How To: Choose The Right Bronzer

Get the fastest, safest sun-kissed look this summer with bronzers!

* To find the right match, go a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone at most. Anything too dark will make you look dirty.

* If you have a light to medium complexion, look for honey/golden shades and steer clear of anything with orange or red undertones. Darker skin tones can pull off both golden and tawny colors.

* Avoid overly shimmery and glittery bronzers. Opt for one with a soft matte finish for the most natural glow.

* Liquids, creams and gels are good for those with dry skin or if you are going for a dewy look. Powder works best on oily skin.

Learn how to apply bronzer by following these tips and watching this video tutorial by celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson.

Got more tips? Share with us!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Thank you for the tips!
    I have tried a few bronzer products in the past and most i found is too dark for my asian complexion
    I now use bourjois blush which is fantastic
    love the brush that comes with it! so easy to use!

  2. Thank you for posting the picture, but if you don’t mind can you list the types/ brands of bronzers?

    I’m looking for a matte bronzer that doesn’t have too much shimmer but I haven’t found one that I am satisfied with.

    Thank you!

  3. Sure Jean! I’m actually in the process of updating my bronzer reviews. I’ll post a link shortly =)

    If you are looking for a matte bronzer, try Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder, NARS Multiple Bronzer or Wet ‘n Wild Bronzzer Ultimate Bronzing Powder (best drugstore bronzer ever!)

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