The 6 Best Bronzers for Fair or Light Skin in 2021

If you have fair skin, you may have had trouble finding a bronzer in the past that doesn’t look, well, ridiculous. 

In my experience, I’ve often found bronzers too muddy, warm, and overly pigmented to really work on my relatively fair skin tone. 

So, we’re here to put together the best bronzers and contours for fair skin to help you achieve your bronzed and glowy makeup goals. 

Best Bronzers for Fair or Light SkinBest Bronzers for Fair or Light Skin

How to choose a bronzer for fair to light skin tones

For a natural look, your bronzer should only be one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, which can be why those with paler skin often struggle when shopping. 

A seamless look can also be created by figuring out the undertone of your skin (either cool, neutral or warm) and choosing a bronzer shade accordingly. 

A safe bet for lighter skin tones is a mosaic palette with dark and light shades that you can blend for glowy skin.

Opting for an illuminating bronzer or a more translucent formula will always make it easier to lightly warm up fair skin. 

The best bronzers for warm undertones

If your skin has warm undertones, you should opt for golden and honey tones in your makeup, which still maintain a light tone and a soft pigmentation.

If you’re looking to create the most effortless, natural bronze glow possible on fair skin tones, try the Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint. This translucent liquid is a multipurpose product but can be used on the cheek bones and the peripherals of the face to add a warm glow. Simply apply to the desired areas and blend in with a stippling brush or sponge.

For a light, golden shade perfect for fair skin with warm undertones we recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in shade Rosewood. This lightly pigmented powder is perfect for building up the colour, so you’re in control. It has a versatile matte finish, perfect for adding warmth and dimension to any look. Swipe over your cheekbones and the high points of your forehead for a defined look.

The best bronzers for cool undertones

If your skin has cool tones, peachy-pink or rose-gold bronzers are likely to suit you best. Otherwise cool toned bronzers that are almost like contour shades are likely to suit. 

The Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer Refill is an ideal choice for those with cool undertones. This mineral bronzer contains luxurious pearlised pink and brown pigments so you can use this product as a blush, highlighter and bronzer. For a bronzed effect use a fan brush to sweep the product across forehead, nose, and cheeks.

Neutralise warm tones with the theBalm Take Home The Bronze Anti-Orange Bronzer in Oliver. This extremely neutral bronzing option offers a matte formula with a slightly golden hue idea for cooler complexions. With this kind of shade you can contour or bronze with ease. Just sweep this pigmented bronzer lightly over anywhere the sun would naturally hit for a subtle glow.

The best bronzers for neutral undertones

If you have neutral undertones, you should go for a bronzer in the middle—nothing too golden or pink. Keep in mind that shimmery bronzers are often more flattering and believable on fair skin.

In terms of our favourite matte bronzer for lighter skin tones, the Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer is the ultimate all rounder. This buttery formula adds warmth and life into the skin without ever being orange, streaky or shimmery. This soft matte powder looks natural and even when applied lightly with a fluffy brush.

For a more luminous glow, try the Clinique Pop Flower Bronzer- Solar. This light, buildable shade provides a soft focus effect when applied to the naturally sunkissed areas of the face. It’s a buildable formula that’s extremely versatile, and perfect for fairer tones that need a neutral bronze glow.

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