IF you are looking for the single most important item in your makeup cabinet to give you an instant pick me up, then look no further than your bronzer. It is your bronzer and not your blush ladies! A simple sweep of your trusted bronzer on the high points of your face does wonders to wake your face up, to create definition, and to give your complexion an allover subtle warmth. I for one keep two shades of bronzers in my rotation, one for everyday use, and another darker shade that I save for nights out or for when I’m slightly more tanned during the summer. How do we choose the right shade of bronzer when there is so much to choose from? As a general rule of the thumb steer clear of anything too orange or too gray for obvious reason. A second rule is to always test out your bronzer in natural lighting to make a better informed decision. Other than that you need to determine your skin tone and choose your bronzer accordingly. For more on that read below.
Fair Skin Tones:
If you have fair skin don’t shy away from bronzer as we know people with fair skin find it tricky to find the right shades. Always look for a bronzer that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone and always apply with a light hand. To tone down the pink tint of your skin go for warm beige, and honey shades that have a hint of rose in them.
Medium Skin Tones:
Medium and light-to-medium complexions will also benefit from using bronzers that are a shade or two decimals darker than their natural colouring. Aim to find neutral bronzers that are not overly cool or warm as these will look the most natural. Avoid orange or red-toned bronzers as these will be too intense. Look for bronzers with shades of amber and golden tones to add some radiance.
Yellow Skin Tones:
Adding warmth to yellow skin tones is fairly difficult as these skin tones are considered naturally golden. The perfect bronzing shade for such a kind of skin should be a “neutral-to-cool muted brown or a hint of rosiness”. You should also look for a sheer texture that gives off a diffused finish.
Olive Skin Tones:
Those with olive or tanned skin tones can get away with wearing most bronzer shades, but it remains important for them to stay close to their natural colouring. They have the best skin tone to handle terracotta and anything with a hint of red in it.