How To Apply Bronzer For Pale Skin December 6, 2016

Corpse. How many of you have looked into the mirror and felt like one? I am pretty sure you’re not stepping out of the house to go audition for Tim Burton’s next film on purpose. This is a common complaint that everyone with pale skin has.

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Thankfully, there’s a way to show up at work and not get asked if you’re sick. One word – bronzer. If you aren’t already familiar with this product, now is the time to do so. This may be your savior and best friend on those one off bad days (I know you don’t look like a dead person all the time, okay? You’re gorgeous, don’t fret too much). A bronzer’s job is to warm your skin and give you a sun-kissed look. It will benefit all you pale beauties out there, but it can also come back to bite you. To make sure that you don’t get bitten (then you’ll really look like you’re auditioning for Tim Burton’s next film), I’m going to give you a quick run down.

Products And Tools Required For Bronzing



The type of brush that you use for bronzing is quite important. Using the wrong brush can make you look either extremely cakey, or like you’ve gone swimming in an orange lagoon. Neither of which are favorable end results. Check out our recommended bronzing brushes!

  1. Real Techniques Retractable Brush: This is a great brush by Real Techniques. The best part is, it’s travel-friendly.
  2. E.L.F. Cosmetics Bronzing Brush: This brush is probably one of the best brushes to buy without needing to shell out too much cash.


A bronzer is a product that has been created to give you a warm, sun-kissed look when applied. What most people will tell you is to buy a foundation that is one shade darker than you to give you a tan look. Do NOT listen to them, and I can’t stress this point enough. Doing so will make you resemble a certain citrus fruit that Tropicana and Minute Maid love! Always get a foundation to match with your neck, chest, and the rest of your body and then, you can use a bronzer to warm up your skin. This definitely looks more natural than smearing your face with the wrong foundation shade.

How To Apply Bronzer To Pale Skin

1. Lay Down The Foundation

Okay, I mean this literally. Start off by applying foundation and concealer in order to create your base.

2. Brush To Product

Pick up some product with your bronzing brush and slightly tap it, so that there is no excess fallout.

3. The Big ‘3’

When using a bronzer, it is important to keep the places where you are bronzing in mind. You don’t want to bronze your entire face and look like you’ve rolled around in dirt. The point of a bronzer is to bronze the areas where the sunlight would hit.

An easy way to remember the safe bronzing zones is to think of the ‘3 motion’ method. Draw out an imaginary ‘3’ on the sides of your face, starting from the temples, into the hollows of your cheeks, and leading into your jawline.

4. A Little Extra Something

You can also dust some onto the top of your forehead if you feel like you need it. Remember to use a light hand and don’t pick up too much product. Using little product makes it look more natural.

Now that you’ve got that part down, let’s take a look at some of the best bronzers that go well with pale skin.

Top 5 Bronzers For Pale Skin

1. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder In The Shade Golden Light

Bobbi Brown is a renown brand in the world of makeup. This is a lightweight bronzer that gives you a natural-looking matte finish. Achieve that sun-kissed look you’ve been craving every season!

  • Suitable for oily skin.
  • Can be used throughout the year.

2. Liz Earle Radiant Glow Bronzer

This product comes with multiple brown tones with a slight shimmer, which makes you look radiant. It has a buildable texture that is lightweight. The four colors, when swirled together onto a brush will give the perfect amount of warmth to your skin.

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Perfect for summer.

3. Makeup Forever Pro Bronze Fusion In The Shade Natural Matte Honey

Makeup that doesn’t look like makeup is the best kind to exist in the market. That’s what the Pro Bronze Fusion by Makeup Forever claims to be. This product blends into your skin extremely well and you begin to wonder if you’re even wearing any makeup! This is definitely the best bronzer for pale skin to go with.

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • A good choice for winter.

4. Revlon Highlighting Palette In The Shade Bronze Glow

This is definitely the one to pack when you’re going on a sunny holiday. Containing micro-shimmer, this product by Revlon can be used as a blush, highlighter, and bronzer.

  • Suitable for normal skin.
  • Perfect for summer.

5. Hoola By Benefit

This is a great option for those of you who are looking for something matte. It is extremely easy to blend and a little product goes a long way, since it is highly pigmented. Love contouring? This also works amazingly well for carving out those cheek bones.

  • Suitable for oily skin.
  • Can be used throughout the year.


  • Use a little product at a time, and build it up, if you need to.
  • Pay attention to the color you buy. If there are lighter shades of bronzers, you are better off buying them as they will probably suit your complexion better.
  • Remember to follow the ‘3’ motion in order to determine where to bronze.
  • Use subtle colors during the winter. Keep the warmer bronzers for the summer to achieve a sun-kissed look.

With these, you will never end up looking like an apricot after using the bronzer. No more playing dead. Bronzing perfectly can make you look like a goddess!

Do you have any unfortunate stories about bronzers to share? Any good products you would recommend? Do comment below!

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