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How to Get a Sun-Kissed Glow with Bronzer

  • Nathan Martin

    Step 1

    Swirl the powder brush in bronzer and tap to remove excess. Start at your temple and sweep the brush down around your eye — keeping it close to the hairline — and just under your cheekbone (make a fish face to help find it). When you're halfway to your nose, sweep the brush back toward your ear and down along your jawline. Repeat on the other side.

    Tip: Apply bronzer after foundation but before concealer.

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  • Nathan Martin

    Step 2

    Softly sweep the color down the center of your nose and along each side to blend.

  • Nathan Martin

    Step 3

    Grab your foundation brush — with a little leftover foundation on it — and, starting on your cheek directly below your pupil, lightly brush to soften any lines from the bronzer. Repeat on the other side.

    Tip: From your jawline, sweep bronzer down along your neck and onto your decolletage. Don't forget to apply it behind each ear.

  • Nathan Martin

    Bronze Winner

    The key to achieving a natural-looking glow is to use the right bronzer. A powder formula is the easiest to apply. Choose a sheer version that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone and has just a hint of shimmer. For light skin, we like Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder ($15, drugstores).

  • Peter Ardito

    The Glow-Down

    For dark complexions, try Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer in 100 ($54, Skip matte finishes, which can look muddy, and sparkly ones, which appear fake.

  • Peter Ardito

    The Golden Rules

    To ensure an even application, use a large powder brush with bristles that are medium in length and density (halfway between fluffy and stiff). Try the EcoTools Domed Bronzer Brush ($10,

    Use a foundation brush, like the Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush ($40, for blending.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2014.