Yes, Dark Skin Tones Can Wear Bronzer—These Shades Are Proof

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Let's clear something up first—there's a big misconception that bronzers aren't made for women with dark skin tones. This is because old-school bronzers from way back in the day would often look oddly orange or chalky on deep complexions. At the time, those bronzers were solely made for tanning purposes on lighter skin tones. Brown girls deserve a beachy glow, too.

Fortunately, that's not the case anymore, thanks to innovative formulas that add warmth and definition to dark skin tones. Whether it's a powder, cream, or velvety texture, there are hardworking bronzers out there that'll impart a striking sun-kissed glow on every shade of brown. Trust us on this one.

Ahead are the best bronzers for dark skin tones.

Best Overall: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

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Meet my favorite bronzer of all time. This gem from Guerlain is a cult product among celeb makeup artists because it will contour, sculpt, and bronze your skin at the same time for an all-around sun-kissed glow. I use it every day. 

Best Budget: Rimmel Natural Bronzer Sun Bronze

For just $4, opt for a rich radiance from this Rimmel classic. If you truly want to look sunlit, layer it up on your cheekbones. 

Best Splurge: Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo

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We get that the price tag is a little discouraging, but your skin deserves to beam to the heavens above. The bottom shade is a gorgeous golden hue that pairs nicely with dark skin tones. Plus, you can make it pop with the above pearlescent hue for a multidimensional radiance.

Best Lightweight: Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer

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This finely milled, gel-based texture allows you to dust this onto your skin for a lit-from-within glow. This caramel tone looks especially gorgeous against dark skin tones. Your skin will look warm and radiant without the residue that's often left behind from heavy powder formulas.

Best Texture: Dior Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze

Dior Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze

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If you're a fan of velvety formulas, this bronzing powder will deliver a healthy-looking glow on dark skin tones. It feels weightless and is full of sheer pigments that won't leave an ashy cast on your skin. 

Best Sheer Finish: Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder

Iman has created products with women of color in mind since the company's inception. Sweep this bronzer all over to enhance the warmth of your skin. Or build it up on the high points of your face for a more noticeable glow.

Best Creamy Formula: Becca Cosmetics Becca Sunlit Bronzer Maui Nights

Becca Cosmetics Becca Sunlit Bronzer Maui Nights

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Becca is a brown girl's dream. In fact, the brand is at the top of the running with the largest shade range of highlighters out right now. This extension of its cult Shimmering Skin Perfector will give your skin a show-stopping glow. Its creamy formula allows you to amp it up to your liking.

Best Natural Ingredients: RMS Beauty Contour Bronzer

RMS Beauty Contour Bronzer

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Rose-Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty, created this bronzer specially for dark skin tones. You can trust that it's made with all-natural ingredients and it'll glide right on like a second skin. It imparts a starry glow that'll also deliver definition for contouring purposes. 

Best Palette: E.l.f. Bronzer Palette Deep Bronze

E.l.f. Bronzer Palette Deep Bronze

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Customize your glow-up with a combination of matte and shimmery textures in this palette. Whether you want to sculpt, highlight, or shade, these multitasking hues beautifully complement deep complexions.

Best for Red Undertones: Bobbi Brown Bronzer Deep

Bobbi Brown Bronzer Deep

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Calling all my brown beauties with red and brown undertones: You'll look like you just stepped off the beach with this bronzer. Apply it all over to enhance overall radiance or pile it up for a summery glow.

Best Sculpting: NARS Bronzer Powder

NARS Bronzer Powder

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You might not be on vacation, but that doesn't mean you can't have gorgeously tanned skin. There's a reason this bronzer is beloved by makeup artists and editors everywhere. It warms up your skin just enough for a freshly sculpted effect.

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