Bronzer can be used to add warmth and natural radiance to dark skin tones. Choosing the best bronzer for you can take your makeup to another level for a sun-kissed glow.
For those with lighter skin tones, bronzer is an essential for a sun-kissed appearance. However, this doesn't mean that those with dark skin can't enjoy the benefits of bronzer. Bronzer can add warmth and natural radiance to the skin, and take your makeup to another level.
Picking the perfect shade for your complexion is crucial to getting good results and avoiding a muddy, unnatural look.
What's my skin's undertone, and why is this important to know?
Choosing the correct bronzing shade comes down to two aspects:
- Going one step darker than your natural skin tone
- Matching your undertone
The latter is often overlooked but is so important if you want colour that looks natural. Your undertones can be warm, cool, or neutral. It’s important to know which you have in order to pick the perfect bronzing shade.
Consult the following table to determine the undertones of your own skin:
|Cool undertones||Warm undertones||Neutral undertones|
|You look better in _____ jewellery.||Silver||Gold||Either|
|Your veins appear _____.||Blue||Green||Either|
|In the sun, your skin usually _____.||Burns||Tans||Either|
As you can see, neutral undertones can be more difficult to determine. If you don't fall solidly in either of the other two categories, your skin most likely has neutral undertones.
Now that I know my undertone, what bronzer should I be using?
Fair skin tends to be cool, and olive skin is nearly always warm. However, deeper skin tones vary heavily among warm, cool, and neutral.
- Those with warm undertones should opt for reddish bronzers, such as Jane Iredale So-Bronze in 01.
- If you have cool undertones, it’s worth considering a bronzer–blusher mosaic palette that has pink undertones, such as Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Cranberry.
- If you have neutral undertones, you should choose a bronzer that's neither too warm nor too cool, such as Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Tawny.
Which bronzer is best for a dark skin tone?
When picking your bronzing shade, you should avoid going more than one step darker than your natural skin tone. This is particularly important for those with deeper skin tones, as using a product that's too dark can make you look muddy. Instead, think of your bronzer almost as a highlighter.
One of the best ways to create a bronzer for darker skin is by mixing a liquid bronzer into your foundation for a natural radiance. We recommend Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelée Bronzer for a seamless finish.
Those with darker skin should choose sheer bronzers that have a light sheen and shimmer, as opposed to something too matte and heavy. Matte bronzers can make dark skin look too hollow and dull the complexion, whereas glowy bronzers will lift the complexion. Translucent Dr. Hauschka Bronzing Powder leaves a natural, skin-like finish.
Using bronzer on your dark skin may seem like an unnecessary step, but the right shade and formula can really transform your complexion and take your makeup from ordinary to extraordinary. If you want the look of sun-kissed skin, don't shy away from bronzers. Instead, embrace them in your daily routine.