Bronzer is your shortcut to a healthy, have-you-been-on-holiday glow in just a few swipes. Application is key though, and you’ll need one of the best bronzer brushes to avoid a muddy or tangoed finish.
Not sure what kind of brush to use for your bronzer? The answer will be slightly different depending on who you speak to. Some makeup artists recommend a tapered angled brush when asked how to apply bronzer, while others prefer a domed one that could be used as the same brush for bronzer and blush. Fluffy kabuki brushes are a popular choice too, and work best for bronzer vs contour.
Ultimately, it comes down to the texture of bronzer you’re using (the best cream bronzer brush will vary from the best powder one) and the kind of look you’re hoping to create. This brings us neatly to the questions of where to apply bronzer and where should bronzer go on the face. Ideally, bronzer should be kept to the so-called ‘high points’ where the sun naturally hits. That’s your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones and your chin. Being this precise with your bronzer placement will take a little more consideration than smooshing it all over, but the payoff will be far more convincing.
1. POWDER BRUSH BB101
A lot of thought has gone into the bristles on this sleek bronzer brush. Not only are they synthetic, but they’re also infused with anti-bacterial properties and crafted to exactly the right length to ensure they distribute the perfect amount of bronzer onto your complexion. Impressive, eh?
5. HD CONTOUR BRUSH
Bronzer can be used for contouring but requires a slightly different approach as you’re using the product in the hollows of your face to create the illusion of shadows rather than a sun-kissed glow. The Brushworks HD Contour Brush is the ideal shape for carving out your cheekbones and jawline.
6. CREATE YOUR LOOK RETRACTABLE KABUKI BRUSH
Good brushes don’t need to break the bank, and this one is very affordable at just £6. The retractable shape isn’t just handy for travel but also allows you to control how sparse the bristles are – keep them more tightly packed for cream formulas and more spaced out for powder.
13. DRIPPING GOLD LARGE KABUKI BRUSH
If you want a bronzer brush that will work on your body for a spot of tantouring (that’s contouring with tan) too, then Sosu Cosmetics Dripping Gold Large Kabuki Brush is just the ticket. The densely packed bristles are great for really working bronzer or fake tan into your skin for a flawless finish.
14. VEGAN BRUSHES 105 BRONZER BRUSH
The cruelty-free beauty movement has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, and now most makeup brushes available are vegan – but we still like to see brands shouting out their eco-credentials. The synthetic hairs on this super-sized bronzer brush by Lethal Cosmetics are extra soft too.
15. PRECISION DUO CONTOUR BRUSH
If you really want to get into the detail then this brush is the perfect tool for you. The fluffier end is great for buffing bronzer onto your forehead, cheeks and chin while the clever ‘U’ shaped brush has been carefully designed to contour and sculpt the sides of your nose.