First, I want to point out what a bronzer is and its purpose.
Bronzer’s are either powder, gel, liquid or cream products that are used to give the impression of a bronzed/golden color of a suntan. Powder bronzers are most effective for individuals with oily skin, whereas, liquids and creams are best for people with dry skin. Bronzer is usually applied to the face on the chin, cheeks, center of the nose, cheek bones, and if you’re wearing a low-cut shirt add bronzer to your décolletage to enhance it.
There are very few companies that have bronzers specifically for women of color who have darker skintones. Iman Cosmetics, Milani, Black Opal, and now Shea Moisture are brands for women of color that carry bronzers for women like us. Some high-end brands like Bobbi Brown and Guerlain have bronzers for brown skinned women, too!
Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powders:
“Capture the brilliant glow of the sun with naturally shimmering sheer powders that bring a touched by the tropics to every complexion.”
Available in three color selections: Afterglow, clay (medium-dark complexion) & sand (medium-light complexion).
Black Opal Color Fusion Mosaic:
“Highlight the natural beauty of your skin with this multi-toned mosaic bronzing powder. Formulated with Vitamins that work to condition and protect your skin as well as oil blotters to help control shine, this ultra-fine, jet milled powder also ensures smooth application and long lasting streak-free color. For all skin types.”
Available in five different shades: 1. Bronzer, 2. Shimmer Bronzer, 3. Pressed Powder, 4. Raspberry Bronzer Blush, 5. Golden Bronzer
Covergirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer
Affordable drugstore brand bronzer that was made especially for us brown girls. Makeup Artist Sam Fine recommends this bronzer.
Available in three shades: Light Bronze, Brown Bronze, Ebony Bronze
Guerlain Terracota Bronzer
This is a splurge, at $52. If you like Covergirl Queen’s Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony, you will probably like this one, and it has less shimmer, and is more wearable for people suffering with oily skin. Shades 05 and 07 work best for my skin tone; however, darker complexions can get away with 08. I’ll post swatches of this soon.
Available in seven shades: 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07,08
NYX Matte Bronzer
(see my swatches and review here)
Deep Tan would be perfect for darker complexions, and at $9.00 it is a great price.
Available in five shades: Light, Deep, Medium, Dark Tan, Deep Tan
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder :
This soft matte, silky-smooth bronzer instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan.
Available in six shades: Golden Light, Medium, Natural, Rich Cocoa, Dark, Deep
NARS Casino Bronzer:
This has become a favorite of mine. It is the darkest shade of bronzer offered by NARS, and is the top selling bronzer, next to the famed Laguna Bronzer. It has shimmer. It is great to use as a blush or as a shadow.
Personally, I use the following:
1. MAC Format blush
2. MAC Raizin Blush
3. MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush
4. MAC Weekend Bronzer
5. NARS Casino Bronzer
6. MAC Minieralize Skinfinish Deep Dark
7. NYX Matte Bronzer
1. Oily skin should avoid bronzers with loads of shimmer.
2. Apply a little powder before the bronzer to prevent streaking.
3. Choose a bronzer two shades deeper than your complexion (too light and it’ll appear ashy; too dark and it’ll look muddy).
4. Mix Liquid bronzers like Inglot’s Liquid Illuminators with body oil/baby oil to create a bronzing oil for your body.
5. Mix your liquid bronzer with a tinted moisturizer to get an all-over face golden glow.