If you’re anything like me, your first encounter with bronzer was in school, whenever you covered your entire face with a layer of sparkly, too-dark bronzer that left you looking like a weathered Oompa Loompa.And if that experience turned you off I’m here to lead you back to the fold to contour, because bronzing your head is really, truly straightforward, as long as you know where to apply it.

Below, a nifty five-step guide that’ll take you approximately one minute or less to complete. Read on to get the glowiest surface of your own life.

5 Easy Measures

Measure 1: Buff It Out

To begin with, you have to discover a bronzer that really matches your skin tone to mitigate your likelihood of looking like a Cheeto. Then, lightly rub on a fluffy mixing brush on the bronzer, tap off any excess, and swirl it into little concentric circles across your hairline, in one temple to the other.

Measure 2: Split the Cheeks

Contouring your cheekbones is way easier than you’ve been led to believe. Just reload your brush in bronzer, swipe on a lineup of powder in your ear to the apple of your cheek, then lightly blend it out with circular brush strokes, as opposed to a back-and-forth wiper motion.

Measure 3: Chisel the Jaw

Want to know how to apply a bronzer? The key to a natural-looking bronze is to frame your face. After dusting your hairline and cheekbones, finish off the frame by mixing more bronzer along the edge of your jawline, swirling from the base of your jaw to the chin.

Make sure to straddle the edge of your jawbone–as opposed to apply the bronzer to the side of your face then continue mixing under your chin and down your own throat.

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Step 4: Define the Nose

Don’t worry–powder bronzers (as opposed to lotion bronzers) are so sheer, they will not leave you with an ulta-skinny, obvious-looking lines. Sweep a bit of bronzer down all sides of your nose (make sure to tap off the excess from your brush, first) for a subtle contour.

Measure 5: Pose

Wait for the mirror, like our model, and take a minimum of one-billion selfies. You’ve officially mastered the craft of bronzing.

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