HOW TO: Blush & Bronze for Beginners

by Kayla Reusche on May 06, 2020

Blush & bronze are beauty bag essentials. Whether you’re going full glam or keeping things minimal, blush & bronze are two products you should never skip out on. With just a few minutes of work, they can instantly transform your look by adding definition & accentuating your best features.

But what’s the difference between the two? What color is best for you & how do you choose which type of blush you should use? We break it all down for you right here on the Pretty Blog.

Bronze vs. Blush: What’s the Difference?

While bronze & blush may seem similar, they have very different purposes. Typically brown in color, bronze is meant to accentuate & define your features while giving you a gorgeous sun-kissed glow.

Blush will give your cheeks a flush of color & come in several different shades like peaches, pinks, mauves & even oranges. Blush is meant to bring some life back into your face & helps create a super fresh & natural look.

You don’t always have to wear both, or either, for that matter. You can pick & choose which method to use based on the look you’re trying to achieve, but we personally love using both every day. Even if you’re not wearing foundation, blush & bronze totally complete any look!

Universal Tips

Even though blush & bronze are very different, there are a few tips to keep in mind when applying them both.

Take your time working the product into your brush. By taking the time to really blend the product into your brush before applying to your face, you are eliminating the amount of blending you’ll have to do on your face, which means less tugging on your skin. This will also help the product apply more flawlessly.

Less is more. Always start with less product than you think you’ll need. Because we don’t use any fillers, our products are extremely pigmented. It’s much easier to add more than to take away.

However, if you do find that you used too much product, you can simply use our Organic Aloe Setting Silk to blend it out. This powder acts as a buffer, erasing mistakes in application.

Start wherever you want the most pigment. Always start applying the product where you want the most coverage or pigment. Your brush will naturally hold the most product before you start applying.

BONUS TIP: We love using the same products we used on our cheeks on our eyes, too. Because our pigments are nontoxic, they are all safe for your entire face - eyes & lips included! Using the same shade on your cheeks & eyes really ties the look together.


Forms of Blush

We have two bronze formulas: pressed & loose. The main difference between the two is just the physical form. They both have great pigmentation & performance, but it really just comes down to your preference. Our pressed pigments can be stored in our magnetic Pretty Forever Palette, & our loose pigments are now offered in glass Pretty Forever Jars & ECO Refills.

Choosing the Right Shade

Honestly, when it comes to picking a bronze, you can’t really go wrong! There are shades that can enhance your skin tone, but you can make just about any shade work as they all naturally add warmth. If you’re struggling with what shade to pick, we suggest our Original Bronze to everyone as it truly looks good on all skin tones! 

How to Apply Bronze

Applying bronze isn’t as scary as it may seem. Contouring is a whole different topic, but to bronze the skin, think of it more like applying blush, rather than contouring. Start at your cheekbones & blend in circular motions, dragging the product up toward your ear. For added definition & to enhance the structure of your face, bring the product down to your jawline & up around your forehead. Our #64 Fluffy Kabuki Brush is the perfect tool to apply bronze.

For a more in-depth guide on how to apply bronze, click here.


Forms of Blush

Just like our bronzes, we have both pressed & loose versions of our mineral blushes & your choice comes down to preference. But unique to our blush collection is our newest obsession - Pretty Paint!

Pretty Paint is a cream blush + lip, designed to give you a dewy glow. Packed with incredible nourishing ingredients, our Pretty Paints aid in hydration & care for your skin as you wear them. If you have fine lines or large pores, you may prefer our Pretty Paints as they sit on top of the skin nicely without emphasizing texture.

Choosing the Right Shade

Similar to bronze, you can really pull off any color you choose. Of course there are shades that compliment your skin tone, but if you are drawn to a shade, go for it! A good rule of thumb is to think about the color of clothing you typically wear. Do you love the way soft pink & mauve shirts look on you? Then you’re probably going to love soft pink & mauve blushes, too.

How to Apply Blush

Smile! Start at the apples of your cheeks & blend back to your hairline, right above your ears. Blending upward will give the appearance of lifting your face, which is an especially great technique for those with aging skin! Keep blending for your desired finish.

To apply Pretty Paint, be sure to use tapping or stippling motions rather than blending. Because it’s a cream product, dragging it across your skin can disrupt your foundation & other products underneath. Use your fingers, a brush or Pretty Blender for quick & easy application.

Blushing Bronze

Surprise! Our blushing bronze is the perfect mix of our blush & bronze pigments. Blushing bronzes are great for minimal makeup girls, as they are super versatile! Use a fluffy brush with a light hand to bring out the blush tones, or blend it out with a dense brush for a bronzier look. The more you blend, the bronzier it becomes!

If we haven’t convinced you that blush & bronze are total game-changers yet, then I don’t know what will! Shoot us a text at 877-773-8890 or email at hello@rootpretty.com for help with color suggestions.

by Saimah on July 02, 2020

I love that there’s a 2-in-1 blushing bronze, great for a quick glow while rushing to work!

by Lacy on May 20, 2020

Loved all the Root blush colors I’ve tried so far and looking forward to trying the bronzers! Great post!

by Jennifer Grand on May 12, 2020

Thank you so much for this information! It cleared up alot of questions that I had!


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