Woman Applying BronzerThe goal is to look bronzed, not muddy. In theory, bronzers are a great invention. They’re perfect if you’re looking to add some color to your pale complexion, but don’t want to try fake tan and end up looking like an orange Oompa Loompa. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can just wash bronzer off. Unfortunately, bronzing mishaps can be a common occurrence. Too much product, or a dab in the wrong spot, and you can wind up looking like you rolled around in the dirt–which is no better than being stained pumpkin orange from self tan. Luckily, with a few easy tips, you’ll be able to master bronzer and fake a sun-kissed glow all year long.

Tap off that bronzing brush, and take a look at these hacks on how to apply bronzer correctly:

1. Easy Application

Model on blue background.Before you can go all fancy with contouring, start simple, and just focus on your cheeks.

2.  Where To Apply Bronzer

Where To Apply BronzerThis is a great infographic for where to apply bronzer to your entire face–and neck. Who else has completely forgotten their neck? Oops.

3. Pick The Right Brush

Pick The Right BrushSelecting the right makeup brush, is crucial for a flawless application. Hint: The one the bronzer came with is NOT the right one.

4. How To Apply Bronzer

How To Apply BronzerThis is how you sweep on your bronzing powder using your correct brush.

5. Bronzer For Different Face Shapes

Bronzer For Different Face ShapesHave you ever considered your face shape when applying bronzer? Apparently you should. Unless you have an oval face, in which case I guess you don’t need bronzer at all.

6. Blush vs. Bronzer

Blush vs. BronzerA rookie mistake is thinking you apply bronzer to the same spots you would wear your blush. Don’t fall for it.

7. Mixing Bronzer Finishes

Mixing Bronzer FinishesChoosing the right texture is as important as choosing the right shade. Then you have to make sure you apply it in the right spot. Don’t forget about your collarbones too.

8. Bronzer Contouring

Bronzer ContouringHere’s contouring 101. Start off with mastering one feature and remember to blend, blend, blend.

9. Blush, Bronzer And Highlight  

Blush, Bronzer And HighlightYou know that blush and bronzer don’t go in the same spots, so here’s how to wear them together–with highlighter.

10. Use It As An Eyeshadow

Use It As An EyeshadowWho doesn’t love a money-saving idea? Plus, a bronzer might be the best brown eyeshadow for the no makeup look.

11. Easy Glow

Easy GlowIf you’re terrified of self tanners for your face, this is a commitment-free option. And if it looks terrible, you can just wash it off.

12. How To Fix A Broken Bronzer

How To Fix A Broken BronzerYou’ll never have to throw out that bronzer you smashed on the floor again. Here’s how to repair it.

13. Contouring

ContourYou’ve mastered the basics, now it’s time to use liquid bronzer and highlighter to contour. Start chiselling those cheekbones.

14. Kim Kardashian Contour

Kim Kardashian ContourIf there’s one thing I want of Kim Kardashian’ss, other than her billions, it’s how to get her contoured complexion. Now I know the secret, to her perfect complexion at least.

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