It’s that time of year again: my Instagram feed is flooded with posts talking about bronzers and self-tanners to get that sun-kissed glow in a safe way. However, very rarely do these posts talk about bronzers for dark skin.
This is partly because, unfortunately, being darker is still stigmatized within POC communities. I remember getting very dark as a child on summer vacations and being teased for it. It’s also partly because many companies exclude dark-skinned POC from their shade ranges altogether.
I love bronzer, though, and I use it every day year round. It adds warmth and radiance and dimension to the complexion. Now that I have a handful of bronzers that work for me, I thought I’d share the ones that work on my skin tone (for reference, I’m probably about a MAC NC-50). Also, this post doesn’t include swatches because they weren’t picking up on camera and would therefore be completely useless.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in 08 Ebony // I recently found out that this particular shade is discontinued, which I am extremely sad about because it’s just lovely. Although Guerlain classifies it as cool, I find it leans more neutral on me, making it versatile enough that I can bronze or contour with it. Luckily, Guerlain still makes shade 09, which is darker and warmer than this one, so they still do cater to dark skin…just in a more limited way. My one complaint is that the formula is a little bit stiff, but that makes it harder to overdo it.
CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze// Side note – can brands please get more creative with the shade names? This is the second “ebony” bronzer in my collection, but that’s a whole different rant… This bronzer is virtually impossible to get in Canada
because black people apparently don’t exist up here, but it’s super beautiful. It’s very similar in tone to the Guerlain bronzer – maybe a smidge darker and shot with more gold shimmer, but the shimmer doesn’t register on my skin. Like the Guerlain bronzer, the formula is somewhat stiff, but less so.
Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Maui Nights// The newest to my little collection and the inspiration for this post, Maui Nights is freaking dreamy. It’s much warmer than the other two, so I like to bring it higher up on my cheeks, almost like I would a blush. The formula is silky and soft, and the gold shimmer throughout it creates a radiance throughout it. Because it’s so warm, it certainly doesn’t work with every look, but I’ve found myself reaching for this most days recently.
Also, it’s so lovely to see brands coming out with new bronzers for dark skin. Artemis agrees.