February 16, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Which Bronzer Shade Is Right for You?

Like mascara and lipstick, bronzer should be a staple in every girl’s beauty arsenal. It adds warmth to your complexion, can sculpt your cheekbones, give you a cute button nose and the appearance of a small forehead — it obviously works wonders! But, if you’re using a shade that’s not right for your skin tone, it can look too obvious or, well … muddy. Finding the right shade is easy — here’s what to look for!

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The general rule of thumb is to select a shade that’s only one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. You can always ask for assistance at your beauty counter to help determine your exact shade.

Fair Skin Tone: For women with lovely fair skin and especially those with light eyes or hair, use a sheer bronzer that has peach undertones. Avoid shades of red or brown since you’ll just end up on the orange side (think Oompa-Loompa!).

Product Recommendations: YSL Terre Saharienne Powder in Terre Ambree, Lancôme Star Bronzer Palette in Bronze Essence

Olive Skin Tone: You lucky tan ladies pair perfectly with an earthy bronze shade that makes your natural complexion glow. Avoid colors that are too dark or glittery to keep your look natural (and avoid the dirty look!) and opt in for shades of soft copper instead.

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer in Medium BronzeNYX Tango With Bronzing Powder in Bronze Ensemble

Dark Skin Tone: Your rich skin tone works wonders with a high-pigment chocolaty-brown bronzer or deep shimmery hue. The key is to find a shade that gives you a luminous glow and really enhances your radiant skin tone!

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric in 500, NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep


What’s your favorite bronzer that pairs perfectly with your skin tone? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.