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Beauty School: Bronze Beauty

 Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy. This week, makeup artist, beauty expert and former pageant gal Nicole L. Townsend teaches us how to embrace the bronze goddess glow in three, easy steps.

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“Word of mouth” is still one of the most powerful marketing tools that you could ever use, especially when it comes to choosing the right beauty products for brown skin. Specifically, people always ask me about finding the right bronzer, what all the hype is about and most importantly, how to apply it. I always tell people that even though I’ve been trying out beauty products long before my first day of kindergarten, I’ve discovered some of the best services and products based on a stellar recommendation from a trusted friend.

Still, there are a few strategies that you can use on your own to find your perfect match.

1.  Name Your Price

Drugstore brands like Cover Girl (Queen Collection) and Mizani are great “starters” for those of you who are new to the glow game. A small compact usually retails anywhere from $8 – $10 and they’ll last you for a few months so you really get your money’s worth. For my beauty pros, and for those of you who don’t mind spending a little more, I like NARS Bronzing Powder ($36), Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze ($32) and MAC Bronzing Powder that comes in 4 different shades for brown skin ($24). Fashion Fair Cosmetics has a Highlighter called Golden Lights that has a shimmery undertone ($17), but I would only advise that you use on your cheeks to enhance your bone structure. So now you know which beauty brands offer bronzers for your complexion, how do you choose the right one?

Credit: NARS

Credit: NARS

2.  Color Block

Always pick a shade that’s one to two shades darker than your complexion.Colors like tawny, copper, amber, or golden are the most popular tones for brown skin, and you’ll be able to see the significant difference between all of them. Keep in mind that if you pick a bronzer that’s too light, your skin will look ashy and if the bronzer is too dark, your complexion will look dull and muddy.

MAC Surf Baby SkinSheen Bronzer Stick 3

Credit: Musings of a Muse

3.  Apply Yourself

For application, use a powder or bronzing brush and dust over areas on your face where the sun naturally hits: cheekbones, hairline, chin and the tip of your nose. As with any powder, make sure you blend, blend, and blend some more for a natural finish. The last thing I’d ever want is for people to assume that I didn’t tell you how to apply it properly.

What’s the one bronzing powder that you absolutely cannot live without?