"One of the biggest myths of the beauty industry is that people of color already have naturally bronzed skin, so they have no use for bronzer," makeup artist Kilprity Moore tells us. "But if you look hard enough, there are amazing bronzers for everyone."
Highlighting powders can sometimes look too milled or too shiny on medium, dark, and deep complexions. But with bronzers, the formulas are typically warmer, meaning you can dust it on liberally for a glowing effect. So, maybe you don't necessarily need to fake a tan if you're already blessed with melanin — but everyone can score a good glow up. Ahead, get the details on the best bronzers for medium, deep, and dark skin tones.
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For Medium Skin
NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer
"I don't wear bronzer every day, so I appreciate an affordable option that gets the job done. This bronzer doesn't fade as the day goes on and gives my already-tan skin more of a sunny glow, which I appreciate year-round," — Thatiana Diaz, Refinery29 Beauty Writer.
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Iman Cosmetics Bronzer Sand
"The light-reflecting shimmer in this automatically gives you a great glow," says makeup artist Renny Vasquez, who's behind the looks of Serena Williams and Brandy.
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Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Deep Golden Brown
Toledo notes that a warm bronze is best for dark skin "so it doesn't look too ashy," she says.
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Guerlain Terracotta The Bronzing Powder
This best-seller is a favorite for a reason: It blends easily, creating a naturally chiseled face rather than a dark brown streak.
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For Deep Skin
NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino
"Try to avoid cool or olive bronzers that will make your complexion look muddy," Moore advises. "This one is super silky," Kilprity says. "It literally looks like a fresh tan!"
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Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer
Fenty's bronzer comes in 9 shades specifically catered to pop on all skin tones, but especially on dark complexions. The deepest shade, Mocha Mami, has red undertones and will chisel the richest skin colors.
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The Lip Bar Fresh Glow Bronzer
For its first non-lipstick launch, The Lip Bar entered the bronzer category. The new Fresh Glow range includes five new blush and bronzer duos. Each compact features a luminous bronzing powder and a highlighting blush that you can use to contour and highlight. The bronzer shade selection ranges from tan to deep, so a wide variety of brown complexions are covered.
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