Tips and Tricks for Bronzer Application

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The Muse is busy exploring the world of bronzers this year and she still has reservations about it, especially dank, matte ones, but she’s found a few tips and tricks that work at making bronzer (even the matte ones) rather flattering and pretty on her face!

Jump ahead for a few tips for making your boring, blah bronzer POP and SIZZLE for Summer!

Try pairing a matte bronzer with cheek stain!

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Application Tip:
Apply a dab of cheek stain on your cheeks and wait for it to dry. After dust on a bit of bronzer for a subtle sunkissed glow!

What the Muse says:
I absolutely love breaking bronzer up with a pinch of pink or red. Try using Benefit Posietint or Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo.

Matte bronzer is a tad boring for me but you can spice it up a bit by using a deeper pigmented powder blush on top.

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Application Tip:
Buff your matte bronzer on, smile, locate the apples of your cheeks, brush on a light dusting of your favorite pigmented blush!

What the Muse says:
The final effect is a pretty sunny bronzed look! I love breaking up my matte bronzer with a touch of color as it looks more natural and pretty this way rather than a blah brown shade on my cheeks I can get a nice bronze finish with hints of pink or peach by using a richer blush color. Try it with MAC Mineralized Blushes as they are richly pigmented with plenty of pop!

A majority of bronzers are matte but shimmery ones are becoming more and more common. I actually prefer them with a heavy dose of shimmer as it breaks up all that heinous muddy brown! Try pairing your matte bronzers with a bit of shimmer to create a pretty glow on cheeks.

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Application Tip:
Buff bronzer onto cheeks and apply a fine application of gold or pink shimmer!

What the Muse says:
Not many people like glittery, shimmery finishes but I happen to adore them. That’s how I like my makeup. It’s not for everyone but I do think that a tiny bit of shimmer breaks up a matte bronzer beautifully.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer on it’s own is beautiful but also pairing it up with a cream blush is really a pretty effect. It adheres to skin better and gives a gorgeous flushed, sunny look!

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Application Tip:
Apply a cream blush to cheeks, I suggest trying out Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, after brush on Urban Decay Baked Bronzer or the shimmery bronzer of your choice.

What the Muse Says:
I love the flush of pink contrasted with the deeper brush of golden shimmer that this gives to my cheeks. It’s as if my face was touched by the sun!

Using a fan brush or a skunk brush to apply bronzer is always great for a lighter, more subtle application. It’s easy to go overboard with bronzer during application and using these lighter, less dense brushes allows for a sheer layer of bronzer on your face!

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Application Tip: Swirl your fan or skunk brush in your bronzer and sweep onto face and cheeks for a light application. Build up color as needed. Since the brushes only capture the smallest amount of powder you can build up color easily without over doing it!

What the Muse Says:
A skunk brush isn’t really meant for bronzers but I like using it to buff a bit of color on my cheeks. It works beautifully with shimmery bronzers in particular.

Bronzers are scary. I should know I’m deadly scared of ‘em! They just all look so terribly muddy. If you’re a bit fair of skin or just don’t find the typical brown bronze appealing try out a pink one!

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Tip:
Pink bronzers have just the right contrast to give cheeks and face a touch of the sun while avoiding muddy brown shades. Try out Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Maui or Antigua.

What the Muse Says:
Nothing says bronzer like pink for me. Yes, you can look equally sunny with a hint of bronzy pink for cheeks and face! It doesn’t always have to be about brown!

As the economy continues to keep us awake at night maybe bronzers are the furthest thing from your mind. If you happen to have a MAC MSF stashed away somewhere you can recycle it as a killer a bronzer for cheeks!

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Application Tip:
Try buffing some MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in a golden shade (I suggest Shimpagne) onto cheeks. Spice it up by applying Stila Convertible Color underneath and a splash of your MSF on top for a sparkling, sunny look!

What the Muse Says:
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish are ideal as a bronzer since many are golden or bronze in color and have that pretty bronze look to them. Since many of us already have these in our stash you don’t have to spill out cash for a new bronzer, simply use what you already have!

When all else fails and you’re simply a bronzer dummy (like me!) you can turn to some great liquid bronzers to make application a breeze!

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Tip: Liquid and cream bronzers are easy to smooth onto cheeks and create just a great a glow as powder. They also wear quite long too!

What the Muse Says:
Liquid bronzers are easier for me to apply as it’s a simple dab and blend technique. I love Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer for this reason. DuWop SunDrops are on my list for this reason! Ahh simple, blissfully easy bronzing at it’s best! I’m testing our Josie Maran Argan Bronzing Oil too at the moment, LOVE!

The Muse is no expert when it comes to bronzers but hopefully some of these tips and tricks help you to get the most of your bronzing experience. Breaking up bronzers and using different techniques for application and of course experimenting with other shades, colors, and products make the normal ho-drum bronzer into a new adventure!

Tell me some of your tips for the best bronzer application!

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Bare Escentuals 20% Off Coupon Code 2009

Enjoy 20% Off your total Bare Escentuals order using code SHARE at store.bareescentuals.com or print this coupon and head in store to snag the deal! This starts tomorrow and ends on the June 21st.

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I’m a plotting my order already!

Might I suggest the Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit?

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Top Pick For Super, Glossy Summer Lips: Clarins Instant Sun Light Lip Balm Review and Swatches

Clarins Instant Sun Light Collection continues to hold much of my attention this Summer. Shrug, even though it rains everyday I can still get my Summer on with good lip balm which is why I’m all about Clarins Instant Sun Light Lip Balm. Far be it from me to argue with Clarins but this is so much more than a mere lip balm. Lip Balm doesn’t quite sum these up so I’ll rechristen them lip glosses thanks so much!


Click ahead to hear the rave!

Clarins Instant Sun Light Lip Balm is a nourishing lip treatment with color and an SPF of 6. The balms are available in two shades for $20 USD each. Personally as I mentioned above I see these as more of a gloss than a balm. They have a nice slick formula with a glossy finish minus stickiness. They wear quite long as well which is surprising as most glosses that do not have a fair bit of tackiness fail to stick around long on my lips but these manage to stay on nearly half way through the day without slipping and sliding off. Although the formula is lovely enough I think for the most part I’m quite in love with the two shades available.


Sunset Bronze is a delightful shimmering cocktail of brown and gold and Sunset Coral is a sweet pop of coral minus shimmer. Sunset Bronze is ideal for pairing up with a bronze look and has enough glitz to make lips look glossy, full, and sparkly. Sunset Coral is pretty much a matte liquid paint minus shimmer or sparkle of any kind but this doesn’t take away from it’s appeal as the shade is quite a nice pop of coral that goes well with fresh, peachy cheeks (might the Muse suggest pairing it up with Super Orgasm).





Note: I’m wearing Gold Rush on my eyes from my earlier review of the new Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Shadows.

Clarins Instant Sun Light Lip Balm is well worth checking out and Muse Approved for purchase. Loving these and most definitely a top pick for super, glossy Summer lips this season!

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Likey!

Available now from Clarins.

Anyone try yet?

Want to?

Tell the Muse!

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Product Musings: MAC Style Warriors Soft Force and Tempting Eye Shadow Swatches

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Hopefully by now everyone got their MAC Style Warrior groove on! The collection had some tempting offerings and even though I didn’t haul big I still came out blessed with quite a few items that should get me through Summer and well into Fall. That’s one great thing about MAC Summer, it normally ends up that the colors are so warm that I feel quite content and happy using them into Fall. Such is the case with Style Warrior Shadows Soft Force and Tempting!


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Pretty difficult to resist the allure of beautiful shades like these. Tempting is a beautiful rich brown and Soft Force frosty white gold. Perhaps Soft Force isn’t anything particular to write home about but I think it’s pretty special when combined with Tempting for a deep smoky eye look that’s quite gorgeous. Both shades aren’t entirely Summer friendly in my opinion but they definitely have a strong appeal for when the cooler weather sets in plus I do so admit that each does possibly look good with a bit of bronzer.


Either way I highly recommend nabbing Soft Force and Tempting before they are gone for good. I was quite surprised (and delighted) that although the economy lays low, MAC is still going well as many Style Warrior displays I’ve seen are pretty much empty. You can see me wearing both shades in an FOTD here.


Anyone haul these?

Loving on ‘em?

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Sizzling Summer Cheeks: Pop Beauty Blush Cake

The Muse knows not everyone is up for outrageous color in their lives but I’m all about it. Which is why I’m lovin’ all over Pop Blush Cake for sizzling, Summer cheeks! Loves it!

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Peep at ‘em after the jump. They are my new must have Summer blush.

I got two of these recently from Sephora (‘ello clearance time!) in Pretty In Pink and Warm In Sienna. The blushes are housed in a cute little tiny and contain strips of popping variations of color. Warm In Sienna contains beautiful peaches, corals, and beige where as Pretty In Pink contains sheer pinks, louder berries, and a fair bit of shimmer.

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Both blushes are absolutely stunning and I’m truly adoring them at the moment. Sadly, most Sephora’s have sold out of these but you can head to Pop Beauty as they are available in both shades for $18 each.

Warm In Sienna is recommended for darker skin tones and Pretty In Pink is for medium skin tones. Honestly, either should work with any skin tone with a lighter or heavier hand (depending how you like to apply). They are incredibly pigmented and silky smooth! Loves ‘em!

Well worth adding them to your Summer makeup collection if you’re a fan of popping shades of blush! So worthy of a Muse Approval!

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