There's a bronzer formula for every skin type and tone. But your final look depends mainly on the product's finish. Find out whether a sheer, shimmer, or matte bronzer is best for you.
Typically, bronzers have a shimmer, matte, or sheer finish, and it's important to be able to discern the difference. Read on to find out what will work best to enhance your complexion and give you the look you want.
When should I use a shimmer bronzer?
Shimmer bronzers contain light-reflecting particles to highlight the skin.
- Some products, such as Bobbi Brown Brightening Finish Powder, contain a lot of shimmer.
- You'll find a more subtle shimmer in Laura Mercier Bronzing Powder.
Both products will make your complexion glow and enhance your best features.
Shimmer bronzers work particularly well on those with fair and light skin, as they give off a believable summer glow. Any shimmery product has to be applied carefully, as it's easy to go overboard. For best results, apply a shimmer bronzer on the cheekbones and temples only rather than all over.
PRO TIP: It's best to avoid shimmer bronzers if you have any blemishes, as the highlight will draw attention to them.
When should I use a matte bronzer?
Matte bronzers have absolutely no shimmer or sheen. Such products are used to warm up the skin and subtly sculpt. However, matte bronzers shouldn’t be used for contour, as they're too warm-toned.
Bronzers with a matte finish are best for those with medium or olive skin. A matte bronzer enhances the natural warmth of the skin colour without overpowering the complexion with shimmer.
Matte products also work well on skin that has more imperfections.
Matte bronzers add depth to the skin and have a natural skin-like finish. Most cream bronzers come in matte form and are great at adding dewiness to the skin without the use of shimmer. We recommend:
When should I use a sheer bronzer?
Sheer bronzer, although the most subtle, still offers many benefits. A sheer bronzer can be used to give an all-over sun-kissed glow to the skin whilst maintaining a natural finish.
Sheer bronzers are particularly great for those with very fair or very dark skin. You can gain the warmth of bronzer without necessarily adding distinct colour.
Sheer products are much easier to work with than both matte and shimmer bronzers, as there's less chance of going too muddy, orange, or shimmery. We love:
Choosing the right finish is crucial if you want to find the perfect bronzer. Whether you’re using bronzer to add radiance, definition, warmth, or a just-been-on-holiday glow, there's a bronzer for you.