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  1. Raquel M.
    June 19, 2012

    I love bronzers! I’m very fair so I use them all year long with a sheer light layer and in the summer more intensely. I’m using Estée Lauder’s Soft Shimmer Bronzer, it’s my all-time favourite :)

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Sounds like a lovely way to add colour to your skintone :) thanks for sharing your fave bronzer too!

  2. CC
    June 19, 2012

    Classic example of A picture is worth a thousand words!

    Thanks, Paris!! ;)

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Glad you found it useful, CC! :)

  3. Yani
    June 19, 2012

    Love the illustration!! Great post, Paris! I really appreciated the way he explained things, and made them really easy to understand. :)

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks Yani! It was so clear after he explained it that I actually got it right! Lol!

  4. Hanny Daforcena
    June 19, 2012

    Great tips! I usually suck in my cheeks ala fish-face and apply the bronzer under my cheekbones hahaha. I also use it on my jawline to fake a kuaci face, heh heh heh.
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Yes, the sucking in of cheeks is a good place to start but it may not show you where to stop :) I’m sort of glad I no longer have to make a fish face at myself anymore lol!

  5. lazeny
    June 19, 2012

    Hi Paris, I would like to recommend Lunasol Shading Cheeks for contour, I got mine from Ichibankao. It’s divided into 3 strips of poweder & has a strip of powder to contour as well as a strip of powder to give a subtle highlight. It show’s subtly on my face, I’m usually NC30 but on cold days about NC25. It is very subtle :)

    I love Guerlain Bronzers! The 4Seasons is my favorite.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Hi Lazeny, thanks for theLunasol rec! I love Lunasol makeup so I’ll check it out at the counter next time I’m there :) I’m actually dying to try a Guerlain bronzer. I wonder if I dare take the plunge anyway and hope its not too strong :P

  6. Nikki
    June 19, 2012

    You know how much I love bronzers! Would my boring skin, Bronzer gives me the life! :) Thanks for sharing the tips and diagram!!! :)
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Bring skin? You?? No way :P

  7. germs
    June 19, 2012

    awesome information, Paris! i’m a pale girl too and to be honest i’ve never been attracted to bronzers – tried it out once using a friend’s bronzer with the ‘draw a big 3′ method and i ended up looking like a monkey. this post plus the burberry bronzer you featured recently might just get my bronzer buying engine started! :D
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Haha I know exactly what you mean!! All those ‘draw a big 3′ tips never worked for me. I looked odd and everything was just off. I still prefer my pale self but the Burberry was a good place to start. Also look at Guerlain, because they seem to be specialists in bronzers :)

  8. Lumi
    June 19, 2012

    Thanks for the tips! I like the drawings. :)

    I don’t wear bronzer much, but I’d like to learn how to use them more to get a nice glow and defined features like my cheekbones. ^^

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks Lumi! Like you, I’m not that into bronzers but I have to admit that done right, it does accentuate the contours of the face in a very flattering way!

  9. shusheshe
    June 19, 2012

    Thanks for the tips! This is the most useful tips I’ve gotten so far. A Bobbi Brown SA taught me to draw a big three (forehead, top of my cheekbones, jaw), but it’s always looked a bit odd on me.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      I’m glad you found these useful. I thought Mr. Poulin made so much sense and made it seem so easy! I never got the big 3 tip either. I just ended up looking off. On hindsight, it might be because it’s too low on our faces :) have you tried these tips yet?

  10. Jyoan
    June 19, 2012

    Did the makeup artist say anything about how to choose the shade of bronzer? I feel like it’s so hard to choose the correct shade. It’s like buying so many, and see when you get lucky. haha.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      No he didn’t say anything about that although he assured me I could wear a Guerlain bronzer even though it looks dark, because the powders come indifferent shades, are very sheer and suit all skintones. That said, he was from Guerlain so naturally he was pushing his powders ;)

  11. Efraín
    June 19, 2012

    I’m not that into bronzer because I’m already tan all the year (for have an idea I´m a NC42 in MAC) so using bronzer for me it´s not really an tempting idea, but if I buy one it would be for contour.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Ah yes, you wouldn’t be needing bronzer to tan, but maybe to add a glow or contour?

  12. Lily
    June 19, 2012

    In my opinion, the most important thing is to start with a light hand then build up from there. Also, a well blended contour is key to looking natural!
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Good tips, Lily. I think bronzers and blush are the easiest things to overdo

  13. Sze Ling
    June 19, 2012

    ROFL. Luckily I haven’t had people telling me “Oh, is that some dirt on your face?” yet. :D
    Looks like I might be using the right method afterall. ;)
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Awesome! Which bronzer are you using?

  14. Teddy
    June 19, 2012

    Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine #1 Healthy Matte is perfect for fair complexions (you can always go with the “Original Tan” if you prefer iridescence; the shades are all identical). The colour is a delicate peachy bronze that isn’t the least bit brown!

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks for the rec! Peachy bronze sounds pretty!

  15. xin
    June 19, 2012

    excellent diagrams! i remember watching a video once about how to use stila contouring kit and i really learnt a lot from the video :D
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      True! Video wild have been much better…. But No way I’m doing a video lol!

  16. Sukie
    June 19, 2012

    Thank you so much for these idiot-proof diagrams! *runs off to dust bronzer on face*
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      I hope they were helpful, Sukie! Which bronzer are you using then?

      • Sukie
        June 23, 2012

        Im using the Guerlain Terracotta bronzer! Tried it on with a really light hand and it seems to look okay! Didn’t get strange looks from others so I’m guessing it turned out fine! Thank you so much for your help! :D
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      • Paris B
        June 24, 2012

        Ahhhh I might cave and get the mosaic one. I read it’s much sheerer so I’m less likely to make mistakes :)

  17. Alene
    June 19, 2012

    i have pancake face too! and i never wear makeup now that i stopped working, but my masters just ended so it may be time for some learning to bronze! i do want a contoured face =(

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Won’t take you long to pick it up I’m sure! Congrats on completing your Masters, you brainy one ;)

  18. gio
    June 19, 2012

    Great post! You explained everything so clearly and the illustrations are very helpful. I use bronzers to contour my face on special occasions. I don’t have a favourite bronzer though. At the moment I’m using mainly Sleek Makeup Blush in Suede as bronzer. It is matte and looks very natural on pale skin.
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Thank you Gio, glad the drawings were useful! I didn’t think of using Suede! I wonder if I still have it or if I’ve given it away lol!

  19. Vonvon
    June 19, 2012

    I wasn’t into bronzers before but when I saw the results of contouring on my face a few years back, I am sold. I dont usually go all out to contour my face, but for day to day, I apply a bit under my cheekbones to give the ‘slimmer face’ look. And I actually use theBalm Bahama Mama.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Ah theBalm is popular and it looks pretty too! I was afraid it’s too brown though. I’m terrified of brown powders I guess :P

  20. Shay
    June 19, 2012

    I like doing the shading under my jaws. Actually, slightly above, from under my ear lobes (my ears are quite long) slanting down to my chin. Gives me the illusion of a slimmer, shaper face. Normally matte ones work better.

    I see Canmake chocolate contour powder at Watsons in Sg. They are matte ones which would do the shading beautifully.

    I am using one from The Balm purchased from Sasa in Sg.

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      I’m going to have to do the slimmer jaw thing. Maybe it’ll make me think I’ve lost weight lol! I remember seeing the theBalm bronzer. Will have to check it out again.

      • Shay
        June 23, 2012

        Yes, definitely! Some colleagues commented about how my face looks slimmer immediately when I started doing this. At the same time, I started going to the gym to workout and using the Clarins V contour serum thing. :D

        I guess that helps me to fake it till I make it.

  21. Tine
    June 20, 2012

    I’m terrible at using bronzers to contour my face. Lack of skill and I was probably using a crap one to begin with. Thanks for the tips though. I have to give this a go again, ‘cos my face is growing and I need makeup to bluff :P
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      With bronzers, I do think a good quality one makes a difference because you can’t afford for it to look patchy, dark or brown :P hope these help!

  22. Two Chicks
    June 20, 2012

    Great tutorial on where to apply bronzer! Love the visual guides. We love bronzer and always recommend using it for our signature \’5 minute face.\’ Guerlain bronzer is fantastic…I guess its been a favourite forever for a reason. We actually prefer the mosaic bronzers from Guerlain (they come in \’blonde\’ and \’brunette\’) and give a much more natural glow.
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks for the Guerlain bronzer rec! I have been looking at the Mosaic bronzers because they look pretty and I thought the light shades could work to offset the darker shades. Will take a second look!

  23. Esther
    June 20, 2012

    Thanks for this post Paris! I recently bought the Guerlain X Pucci blush/ bronzer as I think it is so pretty but honestly I don’t have the slightest clue on how to use the bronzer so I just swirled everything together, lol. Now I can make the best use out of the bronzer :)

    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Ahhh I have been debating over the Guerlain Terra Azzurra blush/bronzer forever. I hope it sells out so I don’t have to think anymore lol! Hope you’re enjoying it more now that you have an idea how to use it. The blush side is so pretty!

  24. Stacey
    June 20, 2012

    i am quite a newbie to bronzing actually. because i am on a quest to look fairer to putting some brown on my face doesn’t seem fitting. my first & crappy bronzer was from elf (cos i wasn’t sure if i like a bronzed look) so i bought a cheapo one. when i applied with it with a brush, i really looked like i fell onto a sandpit.

    haha but seeing the beautiful bronzers from chanel and burberry makes me feel like hopping on the bronzing bandwagon and getting one. maybe i will take out the bronzer and give it another try.
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      I’m pretty much like you, preferring to be fair than tanned. But having worked with some better bronzers (and I think this year’s Summer collections are awesome for bronzers!) I’m learning that it’s possible to use a bronzer without having to look tan. In fact it can actually accentuate your fairness if you pair it with a highlighter ;)

  25. S.
    June 20, 2012

    I’ve applied these tips this morning and..I look good!
    Maybe I shouldn’t be the one I saying it but I can’t help smiling when I see my face in the mirror, I like this effect!
    Thanks for sharing Paris!
    Do you have any tips for eyeliner application as well? xx
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    • Paris B
      June 22, 2012

      Yay!!! I’m so so happy these tips worked for you and that you are seeing a positive result! I have tried it a few times and I still need more practice but the effects are definitely impressive. I’ll be sure to remember to ask the next makeup artist I meet for their eye lining secrets and share it then ;)

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