5 Makeup Splurges that Are Worth It


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Bronzer
Bronzer can be more versatile than you think.
Bronzer can be more versatile than you think.
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Think bronzer is only for a summertime sun-kissed look? This little powerhouse is so much more. Splurging on a high-quality bronzer -- and adding it to your daily makeup regime -- can do everything from enhancing your skin tone to maximizing the contours of your face (think of it as DIY airbrushing). While you can find budget bronzers for about $3, don't be afraid to splurge on a bronzer beloved by makeup artists. Although these makeup boosters can cost $40 or more, they'll last from one season to another.

Bronzers come in a variety of forms, from crèmes to powders. To look beautifully blended, choose a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin tone. After applying foundation, apply the bronzer under the cheekbones and blend downward. Then, wisp it up from your temples toward your forehead. Set the look with a layer of loose powder [source: Karimi].

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