The Right Way to Apply Bronzer for Your Wedding

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Good bronzer gives your skin a gorgeous warmth in seconds. But bad bronzer can look cheesy and dated. (Not exactly the look you want on your wedding day, right?) We asked makeup artist Francesca Roman to share the best way to get your bridal glow on.

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1. Don't go too dark.
The biggest mistake women make? Choosing a shade that's too deep for their skin tone. Choose a bronzer that's just a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, and then control the color by how much you apply. Three good bets: Roman loves Chanel Soleil de Tan ($48, available at Chanel) for fair skin and Kevin Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Nights ($48, available at Sephora) for dark-skinned brides. For women with medium complexions, try Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($39, available at Sephora).

2. Choose the right tool.
Small, tight bristles can deposit too much color (translation: blotchy mess ahead!). Play it safe by choosing a big, fluffy brush — that will give the most natural-looking results. Try BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush ($28, available at Sephora).

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3. Stick to the perimeter.
For the most natural-looking application, resist the urge to cover every inch of your face with bronzer. Instead, focus on your temples, cheekbones, and jaw line, then very lightly dust just a hint across your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your chin.

4. Sparkle strategically.
Powder bronzers with just a hint of shimmer can be really pretty — especially at outdoor weddings where they'll catch the light. Just steer clear of super glittery formulas, which can look juvenile. Also, be sure to study the photos from your trial to make sure the shiny stuff doesn't cause any weird glares. The idea is to add a hint of sheen — not a ton of sparkle.

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