Summer’s Best Bronzers for Darker Skin Tones

Summer’s Best Bronzers for Darker Skin Tones
Nia Long

If natural kisses from the sun aren’t quite your forte, then bronzer will become your new BFF. Bronzer is used just like blush, but is meant to give you a more sun-kissed, just-back-from-the-beach glow that will have the guys wondering how you look so luminous. The goal is to look exactly that — sun-kissed. So, the tan of “Jersey Shore”’s Snooki should not be replicated. For those less acquainted with bronzer, you will fall in love after reading about these helpful tips and products to get you started with enhancing your beautiful, brown skin. –mckenzie harris

Picking a Bronzer
Shimmer? Matte? Highlighter? Yes, there are many options when it comes to bronzers, but take a deep breath and don’t feel overwhelmed. There are a few simple things to keep in mind.

1. Pick a bronzer that is right for your skin tone. It’s easy to go too dark and look dirty or too light and look shiny and ashy.

2. Pick a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Look for descriptions like “dark” and “deep” or higher-numbered labels. Make sure it’s pigmented.

3. Bronzers come in liquids, powders, sticks and beads. So, experiment and play around by choosing the one that makes you look your best.

TIP: If you’ve got normal-to-oily skin, try a powder formulation. For dry skin, a cream or gel bronzer is probably the way to go.

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Applying Bronzer
First note, a little can go a long way. It’s better to apply less and add more as you go. You don’t want your bronzer to look like it’s just sitting on your foundation or bare skin, so blending is key.

1. Sweep your bronzer on with a big fluffy brush on areas of your face the sun would hit — the temples, cheeks, bridge of your nose, chin and along the hairline. Make sure to tap off any extra bronzer before you apply to avoid going overboard.

2. As for the rest of your makeup, keep it simple. A pretty peachy lip gloss, soft pink cheeks and warm eyes complement bronzer well. If you are comfortable without foundation, bronzer is great to wear alone on top of clean, bare skin.

TIP: If you have oily or combination skin, use oil absorbing sheets to gently blot any excess oil away. This prevents you from potentially removing your bronzer and looking splotchy.

What are some of your favorite bronzers?

Summer’s Best Bronzers for Darker Skin Tones
1. NARS Bronzer in "Laguna," $33 2. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder $33 3. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, $32 4. NARS Bronzer in "Casino," $33
Summer’s Best Bronzers for Darker Skin Tones
1. MAC Surf Baby Skinsheen Bronzer Stick, *coming soon* 2. Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel, $32 3. Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder in "Clay," $15 4. Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in "Sunkiss," $12
Summer’s Best Bronzers for Darker Skin Tones
1. NARS "Orgasm" Blush, $27 2. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in "Bronze," $38 3. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $6
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