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The Best Bronzers For Deep Skin Tones

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Feb 12, 2021
The Best Bronzers For Deep Skin Tones

Warm up your complexion with these bronzers

A sunkissed glow never goes out of style. And if you’ve seen the way that Beyonce and Zendaya sculpt and shade their features to perfection, you know that bronzer is absolutely dazzling on deeper skin tones. It enhances the warmer tones in your skin while adding definition to the cheekbones and jawline… and creating a back-from-the-beach glow, wherever you go. That being said, you need the best bronzer shades to truly bring out your best features. One that won’t make you look cakey, ashy, or like you just rolled around in dirt… but a natural color that simply enhances your natural radiance. There’s always the Fenty Beauty faves that have never let you down, but you can also find some of the best bronzers for deep skin tones from your favorite Black-owned beauty brands! Shop our favorites on MIRA BEAUTY.

Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Mocha Mami by Fenty Beauty, $30

Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Mocha Mami by Fenty Beauty
Source: Fenty Beauty

“I use the darkest shade Mocha Mami! Works well, runs a little red in undertone but I’m fine with that cause it ensures it doesn’t look ashy! Only bronzer that’s ever worked for my dark skin!” Fenty Beauty is known as one of the most inclusive beauty brands in the world, and it’s not just the brand’s Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation that has an extensive shade range. Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer has 8 hues that work on all skin tones, and you can choose from a few that work for your deep skin. As our MIRA guest stated, Mocha Mami is the richest color that’s described as a “very deep shade with warm red undertones.” You can also try Coco Naughty, a deep shade with neutral undertones, or the tan-to-deep Caramel Cutie that’s ideal for either contouring or a simple touch of radiance. Did we mention that this bronzer is just really, really good? 90% of MIRA guests say Sun Stalk’r is blendable and creamy, while 93% agree that it’s long-lasting and does not have fallout. Pair this bronzer for deep skin with Fenty Beauty’s other inclusive offerings for Rihanna-approved glam like never before.

Sunlit Bronzer in Maui Nights by BECCA, $38

Sunlit Bronzer in Maui Nights by BECCA
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“I usually do cream and powder bronzer but I love this bronzer, my final touch to really bring my ‘touched by the sun’ look together.” Our deeper skinned MIRA guests are obsessed with the Sunlit Bronzer by BECCA, and we definitely don’t blame them. This buildable, creamy bronzer creates that beach-worthy glow for every season, and lights up your skin for both simple makeup looks and all-out glam. It features five colors, and the shades Maui Nights (rich sienna-bronze) and Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown) are ideal for deeper skin tones. Simply blend out across the cheekbones, forehead, jawline and nose to add instant sultry vibes to any makeup look, and know that you’ll never have to worry about looking “muddy” again. 97% of MIRA guests agree that Sunlit Bronzer is blendable, while 100% call it long-lasting and lightweight!

Bronzing Powder in Deep by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, $44

Bronzing Powder in Deep by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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If you needed convincing that the Bronzing Powder by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is one of the best bronzers for deep skin tones, just read the description on the brand’s website. This top-rated product is “formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown tones to create the most natural effect. It blends perfectly with all skin tones for a sunkissed glow and the buildable formula allows for a ‘deep tan’ look.” Sounds legit to us! Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is known for luxurious makeup products that are perfect for full glam, but this bronzer is also great for simple makeup looks. A few swipes can top off your everyday makeup for Zoom school, while you can also build it up to create the best Valentine’s Day makeup look for your beloved. Give your deep skin a touch of radiance with the shades Dark and Deep, and blend easy knowing that Bobbi Brown products will never let you down.

Glow Splendour Bronzer in Deep by Revolution Beauty, $12

Glow Splendour Bronzer in Deep by Revolution Beauty
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Revolution Beauty has been challenging industry norms since the brand was founded in 2014 - launching makeup and skincare products with wider shade ranges and powerhouse ingredients that take your complexion to the next level. We could talk forever about the brand’s vegan skincare products and body brushes that give a new meaning to “glow all out,” but first… let’s take a look at the Glow Splendour Bronzer. Many people with deeper skin tones struggle to find the best foundation shade, let alone a bronzer that’s rich enough to add warmth to the face without looking orange or ashy. But this Revolution Beauty favorite has six shades for deeper skin to create a healthy radiance and fake a sunkissed glow for every season. With a blendable formula that can be easily built up for a variety of looks, the Glow Splendour Bronzer may be used for a subtle touch of color, dramatic contour, and anything in-between. It’s only one of the top Revolution Beauty products that’s gorgeous for your rich complexion, and it’s about to become your new favorite beauty line for deeper skin tones!

Hoola Matte Bronzer in Toasted by Benefit, $30

Hoola Matte Bronzer in Toasted by Benefit
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“This is the best bronzer hands down! Very buildable, and super pigmented. Blends extremely well! It’s been my fave for years! Always in my makeup bag!” Yes, there are a lot of exclamation points in this MIRA review… but they’re earned. Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit is a cult favorite bronzer that’s beloved by beauty influencers and makeup artists around the world. The natural finish looks simply radiant on your deeper skin and creates an enviable lit-from-within glow, and will never just look like powder sitting on top of your cheeks. Use it to create a sunkissed look year-round by sweeping across your forehead and jawline - or do your best contour along the cheekbones for dreamy definition. Hoola Matte Bronzer is available in four shades, and Toasted is one of the best bronzers for deep skin that will enhance your complexion to influencer levels of beachy glam. 99% of MIRA guests say that this Benefit classic is long-lasting and smooth, while 94% agree that it’s blendable and creamy!

Powder Bronzer in Mahogany by Anastasia Beverly Hills, $28

Powder Bronzer in Mahogany by Anastasia Beverly Hills
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“I love this! A little goes a long way, it’s very pigmented so be careful not to get too much on the brush! It leaves such a natural bronze effect and blends well.” Anastasia Beverly Hills isn’t just known for their Dipbrow Pomade and eyeshadow palettes, but also the incredible bronzer that goes with these products. This powder bronzer provides a natural matte finish that creates a sunkissed look - fitting for the LA vibe that emits from all the beauty influencers who wear it. And the shade Mahogany is a rich brown that’s ideal for deeper skin tones. Bronze, blend, and beautify as you channel your inner influencer with this finely milled powder, which 100% of MIRA guests say is lightweight and smooth, and 92% agree is blendable!

Bronzer Powder in Punta Cana by NARS, $38

Bronzer Powder in Punta Cana by NARS
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Shimmer enthusiasts will be obsessed with the Bronzer Powder by NARS - with four shades that leave a luminous finish and 100% natural glow. The brand describes the Punta Cana shade as a “diffused rich mahogany brown with gold shimmer,” and it will look positively radiant on your deep skin. Punta Cana is a sunny vacation spot, after all, and you’ll be feeling those island vibes with a sunkissed glow for every season. Those with deeper skin can also choose Casino, a deep brown with golden shimmer, to enhance their look - without any fear of cakiness or cluster due to the finely milled powder. Only the best from a luxury makeup brand like NARS. This bronzer looks even better when paired with the Powder Blush in Exhibit A, a bright red shade that’s a top blush for deeper skin tones.

Bronzer in Out of Office by Mented Cosmetics, $22

Bronzer in Out of Office by Mented Cosmetics
Source: Mented Cosmetics

Mented Cosmetics is an inclusive, Black-founded beauty brand made specifically for women of color. While it started as a quest to find the ideal nude lipstick for deeper skin tones, it’s expanded into an upscale makeup brand that includes foundation, eyeshadow, and you guessed it… bronzer! As women of color, Mented Cosmetics founders KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson understand the struggle of finding the best bronzer for deeper skin tones. That’s why the Bronzer by Mented is blendable, buildable, and perfectly pig(Mented) to look gorgeous on deeper skin. Infused with Vitamins A & E to nourish, you can sculpt and define your features with four shades that cater to multiple shades of deeper skin. Vacay is a medium to deep color that’s ideal for contouring, while Out of Office is the deepest shade for melanin-rich complexions. Mented Cosmetics is one of MIRA’s favorite Black-owned vegan beauty brands, and you can pair your bronzer with the brand’s blush, foundation, eyeshadow and more!

True Complexion Contour Palette by Black Radiance, $4

True Complexion Contour Palette by Black Radiance
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“The new #blackradiance contour palette is LIT! I've been loving how it adds dimension to the face and the shades actually run dark enough to actually sculpt!” Jackie Aina said it about the True Complexion Contour Palette by Black Radiance a few years back, and it’s just as true today! Bronzer is even better when accompanied by highlighter and blush, and the shades in True Complexion are unlike most others you’ll find in a contour palette. They step away from the million shades of brown for touches of cocoa, burnt orange, and gold. It may only include three shades to bronze, sculpt, and highlight - but it defines your deeper skin to perfection and accentuates your features like never before. Jackie has been open about her struggles to find beauty products (especially bronzer) for her skin tone, and you can always trust her (and MIRA!) to provide the best inclusive and high-quality products for your deeper skin.

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer in Toffee Tease by Fenty Beauty, $32

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer in Toffee Tease by Fenty Beauty
Source: Fenty Beauty

We’re back with more faves from Fenty, because come on… when has Rihanna ever done you wrong? Cheeks Out is a MIRA favorite for many reasons, one of which is that we can never get enough cream makeup products. This light-as-air texture melts into the skin for an ultra-natural, glowing look - without the streakiness or fallout that often accompanies powder beauty products. You’ll be the actual definition of “fresh-faced” with this silky and smooth formula that could totally pass for a natural tan, and in true Fenty fashion...there are many hues to choose from. Toffee Tease is the richest color that provides a contour or subtle bronze for the deepest complexions, while Teddy and Chocolate are ideal for medium to deep skin tones. 98% of MIRA guests agree that Cheeks Out is mega-blendable, and you’ll find many other glowing (pun intended) reviews on this bronzer within the beauty community.


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