BTS Makeup Essentials: Bronzer, Blusher & Highlighter

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Back To School Makeup Essentials | Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Hello! Today's post is all about your cheeks, so I'll be talking about blushers, bronzers and highlighters. Now, keep in mind all of these are optional since we are talking about school and what you wear really depends on your age and what you feel comfortable wearing. So if you feel like one of these isn't really your style, just skip that step, I'm sure you'll still look great in the end!

Back To School Makeup Essentials | Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Let's start with blushers. I personally love wearing them on an everyday basis, I tend to go for pinker or more peachy tones, that give me a little bit of colour but still a very natural finish. My tip for you is to start small and then add up until you're satisfied with how much colour you have on your cheeks. The worst thing you can do is try to get the perfect amount on the first try, it will most likely end up with you looking like a clown with ridiculously pink cheeks and that's not a good look on anybody. So here's some of the products I found from the drugstore that you could use for back to school.

Essence Silky Touch Blush: now these happen to be my favourite affordable blushes out there. I have quite a few shades (my favourites being number 20 aka Babydoll and number 50 aka Sweetheart, which is sadly going to be discontinued). These blushers are super affordable, they're only 2.99 euros here in Portugal and they're quite pigmented. They're powder blushers, so I usually apply them with a big fluffy brush and I don't even need a lot to get the right amount of colour, while still making it look natural. It's a great choice overall, plus they're bringing in some pretty interesting shades for the Fall!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush: for those of you who are more fond of cream blushers, Maybelline has this really nice option. They're cream blushers that have a powder finish, so you can apply them like cream blushers and when they're set, they won't look all shiny and glowy like regular cream blushes out there.

Revlon Cream Blush: if you're more into cream blushes, just go for the Revlon ones! They melt into the skin and give you a much more natural look than the powder ones. Plus they're perfect for those of you with drier skin, while powders would suit oilier skin types. This blush will give you that boost of colour while being lightweight and looking very natural.

Back To School Makeup Essentials | Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Moving onto bronzers, this is a totally optional step, really. I like to lightly contour my face, even for everyday, just so my face doesn't look so round and it also brings some Colo to my face. However, I don't contour my nose, like I know some people do. If you feel like you need to contour your nose, go for it! However, no matter how much contouring you do, just remember to keep it light since you want it to look natural and effortless.

H&M Bronzing Powder: this is the bronzer I actually use. The downside is that it only comes in two colours, so fair skinned ladies won't be very pleased, but I am. It's matte, light and you get a huge amount of product that will last you ages (I've had it for months and I haven't made a dent on it, really). If the colours available work on you, you have a great bronzer that will look really natural but it will also define your features, all for around 3.99 euros. However, if you're not happy with the colour selection, look at the options below for more!

Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer Pressed Powder: this bronzer comes with a brush that you can use for contouring, although I usually like to use a big fluffy brush, but it's personal choice, really. The colour selection is definitely better. This bronzer isn't very pigmented, so it's perfect if you're trying to get a very subtle look, but it may take you a little while until you get the right amount of product on your face, since you have to build it up. If you're looking for a natural contouring however, this is a great choice for a school look.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder: this is definitely more pricey than the last two blushes I showed you. However, it's a really good choice if you have fair skin thanks to their lighter shades. They also have some great shades for the darker skinned girls, so it's worth the extra dollars/euros/whatever currency you use. Not to mention it's not tested on animals, so you can have a cleaner conscience when you use it.

Back To School Makeup Essentials | Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Moving onto highlighters, I have to be honest, I don't use them on a daily basis (I barely use them, actually). However, if you do feel like you need or you want to highlight for the school day, I'd recommend going for a cream highlighter, since it will give you a more natural look. Also, use it wisely -- a little goes a long way -- since you do not want to look like a shining mess.

Nº7 Skin Illuminator: very affordable, don't get scared by the glitter. It may look like something a fairy princess would wear but if you use a small amount and blend it in well, you won't be able to notice. Instead, it will just give you a nice glow.

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter: although some seem to think this is a concealer, don't be mistaken, since it is not. It may look like one but it's actually a very nice highlighter. Don't put this on dark circles or imperfections, it will only highlight them and bring unwanted attention to them, which is certainly the opposite of what you want to do in that situation. If you use it right, you'll fall in love with this, although some people claim it's a bit pricey for how much product you get. It's personal choice, I believe.

Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator: this product hasn't been really used to its advantage and I feel like a lot of the negative reviews on the internet are thanks to improper use of the product. People claim it's too shimmery and it looks like makeup for an 11 year old girl, but all you need to go is use it properly. If you want to use this as a highlighter, try mixing it with a bit of your foundation to take away some of the shimmer. However, I feel like this can be used for a great cream eyeshadow, especially Gleam! So it's still a good product for a good price, you just have to be a bit inventive on how to use it for your day to day life.

And that's all I have for today! I'm sorry if some of the choices for highlighters weren't the best, I really never used it (maybe once for a wedding) so it's not my area of expertize, but I mainly went from what I heard from reviews online and then added my own common knowledge of makeup in general. Hopefully, you learned something useful in this post and I'll see you on the next post where the focus will be entirely on the eyes!

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