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Whether it's the heat of summer or the middle of frigid winter, everyone wants to have a natural glow. Bronzer and blush are the easiest means of making that faux glow a reality -- but all too often the result is more "Jersey Shore" than "just back from a week in the Caribbean." To get a natural glow from bronzer and blush, it's all about where you apply it.
Lay a Bronzer Base
When your brush is loaded with product, don't start at the apple of your cheek. Instead, start back toward your ear and, using circular motions, add bronzer downward and around the jawline. Buff from your jaw down to your throat to be sure you don't have an obvious line between face and neck. Continue adding bronzer all along the perimeter of your face.
Get Your Glow On
Once you've laid your foundation of bronzer, you can add bronzer to the cheeks, moving from the outside inward. Also add a light dusting across the forehead, down your nose and across your chin -- everywhere the sun naturally hits when you get a tan.
Top It Off With Blush
To really pull off a bronzed look, it's important to add blush. Apply the blush in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks. Also add just a touch of pink over your eyebrows and on the tip on the nose -- places that might burn first in the sun. When wearing blush and bronzer, don't choose a peach blush; it adds too much orange to your already bronzed face and looks fake. Stick with pink tones.
Or Go With Blush Only
Sometimes you already have a glowing tan or you simply don't have the time or patience to pile on bronzer and blush -- which is when it's easiest to simply rely on blush. Smile at yourself in the mirror, so you can see where to apply the brush. Dust the blush just outside the fattest part of the cheeks -- not directly next to the nose or under the eyes. Start with only a small amount of blush on your brush and build up the application with multiple layers rather than one overly thick application.