By Contributor: Mangali
Almost all of us are now familiar with bronzers, although some are yet to try out one or still really confused about whether they can pull it off! Bronzing powder can do wonders for your makeup but only if you can use them correctly! Bronzers are available in various forms such as bronzing pearls, compact, pressed powder, liquid etc. Here I am listing the best bronzers which are easily available in India and work really well for Indian skin tones be it fair, medium or dark. Listing down the price list too so you can pick any from drugstore or high end depending on your budget.
There are bronzers having fine or heavy shimmers in them are strictly meant for bronzing (which means adding a healthy warm sun kissed glow to the skin) Also there are the matte bronzers which double up as contouring products as. Bronzing with a shimmery bronzer using a fluffy brush can instantly uplift certain features
This one gives a gorgeous glow to the skin instantly. The TBS bronzing pearls are of warm bronze shade with a vivid orange undertone and contains shimmers but can no way be used for contouring. Dust it on your face lightly and enjoy the warm, soft sun kissed glow or use it as a warm blush to add a dimension to your cheeks. The Body Shop bronzer is nicely pigmented and is buildable and also blends well. The staying power is not very good. The plastic tub contains 28 grams of product which is going to last you ages! You can also try The Body Shop Deep Matte Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder.
MAC bronzing powders comes in 4 shades of which the Matte bronze is the most loved one! The shade is brown without any peach or orange undertone which makes it a perfect shade for contouring. The texture is smooth and not powdery. Perfectly matte! Applies evenly and the pigmentation is fairly decent. Stays well for 5+ hours. You can also try MAC Harmony blush.
Many of us did not have a clear idea about bronzers when Lakme came up with this bronzer + highlighter a few years ago. Soon it became a must have in a Bridal makeup kit! This highly pigmented colour rich bronzer gives a beautiful coppery-bronzy glow, which is absolutely exquisite for Indian brides. The texture is quite smooth and blends well. Contains visible shimmers which make it unsuitable for daily wear. Stays for around 3 hours on oily skin.
If you want to flaunt that lovely sun-kissed look without looking orange, here is what you are looking for! This natural looking, light weight bronzer adds the right amount of colour to the skin and provides decent amount of warmth as well. Comes in 3 different shades. No orange undertone. Hence gives a natural looking contour. This clinique bronzer is actually an all-rounder by itself. Also oil free and works for all skin types.
The shade Laguna is dark brown with warm orange-yellow undertones. Contains light golden shimmers which is not visible unless you look at it closely. Hence can be used for contouring. Works really well for Indian skin tone especially for dark olive toned skin. Suitable for contouring. One of the best bronzers for medium Indian skin.
Guerlain is best known for its powders and bronzers and this one is a lightweight, soft bronzing powder. Available in 6 shades. Sheer but easily buildable. Adds a lustrous glowing warmth to the skin. Blends into the skin seamlessly. It is enriched with nourishing ingredients that will not dry out the skin. A high end option indeed but worthy of the expense. Staying power is quite good. Stays for atleast 6 hours.
Comes in 3 shades called light, medium and dark. Dark is best suited for medium to dark Indian skin and works across skin tones. It is a chocolate brown shade with super fine shimmer which is never going to interfere your contouring. Powdery. No orange undertone. The fine shimmer looks exquisite on the skin. Being oil free, never makes the skin look patchy. Perfect for Indian skin tone and all skin types and guess what! Its long lasting.
A unique liquid bronzer from one of the leading drugstore brands in India. A liquid bronzer. Easy to apply. Texture is smooth, lightweight and blends effortlessly. Gives an even, satin like, natural looking glow to the face. Suitable for daily use. Long lasting. Beginners will find it extremely convenient to work with as it comes in a liquid form and never looks overdone even after layering. Work well for all skin types. Affordable.
A baked bronzer which you can use both wet and dry! Using it dry with a brush is recommended unless you want a super dramatic look. Highly pigmented and blends well. Soft to touch and it gives a healthy glow when brushed lightly. Affordable (as often available on discount online). It gives deeper skin tones a super attractive glow. One of the best budget bronzers for Indians.
It has 5 different shades which give comparable results. Each of them has several colours arranged in beautiful mosaic patterns in the pan. You need to swirl the brush all over to get the desired look! Overall it gives a beautiful healthy sun-kissed glow. Not highly pigmented but can be built up according to the requirement. The texture is satiny smooth. It basically provides a bronzed highlight to the face! The only downside is the staying power which is not that impressive.
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