Celebrity Makeup Artist Kathy Jeung has been in the business for over twenty years and has spanned her self-taught workmanship into the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries. Through her iconic experimentation with color and fondness for collaboration, she has garnered relationships with pop sensations Gwen Stefani and Pink as well as renowned photographers Rankin, Mark Seliger and Francesco Carrozzini. Recently, Kathy brilliantly transformed British Songstress Rita Ora into a late night femme fatale in the September issue of Vogue Italia. Today, Kathy tells us how to use her favorite bronzing products and highlighters to maintain the perfect bronze all year long — illustrated below on Rita.
What are the most common mistakes a woman can make when it comes to choosing and applying a bronzer?
– not blending
– using shades too dark or orangey
– wrong placement
– overdoing it
With application, a light, incremental hand is always best. Layering product is always better than too much in one go. It also helps with staying power. Blend well so there aren’t any hard edges. The goal is to not easily see where product begins and ends. That’s why I’m so excited by PÜR Cosmetic’s new bronzing products, especially Glow Together Gradient Matte-Shimmer Bronzer and Moonlight Glow Strobe/Highlight Palette. They make it easy “ almost foolproof “ to apply a beautiful bronzed glow and highlight to your makeup look.
Explain cream vs. powder bronzer formulas – which do you prefer? When would someone use one vs. the other? What are the best tips for applying each type?
Use powder for a more subdued bronze look. It has better staying power. For a moist, dewy look, use cream bronzer. It’s better for dry skin. I like to use both: powder first, applying with a full, rounded, wedge-shaped brush like Kryolan Premium 35mm Powder Brush, then following it with a cream bronzer applied with a makeup sponge or a dual fiber stippling brush like Sephora Collection Pro Stippling Brush #44. This 2-step application gives the cream something to grab onto. It also optically adds more dimension.
Do you prefer a matte bronzer or shimmer? Does one work better for a specific look than others?
For me, I like to use a matte bronzer to sculpt the face contours. Apply bronzer to the hollow of cheeks, jawline, and under chin. Shimmer bronzers add more shine to the skin and give a soft-focus bronzed look to an area. To accentuate parts of the face that should come forward like tops of cheeks and, for some faces use a lighter shade of highlighting shimmer bronzer along the length of the nose. Adding more shine and shimmer works best for evening looks. Avoid products with obvious glitter during the day. Sheen for day. Sparkle for night.
How can a woman choose the best bronzer for her skin tone? Any rules to follow?
In choosing bronzers for women with light to medium complexions, I prefer to use cool to warm-toned bronzers and only use warmer or orangey bronzers for darker skin tones. For all skin tones, use a bronzer not too many shades darker than skin color.
How can you use bronzer on other areas of your body?
Bronzer is also effective to enhance contours on the body. Use it in hollow of collarbone and between breasts. If your midriff is showing, you can apply it under the hip bone and along the length of your solar plexus.
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