Bronzer for the Bronze Skinned

By now most fair-skinned women are well versed in the beauty of bronzer. After all, it’s an easy way to add a boost of the color their skin naturally lacks. But the value of bronzer doesn’t end there. Women with dark, caramel and olive skin stand to gain just as much from this makeup wonder.

Whether you’re in the market for sharp, defined features or radiant all-over glow, bronzer allows women with darker skin tones to take their makeup to the next level.

However, when it comes to dark skin tones, different bronzing rules apply. So we’ve rounded up some of the pros’ best tips for making this luminous beauty product work on complexions of all colors.

USE NATURAL LIGHT

We recommend applying bronzer outside if it’s a sunny day. Have you ever used your vanity lighting only to end up looking overdone in the daylight?

Bronzer tends to have some shimmer in it and you want to glow in the sunlight, not blind anyone who looks at you.

BRUSH SIZE MATTERS

Start out with a large, round, super-soft, fluffy brush. Smaller brushes will deposit a lot of bronzer on one part of your face and won’t spread easily.

A BIT OF SHIMMER

Shimmer is great, but keep it subtle. Bronzers that are chock full of shimmer and glitter tend to work better on lighter skin–all that sparkle stands out more on darker skin, and not in a good way.

If you are a shimmer addict, focus it on places like your décolleté, shoulders and chest.

PICK A BRONZER ONE SHADE DARKER THAN YOUR LEFT ARM

We’re always tempted to go for the pretty orangey shades that you find in the drugstore because we’re girls and we like pretty things. But in reality, something lighter than your skin will just make brown skin look ashy and gray.

DON’T BRONZE YOUR WHOLE FACE

Applying it in the right spots is key. You’re already bronze, so don’t get bronzer-happy and apply it all over your face.

Focus on where the light hits. Put it on the apples of your cheeks and swipe upward; then run what’s left on your brush along the bridge of your nose, hairline and chin.