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Fair-skinned gals who struggle to tan know the importance of bronzer in the summer, but they aren’t the only ones who can benefit. Bronzer for dark skin may not get quite as much hype, but we’re here to tell you it can totally upgrade your summer makeup look—and your everyday makeup any time of year, for that matter. After all, sun-kissed skin is a look that never fails—not to mention, the right bronzer can do wonders for defining your facial features. Piqued your interest? Below, we’re breaking down how to use bronzer if you have a deep skin tone and sharing our best bronzer for dark skin. Let’s get to it!
Learning to use bronzer for dark skin tones is all about combining the right bronzer with the right technique. If you’re using the same bronzer as your friends with pale skin, you definitely won’t be getting that gorgeous, bronzed makeup look you’re after. Here are three tips to keep in mind.
When it comes to choosing a bronzer shade, you’ll want to reach for an option that’s one to two shades darker than your skin tone. Aside from skin tone, keep your undertones in mind as well. Those with dark skin tones often have warm undertones—although that isn’t always the case—which would mean you’ll want to steer clear of cool-toned bronzers. Bronzers with cool tones can create the appearance of ashy skin, and who wants that? Of course, like we said, not everyone with dark skin tones has warm undertones. To determine your undertones once and for all, flip your wrist and look at the color of your veins. If they’re green, you have warm undertones. If they’re blue or purple, you have cool undertones!
When you have a dark skin tone, bronzer can be used to give your skin a beautiful glow rather than a tan. That means your best bet is to use a bronzer that has a shimmery finish rather than one with a matte finish. This will highlight your features and leave you with a radiant complexion.
Bronzer doesn’t need to be swept all over your face. If that were the case, you might as well use a darker foundation or self-tanner! Instead, you’ll want to focus the product on a few key spots. Apply your bronzer on your cheekbones, temples, and jawline for a balanced, bronze look.
Now that you know how to apply bronzer on dark skin, you may be ready to scope out the perfect product to get your bronze on. Lucky for you, we know just the thing. Introducing our best bronzer for dark skin tones: the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer in Deep. This shimmer bronzer will leave your skin with an instant sun-kissed glow for a radiant, sculpted look. Even better—the powder formula is buildable, allowing you to easily customize the intensity based on your skin tone and desired look.
Of course, bronzer isn’t the only face makeup product for dark skin tones that can require a bit of extra beauty know-how. To up your makeup game all around, here are three face makeup tips for dark skin tones.
Those with dark skin tones tend to look ashy when they’re lacking moisture, which is just one reason to make sure you’re on top of moisturizing your skin. Beyond that, to avoid dry skin getting in the way of your makeup look, use a hydrating makeup primer as the first step in your makeup routine. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer perfects and illuminates while it hydrates for better makeup application.
While you may be scouring the shelves for foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone, you’ll actually want to use a concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin. This is because when applied correctly, a lighter concealer can brighten your face for a luminous complexion, disguising dark under-eye bags in the process. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage in an upside-down triangle under your eyes, on the center of your forehead, and on your chin.
Want to give yourself a faux flush? When you have dark skin, you can experiment with shades of blush that not everyone can pull off. A few favorites for dark skin tones? We love coral (like the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Fantastical), peach (like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Barely Blushing), and plum (like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Spiced Plum).
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