Follow these bronzing rules this summer
Fake it till you bake
There used to be a time when a Singaporean girl would not go near a bronzer. But five Kardashian/Jenners later, it seems everyone and their mother is working the contour or bronzer like there's no tomorrow. Having a pale, flat visage without any definition and contour is well... passe. That doesn't mean you have to go for the fake orange like Donald Trump after a bad spray tan (have you seen his white eye circles?).
If you're going for an all over colour, you'll want to apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit the face. Hint: Look at photos of your last actual tan, and don't apply it everywhere, but on the cheekbones, across the forehead and along the nose. If you want contour, make sure you use a good brush to blend the colour in seamlessly — there's nothing more laughably amateur than obvious demarcations of colour. Follow these other simple tips for fake baking with the best of them.
DON'T GO TOO DARK
We mean in relation to your natural skin tone. If you have a deep complexion, sure you can go for the deeper shades or bronzers for subtle definition, but no matter your complexion, always go for a shade or two darker than your actual skin tone. Go deeper and it will look extremely unnatural. Try Chantecaille's cult Sirena Bronzer — which has a lighter highlighter shade and a darker bronzer shade — so it's easy to blend the perfect match and balance your bronzer.
SKIP THE SHIMMER FOR A MORE NATURAL FINISH
Many bronzers come with shimmer and while it can look pretty at night, it may be too much for the day. Look for a bronzer with a matte finish for a natural glow, like the Marc Jacobs Beauty O! Mega Bronzer which is supersized, so it can be used for your body as well. Or try Nars' Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer, which is not just matte, but has translucent powders to work with your natural skin tone.
REMEMBER TO HIT YOUR NECK AND DÉCOLLETÉ
There's nothing worse than using bronzer on your face and having a neck and decollétage that's four shades lighter. Use a big, fluffy brush to dust bronzer on your neck and shoulder areas, or blend some liquid bronzer with your body cream and apply it to any areas of exposed skin, such as your chest, neck, upper arms and even back. Remember to let any body makeup dry completely before putting on your clothes to avoid any staining.
BRONZERS WITH A TOUCH OF PINK GIVE THE PERFECT SUNKISSED GLOW
Remember the aim is to look sunkissed, not sun slapped. The colours in Guerlain's Terracotta Bronzers can be swirled together for a super flattering shade, or you can apply the pink tones on the cheek apples for a healthy, yet believable flush that will make you glow like JLo.