How to apply bronzer, blush and highlighter

How to apply bronzer, blush and highlighter

When it comes to your base make-up, you don’t have to choose between bronzer, blush or highlighter. All three can be worn at the same time to create a warm, glowing complexion. You just need to know where and how to apply them…


Step 1. When wearing bronzer in combination with blush, try to avoid the apples of the cheeks and instead sweep your bronzer from your ears downwards, running underneath your cheekbones. “Applying bronzer under your cheekbones is a great way to help make them stand out and also lightly creates a contour to the face,” says make-up artist Ann Hassarati. A matte bronzer is best used for this technique.

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Step 2. Use the remnants on your brush to lightly dust the temples, as well as down the nose and chin (places where sunlight would naturally hit), for a natural glow.


Step 3. Applying blush and bronzer can help to give your cheeks the perfect amount of colour and glow. Ann says, “Your cheeks have more than enough room for both [blush and bronzer, but] remember, rosy shades [are designed] to mimic a natural flush and have no place on the hollows.” So when it comes to applying your blush, start at the centre of the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards.

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Step 4. Highlighter should be applied after all other base products as the finishing touch. Ann says, “The cool thing about highlighting your face is that you can use it in so many different areas.” To accentuate your cheeks, apply your highlighter at the tops of your cheekbones, blending towards your temples. A fan brush is a great tool to use for this area.

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Step 5. To highlight the eyes, switch to a small eye brush and apply some highlighter to your browbone and inner corners of the eyes.

Looking for bronzer, blush and highlighter, in one handy palette? We got you:

  1. Rimmel London Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit
  2. Paula’s Choice Blush & Contour Palette
  3. Natio Mineral Blush & Bronze Palette
  4. essence shape your face contouring palette

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