How to Pick a Bronzer the Right Way – A Guide for Beginners

The secret to Sunkissed skin does not involve getting burnt from the brutish sun. You just need to know how to pick the right shade and learn to wear bronzer. 

Houston, we have a problem!

Picking the right foundations is hellish enough! A shade too dull or yellow already has us curling our fingers. Not to forget brands not bothering to issue a shade to match our tone. 

But we battled through.

Forget contour schemes and caking patterns for a second. You need to focus on how to choose the right bronzer!

Honey, we need equal pay and the perfect olive skin to go with it! 

DemosByDina, on her Youtube channel, has a makeup video on how to pick/apply Bronzer & Contour!

Adios Skin Problems

A bronze skin tone doesn’t come easy. The sun isn’t worth it, and tanning parlors are a disgrace! Mismatched tans and risking skin cancer are so not worth it. 

Sun has its advantages. The real damage begins when you sit long enough for the Ultraviolet light to pierce through and fiddle with your DNA. Applying bronzers saves you from all the hard work and health troubles. 

Right Bronzer for your skin

Choosing the Right Bronzer

Well, you already are going through a tedious routine of looking presentable to society. From sunscreen to base and blush, you might as well add a step and save yourself from a near existential crisis.

Going Deep in Tones

Get to know the general rule of thumb. 

The bronzer you choose must be a darker shade. Many makeup artists recommend getting a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. However, it is really easy to mess things up. If you go too dark, you won’t end with a natural glow. Choosing a bronzer too dark will make your skin appear ‘dirty’ and unpleasant.

Your skin color is not the only thing that should be the center of focus when choosing a bronzer. The color of your eyes and hair also plays a major part. 

When choosing the best bronzer for fair-skinned individuals with blonde or red hair, and blue or green eyes, their best bet is a sheer shade. Choose slight rose, beige, taupe or peach-colored tones. They make your eyes and features pop out more and add color. 

When choosing the best bronzer for medium-skinned individuals, we always contort towards copper and earthy bronze tones. Bronzers for dark skin work well with shimmer chocolate brown or golden-brown shades. They achieve the required glow while maintaining your natural skin tone. 

When learning how to pick a bronzer, the shade of your veins plays a major role. If your veins appear blue, go ahead with cooler undertones. Otherwise, stick to the warmer side. If you still cannot decide, stick with natural brown-based colors, and you are good to go.  

Top 5 Bronzers

Keeping Up with the Skin Tones 

Every human being is different, so is their skin. Your natural skin color has its own way of reflecting off and reacting to light. 

People with fair skin tend to be pink under the sun. Why should one invest in a bronzer when you have the perfect maiden skin? Trust me, nothing is worse than looking ghost pale. 

Why do we ask you to leave out brown shades?

Bronzer for pale skin best lies in the lightest shades of bronzer any company has. If you lean towards golden shades, you might look like the forgotten cousin of Frankenstein.

What’s the best skin tone to suit a maximum number of bronzer shades?

Bronzers for medium skin tones can fit well with most shades. You can flaunt copper to earthy tones without it clashing with your color. 

Where does it get tricky?

Darker skins don’t get to play around with many shades. Terracotta and chocolate hues fit best. However, many brands dint consider going too dark on the pallet. The ones that do have inconsiderate price ranges. What you can do is add some flecks and a little shimmer to enunciate features.

How many types are there?

How to Pick a Bronzer

Makeup knows no bounds, nor does the Bronzers. They come in cream to powder formulas, showcasing matte to shimmery finishes. 

Different formulas showcase different features. As for finishes, I always prefer the shimmery ones to accentuate high points of your face and shoulders. Light hits these points and results in the perfect dusky glow everyone yearn for. 

As every base or concealer is not for every other individual. The same can be said for Bronzers. Every person has a unique bronzer out there, with the perfect formula and consistency. Let’s all pray that the right brand never discontinues the product you adore! Many would know the pain. 

The right bronzer for you will be the one that sets in accordance with your skin type and makeup routine. This is because the different mediums cater to different results. 

You have to understand the three-set types of bronzers.

Cream Based

These often come in the form of sticks. It is best to get some product on your brush or finger and avoid gluing it to your face. They are quite easy to use with a foundation brush and blend blissfully. 

Cream-based Bronzers achieve a radiating finish look


Powder Based

The powders are the most popular as they are the easiest to apply. There are no set restrictions to brush or sponge uses, as both do the job. 

Powders bronzers are great for oily skin as they soak up and stick in place. Moreover, powders come in a great variety of finishes too. So, if you have your heart set on a shimmery shade, go Gaga. However, do keep in mind never mix up the cream with powders as it results in unattractive streaks.

You already have a mixture of a thousand things on your face. The wrong concoction will botch your entire look.



Just like other liquid tints (the infamous yet famous blush tints in the market these days), liquid bronzers are difficult to apply as well. 

You will require some practice to get the hang of blending the tint in your look. Many a time, you will face an Oompa Loompa in the mirror, though it shall pass. 

All things said, these are great for people with snake dry skin. You can thin its application the most and apply it all over for an even tone. 


Where do you put Bronzer on your face?

First off, you need to know of high points. These are areas of your face and shoulder structure where the light hits and reflects off. 

These areas include your cheekbones, nose bridge, collar bones, sides of your neck, and the top of your forehead. 

Get the right armamentarium.

To apply the bronze shade with perfect aim, get around a dense brush with a straight applicator surface. The high density and flat brush top aids in picking and deposition of product. 

To get the overall healthy glow from a bronzer, your application method matters too. Start where the sun hits your face. Go upwards and downwards after. This way, you will get an even layer of product on your skin. 

Don’t shy away from using more than one shade. It always aids in adding depth. You must press in your brush lightly into the product and tap the excess off. Remember, our main goal is to embrace and accentuate our features. Not to color our skin another shade and hide out salient features. 

Release the product on your skin with a heavier hand and start drifting it off. This way, you will achieve graduation in shades rather than having hints of round splotches all over your face. We are not tapping the brush in; we are moving it away from us in a way that maintains the integrity of whatever makeup looks we have achieved so far. 

What’s the difference between bronzer and contour?

The male species may find it hard to differentiate between different pallets on the vanity. However, let’s not get confused ourselves. 

The main difference between contour and bronzer is the application method and the main purpose behind it. Contouring is to make your face seem defined and chiseled. It should make your cheekbones and jaw stand out. The bonier your face looks, the more contoured it is. 

Contouring targets individuals insecure about their round or chubby faces. It makes you escape the shape of your face and redefine it to appear more drastic. 

Bronzing your skin color means attaining warmth. Give yourself a much-needed healthy glow and even the mismatched patches out. You can either highlight your forehead or cheeks or go all out till your shoulders. Your imagination is the limit.

Can I use the same pallet for both?

Well, YES! Any color that matches bronzer shades can achieve either of the two tasks. Your body is your canvas, and it is up to you to be creative. 

Final Thoughts: Do I really need It?

Before running off to Sephora, hold on second. Face bronzers are a great way to accentuate your features. However, mismatching shades or messing up applications will only aid you in getting cast for ‘Annoying Orange.’ Bronzers are the best makeup for tan skin. They help even everything out and conceal out flaws in skin tone, shade, and much more. 

So, that’s all for now! We hope the information provided in this article will help you choose the right bronzer for your skin tone. Thank you for reading and staying glowing!

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