How to Apply Bronzer to Zhoosh Up Your Winter Skin


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If there is one makeup product that practically screams Summer!, it has to be bronzer. But this warm weather beauty staple works wonders on winter skin too. Learn how to apply bronzer to keep your glow rolling straight through the chilly season.

If you are thinking bronzer seems all wrong this time of year, think again. Used the right way, it can warm up pasty, lackluster skin in an instant. Forget the orange-y gleam. We are talking natural radiance, here. Think managed to catch some sun over lunch, not got sizzled on the skin slopes.

The best way to get your glow on is with an all natural bronzer. Conventional bronzing products use artificial colorants to achieve the desired color, some of which are made from petroleum, which has been linked to cancer. Of course, they are also made with an array of other nasty cosmetic ingredients, like synthetic preservatives and harsh emollients. Talc is often used in these products as well, which can be contaminated with carcinogenic ingredients and GMOs.

Nontoxic bronzers are free from talc, parabens, and other chemicals. These safe products get their golden hue from natural minerals, and fruit and vegetable pigments. The result is subtler color with the added bonus of a better for you and your skin product. And you have options. Natural bronzers come in powder, liquid, and cream. Or try your hand at DIY with a simple, and safe, bronzer recipe.

Now for the fun part. Adding some warmth back to that pale wintery complexion. When you think bronzer, you most likely envision using it in place of blush a la summertime beauty. Did you know that bronzer isn’t just for cheeks? This multi-tasker can do so much more.

How to Apply Bronzer for Winter + Our Product Picks

100 Percent Pure Bronzer

Face It // Powder bronzers are convenient, but a liquid or cream adds more realistic color in dry skin months. Try a few drops of 100% Pure All Over Glow in Lightly Sunkissed mixed into your foundation for natural looking insta-glow.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

See Your Shadow // ‘Tis the season of the red lip. And nothing goes with the look better than a natural eye. Try applying cult favorite RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer to lids for a super natch, yet totally put together, look.

W3LL People Bio Bronzer

Flaunt It // Covering discoloration close to lash line with concealer can look very unnatural. Try smudging W3LL People Bio Bronzer along upper and lower lash lines. This reflects light, replacing darkness with intensity.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer

Lip Off // Don your favorite colorless gloss or balm, then add a swipe of Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer on top for a nude lip only better. We promise you will love.

Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush in Spark

Natural Flush // Of course, bronzer works in its old standby role as blusher too. Top with a peachy cream blush, like Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush in Spark, for just-came-in-from-the-cold perfection.

Stop lamenting your skin’s wintertime slump. Pull that bronzer back out and put it to work. You won’t believe how it breathes life back into a pale complexion.

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is an organic beauty expert who has been researching and writing on the subjects of natural beauty, health, and wellness for over 10 years. She specializes in sharing safe beauty products and her knowledge on healthy ingredients with her readers, and helping organic beauty brands and shop owners share their message and products with the world through her writing services.