Makeup Minimalism: 3 Surprising Uses for your Favorite Summer Makeup Staple in the Fall


Just because you’ve traded your swim suits and flip flops for scarves and booties doesn’t mean your summer makeup bag staples have to go anywhere. While it is customary to change your makeup with the seasons, there is no need to do a complete overhaul.

When most people think of bronzer, they think of hot summer days and sunlit skin. It seems logical that when beach weather goes away, so does bronzer. But in the spirit of minimalism, I will share 3 new uses for your bronzer that can replace an assortment of products.

This information will come in handy if you are trying to save some hard earned cash by not buying a new assortment of makeup for fall, if you are trying to streamline a bulky makeup bag, or if you have a favorite bronzer and can’t wait until next summer to use it again.


Using your bronzer to contour.

Due to the flattering effect that contouring (using shade and light to define and enhance facial features) gives every facial type, it is a makeup look that works as well in the winter as it does in the summer.

The easiest way to contour is with a special Contour Palette. They can be found everywhere from CVS to Sephora and range in formulation from powder to cream to pencil. Included are usually a dark matte brown shade to create the shadows and a shimmery champagne color to draw light. Some kits also include a blush or a bronzer to add more color and dimension to the face.

However, if you have a light shimmery bronzer or a dark matte bronzer, you can do a simple contour without buying any additional products. If you have both and wish to go for a full look, by all means, go for it!


You can use the light shimmery bronzer in lieu of highlighter and gently dust some on the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones, the center of your forehead, and also the cupids bow of your lips. This will grab and reflect the light in the room making it seem as if you are lit from within. That said, go easy with this technique in the daytime and for work. A heavy hand may have you looking more disco ball than desirable.

You can use the darker matte bronzer on the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones (make a fishy face to find the hollows of your cheeks and shade them in), and along the chin and hairline. This will add depth and a little bit of shadow to the face giving a chiseled appearance.


Using your bronzer as eyeshadow.

Have you ever noticed how nude eyeshadow palettes have several shades that look exactly like tiny bronzers? A powdered bronzer can easily be used to give eyes a beautiful and natural looking glow.

If you have one bronzer, use an eyeshadow brush to apply all over the eyelid and under the lower lash line. For more dimension, wet the brush and apply dampened bronzer to the outer corners of the eye. This will slightly darken and intensify the color.

If you have two bronzers, apply the lighter (or shimmery) one all over the eyelid, in the inner corner, and below the brow bone, and the darker (or matte) one in the crease, on the outer corner, and under the lash line.

To finish off the look, rim eyes with black eyeliner and several coats of black mascara.

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Use your bronzer as lipgloss.

It turns out that the surprising secret to dewy, plush lips is actually your powdery bronzer.

To give your lips this radiant look, simply rub your finger or clean lip brush in some bronzer and then mix it with a bit of petroleum jelly and apply to lips.


What’s your favorite bronze look? Leave a comment below!


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