From well-tanned surfers and beach babes at the DSqaured2 and Tommy Hilfiger spring 2016 catwalks, to sun-kissed skin at Balmain and Michael Kors, this season, designers delivered us a range of bronzed goddesses that make warm, glowing skin appear effortless and absolutely essential for summer 2016. But for us average humans of the world, properly applying bronzer can feel as nerve-racking as trying to perfectly execute a symmetrical winged liner. There's the chance that you may apply too much in the wrong spots, or worse, end up turning an alarming shade of orange.
Since we don't recommend basking in the sun to achieve your sun-kissed glow (unless you're lathered in SPF), we're giving you 6 tips to achieve the status of a natural, bronzed goddess without any fuss or do-overs.
So without further ado, we give you 6 different ways for applying bronzer the right way this summer!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT
For the most natural looking glow, learn what shades and textures work best for your complexion. If you're fair with pink undertones in your skin, look for neutrals because you don't want to add to the pink you already have, and you don't want to look orange.
If you have an olive skin tone, go for peachy-gold bronzers to warm up the skin. And if you have a deeper skin tone, choose a rich hazelnut or chocolate shade to avoid looking muddy.
CONSIDER SKIN TYPE
When choosing the right products for your skin, it's important to know what type of formula compliments you best. If you're dealing with breakouts or flaky skin for example, avoid creamy or shimmery formulas that will enhance problem skin. If you're prone to dryness however, soft shimmers can help add the luminosity that dry skin lacks.
MAKE SURE YOUR BRUSH IS A GOOD MATCH
When choosing the correct brush to apply your bronzer, go for big, fluffy, and round. Liquids and creams can leave harsh lines, so go for a flat-top stippling brush that will buff the cream in so it doesn't look as though it's sitting on top of the skin. To use bronzer as a contour on darker skin, use an angled brush and apply colour under the cheekbones.
MIMIC THE SUN
For a vacation-equivalent glow, apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face (similar to the way highlighter is applied where the light would naturally hit your face). This means all of the high points of your face: cheeks, corners of the forehead, and a little on the nose. If you have freckles, follow the speckles – that's where the sun will go.
IMAGINE A "3" SHAPE
For a foolproof application, start at the apples of the cheeks and blend your bronzer in an outward curve up to the forehead along the hairline, then back down that curve and out again, passing over the hollow of the cheeks and just under the jawline.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR NECK
There is nothing worse than a miss-matched face and neck. To achieve a full, even finish, use any last bits of bronzer on your brush to warm up your neck and collarbone. Your chest gets a lot of sun naturally, but your neck is hidden by your chin, so it's going to be lighter.