Striping is the New Bronzer Trend That I've Been Doing for Years, Apparently

Seeing this technique everywhere lately was a weird wake-up call that not everyone was already bronzing like this.
Publish date:
May 18, 2016
bronzer, techniques, sleek makeup, blending, real techniques, Striping

I'm somewhat new to the bronzing game. I just never really got the hang of the whole thing, so I just... didn't. But after a year or so of getting my faux glow on regularly, I finally feel comfortable with the whole concept.

I've always followed the age-old adage of "apply bronzer where the sun would hit your face most," and for me, that's my forehead, nose, cheekbones, and chin.

So seeing this new bronzing trend called "striping" everywhere I turned was a weird wake-up call that not everyone was already using bronzer like this. Other than being a stronger bronze than I typically go for, striping is pretty much how I do the thang.

I get the whole "warming up the whole face" technique and the "three" technique where you just hit your forehead, cheekbone, and jawline in the shape of the number 3 on each side of your face. Like brain-wise, I get it. I just never thought those techniques looked good on me so today I'm gonna show you how I get that sun-stripe look.

To get this look, you'll need a densely packed brush to apply your bronzer, bronzer in the shade you would naturally tan, and a big fluffy brush to blend with.

This whole look is all about the stripe of sun that would hit across your nose and cheekbones. To not look like a partially tan crazy person, I like to do three stripes.

The first and most important one is straight across from ear to ear and over the nose; add in the top of the forehead; and then the tip of the chin, and you're good to go.


In addition to emphasizing how important it is to blend, here you can really see my pores — my one big issue with this look. You can apply bronzer in a perfect, unbroken, straight line across your cheekbones and nose, but it can do funky things to those of us with bigger pores and/or bigger noses. There's a reason that my day-to-day bronzing skips the sides of my nose. It darkens the area on my face with the biggest pores and if I really over do it, the bronzer can look like blackheads. It ain't pretty.

Now blend like your life depends on it. To keep you from blending the bronzer all over your face, I suggest longer strokes focused on the edges of the line to break it up, as opposed to buffing motions that would move the bronzer around your face. You still want to have nice bronzed lines — just no definable edges.

And that is all it takes to stripe your bronzer!

I love this look because I can whack it on over a tinted moisturizer, add some mascara and a lip gloss, and I'm set to go somewhere people get real tans.

  • How do you use typically use bronzer?
  • Have you tried striping?