Once you know how to apply a bronzer, it will be a staple in your makeup routine. Bronzer is the best makeup product that makes your face look small, slim, firm and multidimensional. Bronzer helps accentuate your cheekbones and jaw line. But actually, face contouring is not a one-size-fits-all practice. The fair skinned can go wrong with contouring as it is difficult to find the correct shade. Even some contouring products that are labeled as "light color" usually look muddy on lighter skin. There are brighter side, darker side, and bright-dark boundaries on our face. The greater the contrast, the more multi-dimensional the contours of the face. Since the face contours of each person are different, the contouring techniques are slightly different, so is the choice of shade. Professional makeup artist Perin Sidhu said that the purpose of contouring is to hide certain features. To do that best, the fair skinned should choose golden and other warm undertones. Avoid choosing cooler shades, because it can make you look old, dull and sunken. Kelsey Deenihan, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, recommends the pale skinned to pick a lighter bronzer, which can add warm undertones and slight dark colors to the desired area. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo said that the purpose of contouring is to create a multi-dimensional look. Apply natural bronzing powder at those angles, "Brown bronzing powder can add warmth to pale skin."
After testing a host of bronzers for fair skin and reading many customer reviews as well as expert tips, we’ve rounded up 10 best bronzers for you. They’re definitely worth a try and we bet you’ll be surprised by the results.View More
Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder is a finely-milled formula that can even out the skin tone for a natural, multi-dimensional finish. The pleasantly-scented bronzer is formulated with simple ingredients, making it safe for sensitive skin. Aside from vitamins, the product also contains golden minerals that bring out the beauty of the effects of sun on skin. It is available 4 shades, of which the shade 001soft sunrise is perfect for fair skin, leaving a natural, soft and healthy finish. The bonzer comes in a small and exquisite silver packaging. It features 4 tones in one compact and an embossed “NUDE” pattern. However, this bronzer does not come with a brush. In a nutshell, Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder is a good option for personal use and gift giving.
Charlotte Tilbury (CT) is often considered an affordable alternative of Tom Ford. Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour is a hero product of CT. It combines highlighter and bronzer in one compact to help contour the face. The finely-milled, smooth formula blends seamlessly. Thanks to the moderate pigment, it can easily create a natural finish. Also, the tightly pressed powder never causes fallout. This product is available in 2 shades: MEDIUM TO DARK, slightly darker; LIGHT TO MEDIUM, suitable for light to medium skin tones. The bronzer is a gray-toned powder that ends up with a subtle orange tinge after being spread. Be sure to control the amount when applying. The highlighter comes with warm undertones that are great to use on any skin tones. Plus, the product is formulated with safe ingredients, but women during pregnancy should think through the purchase before buy. In a nutshell, Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour is a good option for daily commutes.
HOURGLASS is a makeup brand favored by mature ladies. Ambient Lighting Blush is one of its well-known products, which combines blush and highlighter in one. Ambient Lighting Bronzer launched later is also a perfect combination of bronzer and highlighter, which features a distinctive texture similar to that of marble’s.
Ambient Lighting Bronzer is a finely-milled formula that contains glitter particles for a luminous finish without accentuating lines and pores. This moderately pigmented bronzer is great to contour the cheeks, but may look a bit bright on the of sides of the nose and chin. It is available in 4 shades including diffused, luminous, nude, and radiant, among which the shade diffused is more suitable for fair skin, leaving a multi-dimensional, natural and seamless finish. Also, the long-lasting bronzer will not cause dryness for people with dry skin. One customer on Sephora wrote, “The glow is REAL...Fine on fair skin...I can't even express how good this is, I use it every time I do my makeup, works wonderfully by itself or even layered on top of a different bronzer (I use nars casino) for a finishing touch, this is a staple in my makeup routine...I honestly had my eye on this bronzer for months, watched every you tube video.” Plus, it should be noted that Ambient Lighting Bronzer is a random blend of bronzer and highlighter. Sometimes it can only be used as a highlighter.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer has been popular for years and is a cult-favorite of models and makeup artists. The finely-milled formula glides on effortlessly and blends easily to create a long-lasting finish. It features a subtle, pleasant scent. Hoola Matte Bronzer is available in 4 shades, of which the shade Hoola Lite is perfect for fair skin. The matte bronzer blends perfectly into skin. It can be applied on cheeks or eyes to contour you face for a multidimensional look. Easy to use and beginner-friendly, our tester said, “The original shade of Hoola is flattering on all skin tones. It also has a silky-smooth texture and blends seamlessly.” However, Hoola Lite is moderately pigmented, so it’s not recommended for dark skin. The bronzer comes in a small case with retro patterns and also comes with a brush and a mirror for on-the-go use.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour is a finely-milled, comfortable bronzer perfect for fair skin. It contains golden particles that can give a clear, luminous, natural, healthy and seamless finish. New York-based makeup artiest Ingeborg said, “It's so, so subtle, but instantly makes your skin look so healthy-looking.” Without any irritating ingredients, this product can be used safely by all skin types, even sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. It comes in 5 shades, among which the shade LIGHT is perfect for the very fair skinned. Since it’s a light color, the LIGHT is great to use for light makeup, delivering a multi-dimensional look. This pearlescent product is easy to apply and blend as well as filling in pores and fine lines. If you want to create a sun-kissed look, apply multiple layers with small amounts. The powder comes in a wavy chip look with a subtle, pleasant scent. It comes with a brush for on-the-go use. Simple yet exquisite, this bronzer is a good option for personal use and gift giving.
GUERLAIN Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder has been a bestseller since its debut in 1984. With an exquisite and elegant packaging, the lightweight bronzer delivers a clear, natural and seamless finish. The shimmer product can fill in the pores and fine lines. Formulate with natural Maroccan argan oil, it moisturizes the skin without causing dryness even for dry skin. Plus, it can create a natural and healthy finish, leaving your skin with sun-kissed radiance. What’s more, it naturally blends with blush, moderately brightens dull skin, and can also be used on many areas of the face, such as jawbone, the bridge of the nose, chin and forehead, to deliver a multi-dimensional look. After upgrading the formula, GUERLAIN renamed the product as TERRACOTTATHE BRONZING POWDER - 96% NATURALLY-DERIVED INGREDIENTS. The new formula comes in 6 shades, of which 00Light Cool and 01Light Warm are suitable for fair skin. Since they are light colors, these two shades can be used as powder foundation. It features great staying power, which can save you from touch-ups. Plus, there are some application tips on the official website to help you out.
As a professional makeup brand, Nars features a unique style as well as stylish and bold color scheme. The famous BRONZING POWDER is a finely-milled formula with a pearlescent finish. It can create a natural and multi-dimensional look. The nice blendable, highly pigmented bronzer is easy to apply with a fluffy brush. Excellent in contouring, this product is available in 4 shades, of which the shade LAGUNA is more suitable for dark skin. If you have fair skin, SAN JUAN will be your best bet. The shade can create a natural finish while filling in fine lines, minimizing pores, smoothing skin and evening out the skin tone. With Nars logo on the classic black packaging, this bronzer looks luxury and mysterious. However, since there is a layer of smooth film on the surface of the powder, it may be difficult to pick up the powder with a brush. Be sure to scrape off the film with a tissue or other objects before using. One customer on Sephora wrote, “That being said the Nars casino bronzer is AMAZING<3333 it's a serious daily item in my makeup routine I LOVE it on myself & clients it just looks great(: I recommend it to anyone wanting to try a new bronzer, start a new bronzer or want to try NARS for the first time...I first got this bronzer in a set with the orgasm blush and super orgasm lip.”
Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer is one of the bestselling TARTE’s contouring products, which was recommended by Emma Watson. The smooth, lightweight and highly-pigmented powder is super long-lasting and easy to apply. This natural bronzer is perfect for all skin tones. It’s not pearlescent, making it easy to create a natural matte finish. Gently buff onto your chin and nose to give a more multi-dimensional look especially in the sun. Dermatologist-tested, the bronzer contains safe ingredients. It has a strong coconut scent. Infused with Amazonian clay and minerals, the bronzer works to soothe and moisturize the skin. It also contains antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental aggressors and reduce the burden on the skin. The waterproof bronzer is favored by many female consumers. When your crush invites you to a pool party, you should also want to look like a glowing goddess. The bronzer comes in a champagne, leather-like packaging that looks unique and comfortable. One customer left her review, “I have such pale skin and this bronzer is fantastic. It isn't orange and it isn't too dark - although if you keep applying it, it will get darker. Which is a huge plus in the summer when I get all of my freckles. It also applies so effortlessly and looks like a legit sun-kissed glow. This is my new fave bronzer!”
Too Faced features a retro and sweet style. It offers a wide range of products that smell like food. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer contains cocoa powder, which creates a sweet chocolate smell, sought after by a lot of girls. Inspired by chocolate, this bronzer is available in three shades: Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Soleil and Dark Chocolate. With moderate pigment, Milk Chocolate is more suitable for people with fair skin, delivering a natural, clear finish even if you apply too much. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a finely-milled, smooth powder that is tightly pressed and bendable to contour the nose and cheeks. It can create a matte finish, but if you’re looking for a luminous finish, blend it with the shades chocolate and dark chocolate of Sun Bunny Bronzer. This product smells like milk chocolate and comes in a chocolate macaron-like packaging. However, some customers complained about its overly sweet scent. Besides, some users reported that it’s difficult to open it.
As one of the star products from Physicians Formula, Butter Bronzer is a go-to of contouring newbies. Many beauty bloggers like to compare the bronzer with its competitors from NARS, Too Faced and Benefit. This finely-milled powder can create a matte, pearlescent finish in the sun. Thanks to the moderate pigment, it can be applied with a single swipe or layered together. This bendable product is a good option for beginners. Infused with Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter, this product feels soft and comfortable without causing caking or creasing or over-drying. It smells like a coconut-flavored cookie. Our tester said, “I like the understated glow it produces, how it adds freshness to the skin, and the relaxing scent makes me think of beach vacations!” Butter Bronzer is available in 8 shades, of which Light Bronzer, Bronzer and Deep Bronzer are great for fair skin. If you think these colors are too light, you can build them up to your desired effect. The packaging of this bronzer is printed with coconut trees, deliver a laid-back vibe. However, its powder is not pressed tightly, so it may cause fallout.
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