear up to 8 hours & actually delivers. It has long lasting wear, rich pigmented color, and is very easy to blend.
Too Faced cosmetics is my pick for great bronzers. They’re pressed powders are soft and not only do they blend incredibly well, but they last all day (and night if you plan on hitting the town after work). Their Natural Face palette is a great bang for your buck as it has everything you need to achieve these looks. It includes bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer & brightener. Buying all of these separately will cost you almost double, maybe more.
Hope this is helpful!