Finding a bronzer for your specific skin tone can be a little daunting, especially if you are not used to applying it in the first place. It is probably therefore prudent to have a quick lesson on application before we go any further.
Bronzers are meant to look as if the sun has kissed you, highlighting your natural bone structure, as if you have been sitting in the sun and naturally caught its rays. It is not supposed to make you look like a bronzed goddess.
When choosing a bronzer, never go for one that is more than a shade darker than your own skin tone.
Pale skins should avoid reds or browns and stick to peach or rose colours.
When applying, use a large, fluffy brush and tap lightly into the product. Dust off any excess and think of where the sun would naturally hit your face and body.
Any angles, such as your cheek bones, nose, chin and forehead should be lightly dusted with bronzer. As for the body, shoulder blades, the cleavage, tops of the arms are all great spots for applying bronzer.
Now you have a good idea of where to apply it, here’s the products you should be buying for your particular skin tones:
PALE SKIN TONEChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF 15 – $58
Perfectly delicate for English Rose skin. Comes in several colours, including subtle rose bronzes and peach shades.
From: chanel.comChantecaille Liquid Lumiere – $39
If you have white, alabaster skin that looks odd with any colour, mix this into your foundation for the tiniest tint.
FAIR SKIN TONECharlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze And Glow – $68
A neutral based bronzer that adds a touch of glamour to fair skins. Use the bronzer for contouring and the gold highlighter for adding a shimmer.
Another formula that can be used on its own or mixed with foundation for a more subtle look. No streaks so very easy to apply.
MEDIUM SKIN TONEBobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural – $42
Lovely matte product here that gives a natural, sun-kissed look. Color has the balance of red and brown tones that are present in a true tan and provide a really natural looking deep tan.
The product of the stars here, use for a dramatic look with definition and contouring with some serious highlighting.
DARK SKIN TONEBahama Mama Bronzer – $17.98
No orange in this product so the skin looks very natural. You can also build up the color as it blends really well. Quite a dark product so best on very dark skins.
For the darkest skin tone there are few products that can beat this one from Guerlain. It doesn’t surprise me that they have come up trumps with this super gorgeous chocolate red shade.