We always think of supermodel Daria Werbowy when we try to use bronzer instead of blush—probably because it makes us long for razor-sharp cheekbones. But it turns out, we’re not the only ones. “Think Daria on her sailing boat after a week at sea,” says makeup artist Hannah Murray. “Using bronzing powder as blush on tanned skin gives that beautiful, dusty, wind-burnt effect.”
An expertly bronzed Sasha Pivovarova stars in Vogue’s Mikael Jansson-lensed editorial this month and we asked Murray for the scoop. The makeup artist gave the model a full body tan with St. Tropez Tanning Mousse ($32). “Her face needed to be a few shades darker, so I applied a mix of Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body Liquid Makeup ($40) and St. Tropez Bronzing Gel ($35) all over,” says Murray. “Then I used ruddy browns on her cheeks and temples, and a little on the bridge of the nose. Topshop’s Bronzing Powder ($18) in Mohawk, swept under the cheekbones, finished off the skin.”
Murray swears you don’t need Pivovarova’s cheekbones to make this work. Read her tips, above!
Murray calls Chanel’s Soleil de Tan Bronzing Makeup Base ($48) the easiest to use. “Apply it onto your cheekbones, blending upwards into temples and onto the forehead, to warm up your complexion,” she says.
If you’re already boasting a stellar tan, Murray says you can go redder. “Apply to the apples of the cheeks blending both out and down to give that weathered look Sasha has in Vogue.” But if you’re pale, she warns, reach for a peachy bronze.
Try Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), CoverGirl’s TruBlend Bronzer ($8), or Lancome’s Star Bronzer ($35) in Sunswept.
If you don’t have model-like cheekbones, think of this as an exercise in contouring. “Just remember to keep the bronzer toward the outside of the face so that it sculpts whilst warming the skin,” Murray says. “Start roughly an inch out from the nose, where the cheekbone starts.”
It’s surprisingly hard to find a bronzer without a shred of shimmer—but we’ve done that part for you. “Stick to matte formulas for this look,” Murray says.
The Balm’s Bahama Mama ($20), M.A.C.’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($30) and Physician’s Formula’s Bronze Booster ($15) are all completely matte.
“If you want to make the skin look lustrous, apply a touch of highlighter at the very tops of cheekbones,” Murray says. She favors M.A.C.’s Lustre Drops ($21), or try L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Highlighter ($13).