How To

The Perfect Bronzer for Every Skintone

Bronzing sounds like a  relatively easy thing to achieve with bronzer and some form of make-up brush.  Voilà! Look at my glowy skin. However now with the emphasis put on things like; ‘Only apply to the shadows of your face’, ‘Where do the shadows hit again?’ ‘Am I too orange?’ ‘Can you even see my bronzer?’ it can sometimes be impossible to even know where to begin. Forget the word contouring, shadows, high points, low points, all of it. If you have the right shade for your skin tone, you can lightly dust the stuff all over your face and look like a bronzed goddess who’s permanently on holiday – without the fuss.

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1. Light, rosy face

Jane Iredale Sunbeam Bronzer rosy

Think more about how your skin looks like when it’s flushed by the sun. Don’t kid yourself – we’re not all olive Jess Harts with sun kissed shadows. If you are fair and you go out in the sun your skin isn’t going brown – it’s going pink and rosy. So find a bronzer that’s pink based and a little rosy to create a natural, flushed look.

2. Light to medium –

Gorgeous Cosmetics Superstar Liquid Shimmer Highlighter – Bronze

It can be a little scary to use a liquid bronzer if you are a bronzing newbie, but don’t be afraid. To avoid a heavy or streaky look blend the bronzer in with some moisturiser and apply all over the face for an all over glow. Enriched with Vitamin E, this Liquid Shimmer will nourish your skin while giving you a healthy glow.

3. Dark –

ModelCo Bronzer Matte

Apricot toned bronzer is universally flattering on any skin tone. The apricot acts as a colour corrector, hiding all the blue/grey tones in the skin.

4. Olive Undertones –definition

Jane Iredale MoonGlow Golden Bronzer

For that effortless rich girl skin, apply a shimmery bronzer around your face. Incorporate apricot, traditional bronze and rosier shades of brown to match olive skin tones and to prevent orangey/fake looking bronzer.

5. Reddish Undertones –

Asap Mineral Bronzer 1

Use a bronzer that also has reddish undertones. Are you getting the theme? Use bronzers that have the same undertone as your own skin.

6. More definition –

Clinique Chubby Stick Curvy Contour

This is possibly the only case where a cream is easier to work with. A tip for applying a Chubby Stick or a cream bronzer is to warm it up with your fingers first – don’t apply it straight to your face as it may streak. This is really good for adding a bit of extra definition, as long as the cream is sheer and build-able it won’t muddy.

Bronzing doesn’t have to be hard. The number one thing is not to be afraid! Just keep trying. Do you have any bronzing tips? Let me know below.



Renee Volck

Renee Volck

Writer and expert