Contributing Writer on CurlyNikki.com

Hey loves! Most of my natural hair followers should definitely know about this dope natural hair site called Curly Nikki ! Curly Nikki is the natural hair guru with awesome topics on EVERYTHING and more surrounding natural hair. 

I am so honored to be working with Nikki as a contributing beauty writer for her site! Check out my first post about how to pick out your summer bronzer (loyal followers, I know you’ve already read it on here ::wink:: ).

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**Check the comments section, readers are leaving a lot of great suggestions for their favorite bronzers as well!

How To Pick Your Summer Bronzer

If natural kisses from the sun aren’t quite your forte, then bronzer will become your new BFF! Bronzer is used just like blush, but is meant to give you a more sun-kissed, just-back-from-the-beach glow that will have the guys wondering how you look so luminous. The goal is to look exactly that … sun-kissed! Here are some helpful tips and great products to get to started with enhancing your beautiful skin :)

Picking a Bronzer


Shimmer? Matte? Highlighter? Yes, there are many options when it comes to bronzers, but take a deep breath and don’t feel overwhelmed. There are a few simple things to keep in mind.

1. Pick a bronzer that is right for your skin tone. It’s easy to go too dark and look dirty or too light and look shiny and ashy.

2. Pick a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Look for descriptions like “dark” and “deep” or higher-numbered labels. Make sure it’s pigmented.

3. Bronzers come in liquids, powders, sticks and beads. So, experiment and play around by choosing the one that makes you look your best.

TIP: If you’ve got normal-to-oily skin, try a powder formulation. For dry skin, a cream or gel bronzer is probably the way to go.

(pictured above are two bronzers I use on a daily basis: (left) Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Powder in “Bahama (7)”, & (right) Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder in “Sunkiss (030)”.)

Applying Bronzer


First note, a little can go a long way. It’s better to apply less and add more as you go. You don’t want your bronzer to look like it’s just sitting on your foundation or bare skin, so blending is key!

1. Sweep your bronzer on with a big fluffy brush on areas of your face the sun would hit — the temples, cheeks, bridge of your nose, chin and along the hairline. Make sure to tap off any extra bronzer before you apply to avoid going overboard.

2. As for the rest of your makeup, keep it simple. A pretty peachy lip gloss, soft pink cheeks and warm eyes complement bronzer well. If you are comfortable without foundation, bronzer is great to wear alone on top of clean, bare skin.

TIP: If you have oily or combination skin, use oil absorbing sheets to gently blot any excess oil away. This prevents you from potentially removing your bronzer and looking splotchy.

What are some of your favorite bronzers?