Who said melanin-rich girls can’t wear bronzer? I think contouring is overrated, (or maybe I’ve just never really gotten the hang of it). No matter how you do it, contouring is a heavy-handed look. Great for photos, but not realistic enough for everyday life. I prefer sticking to bronzers; they give you the same effect as contouring but on a more subtle level. Although our melanin already delivers a natural warmth to the face, bronzers act to enhance that ‘lit from within’ glow while creating that natural-looking contouring effect. If you’ve been convinced that dark girls can’t wear bronzer, don’t write this article off just yet because you can certainly find bronzers that don’t disappear into your skin.
How to use bronzer
There is a common misconception that bronzers aren’t made for women with dark/deep skin tones. For someone with fair skin, bronzers make total sense. However, if your skin is the same tone as what you are seeing on most compact bronzers, it seems pointless right? A bronzer is supposed to give you the appearance of a tan or a glow. No complexion is too pale or too dark to reap the benefits of a good bronzer. The key is to find the perfect match for your skin tone.
- For dark skin tones, look out for bronzers with a golden brown, copper, or red-ish formula to illuminate the skin and deliver a subtle sculpt.
- For deeper skin tones, think of bronzers as more of a highlight. Go for the ones that deliver a subtle shimmer but stick to warm undertones to avoid looking ashy.
- Apply bronzer on the high planes of your cheekbones, temples and forehead (just as you would apply contouring products).
- Lightly dust the bronzer and build color gradually to avoid over applying.
- You should apply your bronzer first before your blush and highlighter. In most cases, you will notice that you may not need to apply blush. A good bronzer should give you a similar warm look to the face that blush gives.
- It might be helpful to imagine yourself drawing the number ‘3’ while applying bronzer. Draw a 3 on both sides of the face starting at the forehead and along the hairline. Use a brush to follow along the hollows of the cheeks and under the jawline.
Here are the some great bronzers suitable for dark skin tones.
- CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Bronzer
This is a drug store favorite for many people. It is a natural hue bronzer that will give you a sun-kissed bronzy glow without looking too red or extra shinny. You can get this here.
- Bobbi Brown Bronzer in the shade Deep
Another bronzer that comes highlight recommended for women of color is the Bobbi Brown Bronzer in dark or deep. It is described as a light-weight powder bronzer formulated with a soft matte finish. It is shimmer free which is perfect for a natural look and is formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown undertones.
- Becca Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer in Maui Nights
This brand is well known for their perfectly pigmented highlighters. Their bronzers will give your skin a multidimensional glow without a ton of glitter chunks. It comes in a creamy formula which makes you look like you are glowing from within. Perfect for a subtle sun-kissed glow.
- NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzers
Looking for something that’s budget friendly and without any shimmer? The NYX matte bronzer is just as great as the cover girl one. The best part about NYX bronzers is that they come in a variety of shades ranging from light to dark tan. The fact that they are matte means that they can also double up as compact powders.
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