The 6 Best Bronzers For Darker Skin Tones in 2021

When it comes to finding the right bronzer for darker skin tones, we know that certain shade ranges are just too limited. 

We’re here to promote the brands that cater to an extensive range of skin tones and undertones.

To help you navigate these brands, we’ve put together a list of bronzers that will also glide on seamlessly, have magnificent textures, and won’t show up patchy.

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Find the perfect bronzer based on your undertone

Finding the perfect bronzer is almost always about figuring out your undertone and deeper skin tones can vary heavily between being warm, cool and neutral. 

Beauty blogger Nkisu has some excellent tips on how you can figure out your undertone.

So, once you’ve got that sorted, here are our best contour and bronzer options for bronzed and glowy makeup.

The best bronzers for warm undertones 

If you have warm undertones, we recommend that you should opt for reddish bronzers to compliment and warm up your skin tone. 

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer in Toasted has a soft, blendable formula (like the original Hoola) but in a deep, matte shade. While running quite warm, this shade doesn’t translate too orange, using a tawny, reddish tone to bronze the skin. It’s a highly pigmented formula that provides the perfect contour for darker skin tones. We recommend this natural looking summer essential as part of your everyday makeup look.

If you’re looking for a natural, vegan formula for darker complexions try the Jane Iredale So-Bronze Refill in Shade 01. This reddish bronzer is perfect for those with warm undertones. It has a subtly pearlised formula to give the skin a gorgeous glow, while nourishing antioxidants protect the skin. This is the perfect formula for special occasions where you might want to really let your skin shine.

The best bronzers for cool undertones

A warm or reddish bronzer can look muddy and weird on cool toned skin. In this case you’re going to want to lean for something more muted, like a taupe with rose tones through it.  

For a truly neutral shade for cool undertones, try theBalm Take Home The Bronze Anti-Orange Bronzer in shade Greg. This intensely pigmented matte formula resists oxidisation to create your perfect almost golden-hue. It’s an easy to blend formula you can contour with adding the perfect amount of dimension to your skin. A quality formula that blends easily with blush.

If you have cool undertones, it’s worth considering a bronzer–blusher mosaic palette that has pink undertones, such as the Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick - Coral. The brick contains 9 complimentary shades to add blush, bronze and illumination. Sweep over your entire to create a brightened, sunkissed glow.

The best bronzers for neutral undertones

For neutral undertones, you’ll want to pick something that’s right in the middle. You can even try something with a golden undertone or shimmer to bring out the radiance of your natural complexion. 

For a true matte bronzer that doesn’t lean too warm or cool, try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Cappuccino or Mahogany. Cappuccino is a deep golden brown, and the Mahogany is a Mocha colour suited to deeper skin tones. This weightless formula offers buildable coverage that blends in seamlessly. Plus, it’s both cruelty-free and vegan!

Looking for an incredible all rounder? The Eye Of Horus Sacred Earth Bronzing Palette was specifically designed to be inclusive of all skin tones, offering buildable colour. It contains a deep matte bronzer, two warm blush shades and a champagne highlighter. It’s everything you need to create a truly radiant complexion and is also extremely travel friendly.

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