Makeup Artist-Approved Natural Bronzers For EVERY Skin Tone

Pop quiz: What's harder than picking a bronzer that looks natural? Finding one that looks natural and is natural. (We'll give you a second to let that sink in.) Ready? Great.

Finding a good bronzer is tough enough: There's cream, liquid, powder; shimmer and matte; plus a variety of shades to choose from. And if you're in the market for something with a low preservative count and minimal carbon footprint? That's a tall order. Luckily, celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno took a break from her clients like Amanda Seyfried, Mindy Kaling, and Olivia Munn to put together a foolproof R29 guide for just this purpose.

Denno is known as the "green celebrity makeup artist," which means the majority of the products she uses hew as close as she can get to the natural side of the makeup spectrum, without sacrificing performance. Ahead, she's selected nine bronzers she loves (and organized them by skin tone and type) to make keeping your summer glow totally foolproof.
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Skin Tone: Fair
Skin Type: Dry

Bronzers can look streaky and obvious on pale skin, which makes choosing the right formula of utmost importance. For those with dry, fair skin, Denno recommends a creamy formula that can be mixed with your daily moisturizer. Simply blend a dab into lotion on the back of your hand and apply where the sun would hit your face naturally — forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin — using a sponge, like the Beautyblender.

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Skin Tone: Fair
Skin Type: Normal or combination

"Cream bronzers are more forgiving," Denno explains. "Wait a minute for the moisturizer to sink in, then apply with either a small stippling brush, lightly tapping it into the skin; or with clean fingertips, pressing it into cheeks, along the brow bones, hairline, and wherever else it's needed."

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Skin Tone: Fair
Skin Type: Oily or acne-prone

Denno's trick for fair skin that tends to get oily? "I often prefer to simply use a darker loose or pressed powder — not one specifically designated a bronzer," Denno says. Then, she suggests giving the skin a spritz of toner to add a little dewiness. For day, Denno suggests Alima Pure's powder in Keiko or Ami. For night, you can opt for one with shimmer, like the Radiant Finishing Powder in Augusta.

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Skin Tone: Medium
Skin Type: Dry

Have dry skin? The same rules apply to medium skin tones as fair, but you can skip the lotion step (you don't want to sheer out the color too much). Simply pick a creamy formula and dab onto skin using a Beautyblender.

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Skin Tone: Medium
Skin Type: Normal or combination

Opt for a creamy formula, like this one from fellow makeup artist Kjaer Weis. Just press it on as the last step in your face makeup routine.

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Skin Tone: Medium
Skin Type: Oily or acne-prone

The biggest reason that your bronzer gets streaky? You're not letting your moisturizer or foundation properly dry. "Powder bronzer must be applied to a dry face," Denno says. "This means a face oil or moisturizer must be given plenty of time to soak in. And if you're more on the oily side, using a blotting paper to remove any excess oil on the skin will help your bronzer to look even and not streaky or clumpy."

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Skin Tone: Deep
Skin Type: Dry

"This bronzer is great because it imparts a lot of moisture and color," Denno says about this one from RMS. It has quite a bit of finely micronized shimmer, so apply only to the apples of cheeks, down the bridge of the nose, on the inner corners of eyes, and on the cupid's bow. Use a light touch for day, but feel free to use a heavier hand when you want to glow after sunset.

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Skin Tone: Deep
Skin Type: Normal or combination

You can add dimension to deep skin tones by lightly patting a creamy formula on the cheeks, forehead, and down the bridge of the nose. Denno prefers Vapour's stick formula in Spicy, always making sure to go back over the areas with a damp sponge so there are no patchy areas. Want some nighttime shimmer? Top cheekbones with the RMS bronzer on the slide before this, Denno says.

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Skin Tone: Deep
Skin Type: Oily or acne-prone

Those with deep skin tones can benefit from a sheer powder bronzer in a slightly darker shade than their natural complexion. Denno's partial to Nvey Eco's shine-busting formula. "Pick a medium-density fluffy brush, slightly bigger than the apple of your cheek," Denno explains. "Swirl the brush into your bronzer, tapping off the excess, or swirling it onto a tissue, then beginning on the forehead or cheekbones, begin lightly sweeping the color onto skin on the planes where sun would naturally hit."

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