Bronzers are great at enhancing medium and olive skin tones. In fact, to make the most of your complexion, a bronzer should be an essential step in your makeup routine.
But choosing the right shade of bronzer is often difficult. A product that's too light can wash you out, and something too dark will look muddy. Once you’ve found the perfect shade using our tips, you can enjoy all the benefits a bronzer can bring, including a sun-kissed glow and a healthier appearance.
Why is it Important to Know My Skin's Undertone?
Choosing your bronzing shade isn’t all about your outright skin tone. Making the best colour choice really comes down to your skin’s natural undertone. Your undertones can be warm, cool, or neutral, and it’s important to know which you have in order to pick the perfect bronzing shade.
Your undertone determines how natural the bronzer looks on your own complexion. If you pick a bronzer with the wrong undertones, it will be immediately obvious and unnatural-looking.
If you have cool undertones, you will:
Suit silver jewellery better
Have visibly blue veins
Burn easily in the sun
If you have warm undertones, your will:
Look better in gold jewellery
Have greenish-looking veins
Neutral undertones can be more difficult to determine, as you may suit both metal types and either tan or burn. Olive skin is nearly always warm or neutral.
What Bronzer Should I be Using for My Skin's Undertone?
Here are our recommendations for medium and olive skin tones, grouped by undertone:
Those with warm undertones will have the most choice out of everyone. Golden bronzers are the most popular on the market.