Tips & Tricks

How To: Choose The Right Bronzer

July 1, 2010

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.

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  • Reply Angelina July 2, 2010 at 4:55 am

    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!

  • Reply Jean July 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    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!

  • Reply Phyllis July 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

    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!)

  • Reply Phyllis July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm


    Just added the bronzer reviews. Here’s the link:

  • Reply Dainty MD October 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi! I love your blog! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

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