Top Bronzers For Fair Skin

Picking the right bronzer for pale skin can be a tricky business. It needs to be light enough to blend seamlessly with your complexion, warm but not too orange or red, and smoothly pigmented without being overpowering. And then there's the matter of shimmer - yay or nay? It's a minefield, littered with oompa loompa incendiary devices. This post is to help the melanin impaired among us. These are some of my favorite bronzers to use on fair skin like mine. And if you don't feel like reading today, scroll below to watch the video. 

Benefit Hoola Light

Man alive was this a long time coming! Benefit finally released a light version of their famous Hoola Bronzer and it's glorious. Totally matte, it has a smooth and blendable texture and the tone is gorgeously golden with a hint of olive. Not in the slightest bit orange or red, this one will suit the fairest of skins. 

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Medium Dark

Technically not a bronzer, this powder from MAC is a few shades darker than my skin and delivers a natural warmth. Going the 'face-powder-that's-too-dark-for-you' route is a great option because you get to decide on exactly how dark to go. The Mineralize Skinfinish powders are some of my favorite's for this purpose because the texture is smooth and buttery, the finish is matte but not dry and there's just the right level of pigmentation. 

Nars Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

This is an entirely new formula and shade from Nars, finer than the original bronzer with an almost creamy texture (but it's a powder). This shade is lighter than Laguna and totally matte. The slim packaging looks sleek is amazing for travel or popping in your handbag. 

Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronze - Light Matte

I've really struggled to find good bronzers from the drugstore so unfortunately, this is the only one to make the list (although since publishing this tonnes of you have recommended the Body Shop's Honey Bronze so I'll be checking that out). This comes in matte or shimmer textures and I usually opt for the matte; I like to have control over the shimmer placement on my face, thank you very much. This has a warmer tone than the others on this list and can read a tad orange on very fair skin, but the texture and blend-ability is spot on. Packaging is pants and will definitely fall apart within three uses. 

Clarins Bronzing Duo #3

What an underrated brand Clarins is! They have some fabulous skincare and makeup but a terrible marketing department. This bronzer is pretty bloody lovely. The tone is neutral; not too cool, not too warm, with a smooth matte texture. Dual shades means you can customise the depth of colour around your face, perhaps going deeper under the cheekbones and lighter everywhere else. The packaging is great, the product is great; why aren't we using this brand more?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Last but not least is the Bronze & Glow, a two in one bronzer and highlight. This has a fabulous tone that's on the cooler spectrum, which I suspect is what makes it work as a contour on deeper skin tones. On my skin it reads as a soft and natural warmth, but it's the texture and pigmentation that really sets this apart. It is damn near impossible apply too much, it just refuses to look stripey. The packaging is the most luxe of all mentioned in this article, with Charlotte's signature golden era Hollywood aesthetic. All in all a fabulous product worthy of the hype.