Beauty Guide : Bronzers for Women of Colour

by - 11:30 AM

Hello Dolls and Gents, 

Being a women of colour, I tend to avoid certain makeup products because I believe that some products are not made for my skin tone. This is what I thought about bronzers, I wondered why do black people wear bronzer? We already have warmth in our skin, so do we really need it? Well, after a lot of research and reading I have come to a conclusion, YESSS, black people can wear bronzer, so why don't they?

Many black women and men do not wear bronzer because they believe that they are just adding another layer of brown that is not going to do anything for them. However, it really helps enhance your skin tone and bring warmth back to your skin tone again. 

Now, I think the real issue is that many black women and men do not know how to choose the right bronzer shade. This creates barriers to try the products because after a while you will give up and that is exactly what I did. 

When choosing your bronzer, remember these two things: 
  • Pick a colour that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone, NO MORE THAN TWO SHADES 
  • Go for sheer bronzers, do not use a matte bronzer it will make your skin look dirty 
Now, that I have given you some tips about bronzer for women of colour, here are some bronzer recommendations that is women of colour friendly. Lets begin...

CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer 

CoverGirl says that is a mineral-enriches formula that pampers skins and controls oil, for a sun-kissed glow with the skin. This bronzer is for dark beautifully matches skins from Rich Sand to True Ebony. This pigmented bronzer has a little sparkle. It comes in three shades. 
  • Light Bronze - great for light to caramel complexion or a highlight for darker complexion 
  • Brown Bronze - great for caramel to dark complexions 
  • Ebony Bronze - great for dark to deep complexions 

SheaMoisture Illuminating Powder 

These bronzers are every girl dream because they are subtle bronzer that is not overly pigmented, with shimmer which is very finely milled. It comes in six shades. 
  • Tortola Tan 
  • Vantaula Nude 
  • Boracay Hibiscus 
  • Cinnamon Ceylon - great for golden highlight for darker complexions 
  • Havana Sunrise 
  • Mandaly Dusk - perfect for women who are NC50, NW45, NW47, NW50 and NW55

Black Radiance Artisan Colored Baked Bronzer 

Black Radiance says that this bronzer provides a streak free, light toasted looked. Helps create an illusion of sun drenched skin anywhere all year long. The specially formulated, terracotta baked, marbleized colour can be use dry with a loose powder brush or wet as a sheer cream that glides on to add more intense colour and shimmer to the face. It comes in four shades. 
  • Blackberry - great for dark skin to deep skin : for deep colour and striking bone structure 
  • Rum Spice - great for tan skin to dark skin : combine golden and bronzer hues which works to beautifully highlight darker skin tones 
  • Caramel - great for medium to tan skin : gorgeous on sandy complexions 
  • Gingersnap - great for light to medium skin : highlights warm, honey complexions 

NARS Bronzing Powder 

According to NARS, this bronzing powder creates the ultimate health glow. Diffused powder with golden shimmer create an all over warmth or contour for the face, perfect for creating or enhancing the look of tanned skin. Finely milled powder that fills in lines and pores for a smoother, more even looking complexion. It comes in three shades. 
  • Laguna - great for light to tan complexions 
  • Irresistiblement - great for tan to caramel complexions 
  • Casino - great for caramel to dark complexions 

MAC Bronzing Powder 

According to MAC, this is a subtly tinted powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour effect and highlights. Perfect for enhancing skin tone; providing a natural, skin-kissed look; or accentuating a tan. It comes in four shades. 
  • Bronze 
  • Golden
  • Matte Bronze 
  • Refined Golden - great for women of colour 

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 

According to Sephora, this terracotta bronzing powder create natural looking bronzed look. Warm or enhance your natural complexion with this fine powder, enriched with hydrating ingredients so it goes on seamlessly never leaving orange colouring, lines or marks. It comes in seven shades. 
  • 00
  • 01
  • 02
  • 03
  • 04
  • 05
  • 07
  • 08 

Black Opal Color Fusion Mosaic Bronzer 

According to Black Opal, this mosaic bronzer creates natural looking sun kissed colour. Adds a hint of colour to enhance skin tone or highlight and contour face adding dimension. These flattering colour combinations are complimentary to all skin tones. 

Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Illuminating Powder 

According to Fashion Fair, this bronzer brightens up the skin with this silky, shimmering mineral-based formula that delivers a sun-kissed look. It comes in four shades. 
  • Air
  • Sun 
  • Metallic 
  • Earth 

black|Up Sublime Powder 

According to black|Up, this gorgeous new powder texture: silky and ultra-fine, it blends into skin to create flawless, warm glow. Thanks to a balanced proportion of pigments and shimmers, the formula does not turn white, even on darker skin, ensuring an instant health glow! Formulated according to yellow/orange/red undertones to give an incredible luminous result. It comes in five shades. 
  • NPS01
  • NPS02
  • NPS03
  • NPS04
  • NPS05

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder 

According to Sephora, this bronzing powder is formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown tones  to create the most natural effect. It blends perfectly with all skintones for a sun-kissed glow and buildable formula allows for a "deep tan" look. It comes in four shades, two shades perfect for women of colour. 
  • Dark  
  • Deep 
Hope this post was helpful to many women and men trying to buy bronzers. If you enjoyed this content, please comment, +1'd, and share. If  you have any requests, please leave them in the comment section below. 

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