The Best Ways To Bronze


Our tips for choosing the bronzer that works for you.

Summer is just around the corner, and nothing says summer quite like a bronzer. Let us help you navigate the multitude of choices with tips, tricks, and answers to your 3 most frequently asked questions.

1. What’s The Best Type Of Bronzer?

Really in the end, it's a matter of personal taste! But the choice of formula - shimmer mineral bronzer, or matte mineral bronzer or cream bronzer - does create a different visual effect.

Shimmer Mineral Bronzer

A shimmer mineral bronzer like Glow Bronzing Powder Sunbeam has an inner light to it. It looks glamorous, polished and sophisticated.

Click here to browse Sunbeam and other shades of Glow Bronzing Powder

Matte Mineral Bronzer

A matte mineral bronzer like Matte Bronzing Powder Freckle simply blends imperceptibly with your natural skin, for the most ‘no-makeup-makeup’ finish.

Click here to shop Freckle and other shades of Matte Bronzing Powder.

Cream Bronzer

Meanwhile a cream bronzer like Bare Bronze leaves a dewy finish, subtly smoothing and perfecting the skin, with a subtle airbrushed effect.

Click here to shop Bare Bronze.

Bronzer For Cool Skin

Most bronzers have golden undertones. If you have cool rosy skin, and don't tan easily, you should choose a neutral blusher like Blush Touch "Fawn" to use as a bronzer for sculpting and all-over healthy colour.

Click here to shop Fawn as a bronzer optimised for cool skin tones.

2. How Should I Apply Bronzer?

With every type of bronzer, mix and match these 2 bronzer techniques for beautiful results.

The first step is to imagine you are facing a bright light, which makes the high points of your face light up, and casts your contours and angles into shadow. 

A. Bronzing To Sculpt

If you apply bronzer to the areas of shadow, which are likely to be under the cheekbones, under the chin, and above the temples, you will be sculpting. This is the same as simple contouring.

This will define and enhance the structure of your face, which helps you look more polished, angular, and will also help your features show up in photos and resist the inherently flattening effects of a camera lens.

B. Bronzing For All-Over Tan

Conversely, if you apply bronzer to the areas where the light hits your face – the high points like your forehead, cheekbones and bridge of the nose and chin – then you will create a natural, healthy, all-over tan effect. It makes sense, since when you tan naturally, it’s these high points of your face that catch the sun.

The Best Of Both Worlds

Remember you can use both techniques in the same look. First, build and blend several layers of bronzer to sculpt, then finish by applying the excess product remaining on your brush to the high points of your face for a hint of all-over tan.

3. What Should I Apply Bronzer With?

For powder bronzer you can use the half-moon brush included in the compact or follow our artists and use our Powder Brush for easy, streak-free application.

For cream bronzer you can use the sponge included in the compact or aim for the most professional finish with our dense Buffing Brush, which ensures a sheer and blended finish.

Both brushes are hand-made in Derbyshire and are short-handled to fit conveniently inside your make-up bag.