If you have fair-to-light skin, you may have bowed out of bronzing fun in the past. Most products probably look much too dark for your complexion. Take heart: bronzers for fair skin do exist.
If you have fair-to-light skin, you may have bowed out of bronzing fun in the past. Most products probably look much too dark for your complexion.
Bronzer on fair skin can easily look muddy or even clownish. Many people prefer to avoid these disastrous results by passing on bronzer altogether. However, with a carefully selected shade and skilful application, you too can enjoy the sun-kissed glow and other benefits of bronzer.
What is my skin's undertone, and why is this important to know?
There are two main elements to look for when choosing your bronzer shade: how it looks against your primary skin tone, and how it looks against your undertone.
Your skin’s undertones are as important as your general skin tone when it comes to choosing any face makeup, but especially bronzer. Undertones determine whether a colour looks natural on the skin or not.
Have you ever picked up a product that seemed like a good colour match in the package but just looked wrong when you held it up to your skin? This was probably the wrong undertone.
Your skin can have warm, neutral, or cool undertones. There are several ways to determine which you have.
- If you have cool undertones, you'll suit silver jewellery better, have visibly blue veins, and burn easily in the sun.
- If you have warm undertones, your skin will look better with gold jewellery, you’ll have green veins, and you will tan.
- Neutral undertones can be more difficult to determine, as you may fit into either category for the three variables.
Now that I know my undertone, what bronzer should I be using?
If your skin has warm undertones, you should opt for golden and honey tones in your makeup, such as those in Bobbi Brown Brightening Finish Powder in Bronze Glow. These tend to be the most popular bronzers on the market, so you have plenty to choose from.
If your skin has cool tones, peachy-pink or rose-gold bronzers suit you best. We recommend Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer in Rose Dawn.
If you have neutral undertones, you should go for a bronzer in the middle—nothing too golden or pink—such as Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer in Moonglow.
All of the above recommendations are perfect for fair and light skin. Keep in mind that shimmery bronzers are often more flattering and believable on fair skin.
Which bronzer is best for a fair-to-light skin tone?
Your bronzer should only be one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, which is why those with paler skin often struggle when shopping. A safe bet for lighter skin tones is a mosaic palette with dark and light shades that you can blend.
Other than a mosaic palette, you might opt for an illuminating bronzer, such as Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder. A powder with a translucent finish, such as Dr. Hauschka Bronzing Powder Compact, is another excellent choice. Both of these have more of a subtle finish than a typical bronzer does.
If you have fair or light skin, bronzer doesn’t have to be a complete write-off. There are plenty of options out there. You just need to assess your skin’s undertone and opt for a sheer, subtly shimmery bronzer or a mosaic palette to make bronzer work for you. Once you’ve found your perfect bronzing product, you can enjoy sun-kissed skin too.