Quickie Makeup Tip: Bronzer As Eyeshadow

Bronzer’s one of those makeup items that every girl seems to own. Whether shimmery or matte, well-loved or mostly neglected, chances are you’ve got one stashed away somewhere. Being a pale girl with a built-in radiance (read – oily skin), bronzer doesn’t tend to fall on my list of holy grail products. I have one or two, sure, but it’s only in summer that they see any regular action.

That’s all about to change; however, bronzer is definitely having a moment this year, and I am all about it. Bronzed, sexy, Victoria’s Secret eyes are making a comeback for spring and bronzer is your one-stop-shop for achieving them. This past year saw matte bronzer as a go-to transition crease shade: a soft brown that added warmth to a look while making the transition between shadow and skin that much more seamless. This trick worked especially well with something like a black smokey eye, making a traditionally intense look more wearable.

For 2014, bronzer is taking over the whole lid and it couldn’t possibly be easier. Simply sweep a wash of bronzer over your entire lid with a fluffy brush (think MAC 217) and blend through the crease. That’s it. You’re left with a subtle, trendy, smokey eye in the space of maybe thirty seconds. This look works with either shimmery or matte bronzers, though matte works better for defining the crease.

The real beauty of this tip is that your bronzer is already matched to your skin tone, you’re working with a color you know suits you –  no guesswork involved. It’s a wonder it took us this long to figure out. This would be an especially great trick to keep in mind when traveling this summer – think about how much space you’ll save leaving your palettes at home.

Anyone else tried the bronzer/shadow look?


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