How to choose the right bronzer for your skin

All bronzers are not made equal - it’s all about the undertone! So how do you work out if you’re a golden girl or a deep diva? We explain all…

Even as we head into colder months and the weather is more grey than gorgeous, you can still fake a golden glow like you’re back from a winter sun getaway in the Caribbean. A sweep of the right tone bronzer can be a total beauty game changer for every skin tone from pale olive to deep olive, so let’s get glowing!

But, how do you find the right shade? Simply suss your skin tone and what it naturally does when you’ve been in the real sun to find the right bronzer for you:


How does your skin react to the sun?

Think about when you were last on a lounger (OK, it might have been a while) but how quickly did you tan? If you only have to look at the sun to get sunkissed you probably want to look for a warmer tone bronzer – one with a golden tone.

If you tried for days to get some colour but ended up burning and as pale as ever, you probably have cool undertones, therefore you should be looking for a peach or orange hue as this will complement the cooler tones of your skin.


How does your skin react to jewellery?

Another tip is to look in your jewellery box - what do you have most of gold or silver? If you think golden jewellery suits you best, you will probably suit a product with warm undertones. If silver seems to suit then you’re likely to look great with a cooler tone.

Quick go-to guide

Warm olive undertones: Lucky you! Most shades of bronzers will work on your skin tone. But to really compliment golden shades are your go to.

Cool olive undertones: If you think you have cool undertones, peachy keen is the most flattering tone for you.


Neutral olive undertone: Finding the right shade can be harder if you have neutral undertones to your skin. A good trick it to swap your bronzer for a pressed powder or look for a bronzer with golden tones. Experiment with a multi-tone palette until you find your most flattering.

Spotlight: Fatima Truscott @the_ft_times reveals her favourite bronzer

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“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


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“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


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