Diary / Beauty / Nov 27, 2023

Bronzer vs. Blush: What's the Difference?

Written by: Piper Gray

Photography by: Ben Ritter & Jon Patterson

Model holding Jones Road Beauty blush.

While both bronzer and blush elevate your natural complexion, they serve different purposes and deliver distinct effects. The variations in shades, textures, and ingredients add another layer of complexity. 

However, understanding these differences can significantly enhance your makeup routine. Are you looking to liven up your cheeks with color or prefer to look a little more sun-kissed? Are you going for a no-makeup makeup look? Or are you hoping for something a little more elegant?

Our products can make this exploration simpler, offering expertly curated formulas that aim to clear any confusion. Let’s start with bronzer.

What Is Bronzer?

Bronzer serves as the ultimate tool for achieving that sought-after sun-kissed glow without stepping into the sun. This makeup essential is typically available in powder, cream, or liquid forms and is designed to mimic the warmth your skin captures after spending time in the sun. 

The aim is to make your complexion appear healthy and radiant. One notable characteristic of many bronzers is the inclusion of light-reflecting particles. These tiny reflective components scatter light, contributing to the skin's radiant appearance. 

Jones Road Beauty Gel Bronzer.

How Do I Choose the Right Bronzer?

Choosing a bronzer that complements your skin tone is crucial for a natural-looking finish. For fair skin, opt for a bronzer with peach or soft golden undertones, like The Bronzer in Dusty Rose. Medium skin tones can get away with warmer, more caramel shades, while those with darker complexions may prefer a deep, rich bronze with reddish undertones. If you’re still not sure where to start, take our quiz to find the right shade of The Bronzer for you.

It also comes down to your formula preference (and how you’d like to apply—with your fingers or a brush): powder or gel? The Bronzer powder comes in eight shades, and Gel Bronzer offers three shades—Light, Medium, and Dark. It also boasts a sheer, lightweight formula that allows for easy blending and layering, enabling a custom glow tailored to your individual needs.

How Do I Apply Bronzer?

Applying bronzer requires a bit of technique to achieve a seamless, natural look. Start by identifying the areas where the sun would naturally tan your face—typically, the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. 

For the application, use your fingertips with a gel formula or opt for The Bronzer Brush or The Everything Brush with a powder. Focus on your forehead, passing through the cheekbones, and ending at the jawline—lightly targeting the nose as well.

The key to a flawless finish lies in the blending; take a few extra seconds to blend the product well into your skin. The idea is to create a gentle, sun-drenched glow rather than harsh, noticeable lines. 

Remember, it's always easier to add more product than to take it away, so start with a small amount and build up to your desired level of warmth. Now, let’s talk blush.

Jones Road Beauty blushes.

What Is Blush?

Blush is a makeup staple that replicates the natural flush of your cheeks and adds a pop of color to enliven your complexion. 

Typically available in powder, cream, and liquid forms, blush gives your face dimension, depth, and youthful vitality. 

How Do I Choose the Right Blush?

Selecting the ideal blush color depends largely on your skin tone and undertone. For fair skin with cool undertones, a soft pink or light peach would look natural. 

For medium skin tones, particularly those with warm undertones, richer shades of peach or a warm mauve work beautifully. For dark skin tones, deep berry or brick red shades are often the most flattering. 

Our Best Blush, for instance, offers a silky powder formula, talc-free, that easily blends into the skin. One key ingredient in many high-quality blushes is squalene, which helps lock in moisture, ensuring vibrant, well-nourished skin. 

Our blush comes in five shades, ranging from vibrant pink with a subtle gold shimmer to a deep berry pink, making it easier to find the perfect match. 

Model putting on Jones Road Beauty blush.

How Do I Apply Blush?

When it comes to applying blush, the technique can be just as important as the product itself. Start by smiling to identify the apples of your cheeks. This is where you want to concentrate most of the color. (For more specific guidance on applying based on face shape—round, heart-shaped, square, and oval or oblong—read up on those how-tos here.)

Can You Use Blush for Other Things?

In a word, yes. A multi-use product like our Lip and Cheek Stick is designed to glide effortlessly onto the skin, delivering a wash of color that can be subtle or striking, depending on your preference. 

It’s blendable, buildable, and incredibly easy to work with, suitable for adding a splash of color to both your lips and cheeks. 

The shade range of our Lip and Cheek Stick is notably expansive, catering to diverse skin tones and tastes. Furthermore, its formulation includes castor seed oil, a natural humectant that contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This ingredient not only offers a moisture-rich experience but also supports the skin barrier without disrupting it. Castor seed oil's unique properties make it an exceptional choice for those looking to enhance both the look and health of their skin.

When it comes to application, the method is as uncomplicated as the product itself. Apply directly from the stick to your lips or cheeks and blend by either tapping it in with your fingertips or use a brush.

The Bottom Line

Understanding the nuanced differences between bronzer and blush and how they contribute to your makeup routine can be a game-changer. From imparting a sun-kissed glow with bronzer to adding a lively flush with blush, each has its unique role and outcome. Layering and sufficiently blending achieve a look that appears both natural and polished. 

With thoughtful formulations and a spectrum of shades, there's something for everyone in our range of products, regardless of skin type or aesthetic preference. Elevate your beauty routine by learning to master blush and bronzer for a quick ticket to effortless beauty that resonates with who you are.

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Diary / Beauty / Nov 27, 2023

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