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There’s a weird misconception that bronzers are only for the fairest of faces, but the truth is that they can transform any complexion. In fact, they look especially good on those with darker skin tones. Bronzers have a variety of uses—you can sweep them all over for a deep flush of color, or you can use them in concentrated areas to help sculpt and chisel your face. They're even good for adding depth and dimension underneath your blush. So truly, the possibilities are endless.
That being said, you may still be wondering what bronzer will work best for your dark skin. That’s what we're here for. Ahead, we've rounded up a list of the Top 10 bronzers out there for dark skin, from deep, creamy shades that double as contour products to sheer, shimmery hues that perfectly emulate a post-vacay glow. No matter your budget, skin tone, or beauty goals, there's a bronzer on this list for you.
How We Found The Best Bronzers For Dark Skin Tones
To round up this list, we tapped our data-driven algorithm that ranks and scores products by factoring in best-selling buzz, editor recommendations, rave reviews, and more. The result? An unbiased selection of the best bronzers out there for dark skin, none of which you'll find yourself wanting to return after one wear.
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August 31, 2021
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer In Radiant Bronze Light
WHAT IT DOES: Formulated with Photoluminescent Technology, this genius bronzer contains optically transparent particles that transform the look of skin by manipulating and refracting light to emphasize your best features.
HELPFUL TIP: Lightly apply it all over the face for a sunkissed look, or use a brush and let it serve as a subtle contour along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline.
Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream
BEST FOR CONTOURING
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Despite how intense this bronzer looks, it's actually one of the most breathable and buildable on the list. It also has a unique cream-to-powder consistency, so it wears more like a durable powder than a cream that feels like it'll slide off your face.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Use Huda's handy dual-ended brush to apply it—the smaller end is perfect for precise application, while the larger, fluffier end is ideal for blending and buffing.
Bobbi Brown Bronzer In Deep
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This natural-looking bronzer has a mix of brown and red hues, just like a real tan. And since it’s buildable, you can make it as subtle or intense as you'd like.
AS SEEN ON: This one's a staple in Yara Shahidi's routine.
Guerlain Terracotta Sunkissed Natural Bronzer Powder
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: With just a few swipes, this cult-favorite bronzer can help you fake a post-vacation glow. It's formulated with a hint of shimmer and a texture that gently clings to the skin, preserving its natural texture.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Formulated with Moroccan argan oil, this bronzer is super hydrating and won't leave your skin feeling dry.
Urban Decay Cosmetics Beached Bronzer In Bronzed
WHO IT'S FOR: For those who prefer that all-over glow, look no further. Urban Decay's Beached Bronzer was made for head-to-toe use, providing foolproof, streak-free application and a just-back-from-the-beach bronze no matter where you apply it.
HELPFUL TIP: Try using it wet for even longer wear.
Nars Bronzer Powder In Punta Cana
BEST FOR WARM UNDERTONES
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Complete with pretty flecks of gold shimmer, this cult-favorite bronzer provides the skin with a warm, gorgeous glow that looks like it actually came from the sun. We're not surprised it has over 3,500 rave reviews at Sephora.
USER REVIEW: "Absolutely love this! I tried it on at the store and instantly noticed how my skin went from dull to glowing and flawless-looking. This is a must-have for the summer!
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer In Toasted
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Don't let the small size fool you. According to the reviews, a little goes a long way with this super pigmented bronzer. The rich, velvety formula applies smoothly without slipping—even on moisturized skin—and has just the right amount of red to complement even the deepest skin tones.
USER REVIEW: "Before I tried the Hoola Matte Bronzer, I believed nothing beneficial could come of me using a bronzer. But then I got it as a birthday gift about a year ago, tried it, and fell head over heels in LOVE with it! I plan on buying the limited jumbo version soon!"
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This lightweight, non-greasy formula is perfect for summer—it's water-resistant, so it won't budge through sweat or splashes. Even better? It comes in seven universally flattering shades.
HELPFUL TIP: For a flawless finish, apply this cream bronzer in natural light where the sun naturally hits your face.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer In Deep Bronzer
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Buildable and buttery, this good-smelling bronzer delivers a hybrid of cream and powder. Infused with murumuru butter, cupuaçu butter, and tucuma butter, the moisturizing formula applies silky and smooth—never cakey or cracked.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Reviewers often compare this formula to formula BECCA's Sunlit Bronzer. It has the same creamy consistency and lit-from-within results, sans the $38 price tag.
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer
WHY IT MADE THE LIST Riri spent two years formulating this bronzer, which is dedication if we've ever seen it. Her iconic formula delivers a feathery-light feel and transfer-resistant finish, and thanks to its natural look, it's practically impossible to overdo it.
USER REVIEW: "I was looking for a bronzer, but none of the ones I bought were a good match. I remembered Fenty having a line of products for women of color and decided to give it a try. With Covid being a factor in going to the store, I answered the questions for the color match and purchased based on the suggestions. I can say it was a MATCH. Thank you, Rihanna, for your vision."
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