Hello, my name is Essence. I'm a beauty director, and I don't know how to apply bronzer. Before we go throwing stones of judgement here, in my defense A) I'm lazy, and B) Bronzer isn't a product that's marketed as readily to dark-skinned people of color as much as it is light-skinned and white people. For the longest I just thought bronzer was a product that wouldn't really add anything to my look because my melanin was rich on its own. But boy was I wrong?! Not about the rich melanin part because #blessed, but about thinking it'd serve no purpose in my beauty routine.
When Fenty Beauty launched their line of bronzers I was like, Wait! A black woman-owned makeup company is selling bronzers? Rihanna would never lie to us so if she's saying we could all benefit from a little bronzing then it MUST be true! That's when I hit up my good boo Hector Espinal, Global Makeup Artist for Fenty Beauty, and asked if he could come give me a 101 session on how to use the product. All I'mma say is I've been living a lie for 32 years of my life and bronzer is the product I never knew I needed. It's easy to use, and it made my skin look better than I even thought it could look. Never will I ever go through another spring, summer, fall or winter of my life without it.
So let's get started! An easy rule of thumb is to apply bronzer wherever the sun bounces off your the face. Hector applied the Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Mocha Mami with a sculpting brush to the high points of my cheeks, lids, chin, shoulders, collar bone and above my brow bone.
Tip: If you apply too much bronzer, go back over those areas with your makeup sponge and press the excess product into the skin.
Believe it or not, those simple steps are the basics of bronzer! You can already see how much warmer and richer my skin looks compared to a look like this one with no bronzer. But to really maximize the effects of bronzer, you'll want to take a few extra steps to achieve that total body glow and richness.