The bronzed goddess makeup guide

Bronzing your face, as simple as it may seem, is one of those things that is hard to get right. The trick is to understand how your skin naturally tans – the skin on your face never tans evenly and thus, washing bronzer over your whole face without method will leave you looking more like a hot contender at the Oompa Loomper auditions, rather than someone who has just come home from three weeks in Fiji.

Below: we loved the bronzed makeup at the Flamingo Sands show at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week last year:

Step-by-step guide to getting the bronzed look right:


Getting your hands on a great Kabuki brush will give this look a professional touch, but a normal blush brush will work too.


The great thing about this look is that it requires minimal product – foundation, bronzer, golden shimmer powder, mascara and clear lipgloss.

Having both a matte bronzer and a bronzer with a shimmer in it is ideal, but having just one or the other will work fine. If you don’t have gold shimmer powder, a golden eyeshadow or lipgloss is a great substitute – remember to be creative and work with what you already have.

Step one:

Prime and then use a sheer foundation to cover the face. If you have one, a foundation 2 – 3 shades darker than you would normally use is great for this look. Remember to blend carefully into your hairline and down on to your neck. Set the foundation with a translucent powder.

Step two:

Use a matt bronze powder, to very lightly contour the cheeks just under the cheekbone. Also apply a very light dusting around the hairline.

Step three:

Apply bronzer to your face in two ‘C’ shapes. The first ‘C’ should start at your temples and curve around to the apple of your cheeks, and the second ‘C’ should start at the apple of your cheeks and curve around slightly under your jaw line to your chin.

Step four:

Use the same bronzer as a wash on the eyelids in place of an eyeshadow and blend right up into the socket.

Step five:

Apply some golden shimmer powder to the top of the cheekbones to highlight them, and to the area just below the brow. You can add some to the inner corner of the eye and under the lower lash line if you wish.

Step six:

Apply a dusting of bronzer to the lips and slick with a clear gloss. Use a tiny dash of the gold shimmer power on the cupid’s bow of the top lip to create a fuller look

Step seven:

Finish the look by grooming and penciling the brows, and curling the lashes – followed by a sweep of mascara.

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