One of those things that are surprisingly difficult to get right – you’d think I knew the colour of my face by now (yes, I’m one of those people who check themselves out in every reflective surface available). We know that warm shades are okay for bronzer and we should choose cooler tones for contour, but sometimes we buy the wrong colour by mistake. It just happens. It’s a tough game – one shade that supposedly works for someone who happens to be a MAC NC40 may not look good on another NC40. Instead of tossing your hard-earned money, here’s what you can do to make that orange work for you.
Use it as an eyeshadow.
That warm burnt orange look with coppery/gold tones is all the rage right now. I can see why – it’s stunning on all sorts of skin tones and it’s one of the more failproof eyeshadow colour spectrums out there. Personally, I’ve been a little obsessed with it myself – VERY excited to do a look/tutorial based on the Makeup Revolution Chocolate Orange palette (yes I know fall is long gone, I’m late as usual). Funny story – I got a bronzer a while back as part of a contour kit that didn’t blend well on my face and the colour was much too red/orange for me. One day, I decided to use it as an all-over-the-lid shadow and haven’t looked back since. Now I just have a really big pan of eyeshadow that happens to be the exact warm brown matte shade I needed. Great as a transition shade, a crease defining shade, or apply liberally all over the lid and smoke it out for soft definition.
Use it as a blush.
Sometimes the “normal” blushes out there just don’t cut it. Doesn’t matter which shade of pink you try in the plethora of pinks out there, it just doesn’t quite work with the aesthetic of your face. You’re not the only one – I felt this way for a very long time until I discovered these bad boys (here’s the irony: they have a bronzer built in right next to them for maximum brush swirling ease/satisfaction). Particularly if you’re a warm-leaning gal, using bronzer as blush can do wonders for you. Don’t worry you’re on the paler side, just be light handed with it or diffuse it with some powder.
Use it as a topper for any creamy lipsticks you own in similar shades.
Once you’ve applied your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and gently dust some of said bronzer/contour powder over your lips. Carefully peel the tissue away and voila! Matte lips that won’t smear across your face at the slightest turn of the head. Dust away any extra bronzer that may have made its way beyond your lipstick lines if necessary. Just make sure the lip shade and bronzer are, you know… a similar shade. Brown lippie hues are really in right now.
Use it to practise body contouring.
This is SO much fun. If you aren’t quite sure what I mean by body contouring, here you go. Because who said contouring was only for the face and eyes? Brush some bronzer over the tops of your collarbones and along the outlines of your décolletage, and voila! Instant definition. Just FYI, I don’t do this on a daily basis and I don’t believe in faking features you don’t have but hey, if you can play with makeup on your face, why not play with it on your body? If you wear this out in public, just make sure it isn’t on a rainy day.
Go on, give that too-orange bronzer/contour powder some love. I’d love to hear how these tips worked out for you if you tried them, as well as any makeup buying mishap stories you fancy sharing! You go girl.
J’s Bronzer and Contour Picks: