The 6 Best Bronzers for Medium or Olive Skin Tones in 2021

Bronzers are great at enhancing medium and olive skin tones. In fact, to make the most of your complexion, a bronzer should be an essential step in your glowy makeup routine.

But choosing the right shade of bronzer or contour is often difficult. A product that's too light can wash you out, and something too dark will look muddy. 

Once you’ve found the perfect shade using our tips, you can enjoy all the benefits a bronzer can bring, including a sun-kissed glow and a healthier appearance.

Best Bronzers For Medium or Olive Skin TonesBest Bronzers For Medium or Olive Skin Tones

Choosing your bronzer based on your skin’s undertone 

Choosing your bronzing shade isn’t all about your outright skin tone. Making the best colour choice really comes down to your skin’s natural undertone. 

Your undertones can be warm, cool, or neutral, and it’s important to know which you have in order to pick the perfect bronzing shade.

Your undertone determines how natural the bronzer looks on your own complexion. If you pick a bronzer with the wrong undertones, it will be immediately obvious and unnatural-looking.

If you have cool undertones you will suit silver jewellery better, have visible blue veins, burn easily in the sun.

If you have warm undertones, your will look better in gold jewellery, have greenish-looking veins, tan easily

Neutral undertones can be more difficult to determine, as you may suit both metal types and either tan or burn. Olive skin is nearly always warm or neutral.

The best bronzers for warm undertones

Those with warm undertones will have the most choice out of everyone, as golden bronzers are the most popular on the market. Here are some of our favourites.

The M.A.C Cosmetics Bronzing Powder in Bronze or Golden is ideal for those with warm undertones. With a top of the line formula, this bronzing powder is the perfect choice for achieving a natural, sun-kissed look. This easy to blend matte formula applies smoothly and evenly for an effortless complexion.

For a smooth, warm glow, make the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer in Medium or Medium/Deep your go-to. This gorgeous buildable formula lasts all day and doesn’t change colour over time giving the complexion a consistent glow. It’s a super flattering, versatile formula that has a unique shine control finish for those with oily skin.

The best bronzers for cool undertones

If you have cool undertones, you'll have a harder job picking an appropriate bronzer, but there are options out there. 

Consider a bronzer/blusher combination as the pink tones will favour your cool-toned skin. Think of rose gold as opposed to yellow gold or copper when looking at colours.

A mineral bronzer/blush combo we adore is the Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer Refill in Moonglow and Rose Dawn. These perfectly radiant shades work seamlessly on medium and olive skin tones with cool undertones. They are slightly shimmery shades so they work well to boost the complexion. An excellent multi-use product for someone looking for a one and done bronzer and blush.

For a bronzer/blush combo that really helps you sculpt your face, try the Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette. You can use this muted palette to highlight, bronze and add colour to the cheeks or swirl them all together for a subtle lit-from-within glow. Perfect for a sophisticated, subdued look with a bit of warmth and dimension.

The best bronzers for neutral undertones

If you have a neutral undertone, a coppery shade that's neither too golden nor too pink will suit your complexion.

The bestselling Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, with a stunning bronze shade is perfect for creating an overall radiant and healthy look. This versatile matte powder can be used as bronzer, contour and eyeshadow. It’s a fan favourite and a staple for a reason - it truly looks good on almost everyone, depending on how far you build it up.

For a classic neutral bronzing powder try the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium or Natural. These silky, soft matte formulas glide on easily for an extremely natural look. It’s a go-to everyday bronzer you can use in a bunch of different ways, building it up to create the perfect colour. We recommend using a specific bronzer brush with this formula.

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