Tips for Finding Your Best Bronzer

Bronzer and contour products have found a beloved spot in most of our makeup bags. And for good reason! They help define your best features, balance the face, and add dimension and warmth to your complexion.  But, with so many products out there all claiming to do similar things, how do you know which products and shades are right for you? That’s where our global educators come in.  They have put together tips on how to find the best bronzer for your skin tone.

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Best So-Bronze Bronzer for Your Skin Tone


bronzer refill If you want to try So-Bronze, here’s a breakdown of the three shades by skin tone. The bronzing powders are primarily matte with a hint of shimmer to help your skin glow. Keep reading to find out which bronzer is your best choice.

If you have… Fair Skin

For lighter skin tones, try So-Bronze 1.  It gives a soft, sun-kissed glow with gentle touches of a golden shimmer for an illuminating effect.

If you have… Light-Medium Skin

For light-to-medium skin tones, try So-Bronze 2. You can either use the two shades separately for a chiseled cheekbone and strategic highlight, or you can swirl the two shades together for a shimmering bronzed cheek.

If you have… Medium-Dark Skin

For medium-to-dark skin tones, try So-Bronze 3.  This rich, soft, matte shade can be used alone or mixed with the shimmering peach shade for a bronzed, beach-y glow.

Get the Look

So-Bronze 1So-Bronze 1

So-Bronze 2So-Bronze 2

So-Bronze 3So-Bronze 3

white-fan-brushWhite Fan Brush

How to Choose Your Contour Kit Shade

If you’re interested in chiseling out your cheekbones with our GreatShape Contour Kits, we recommend following these guidelines for finding your best shade. First, here’s a secret. You can use either the Cool or Warm shades! Read this article to help you decide which contour kit shade to wear.

Here are some application tips that our Global Educators recommend using for different skin tones.

If you have… Fair Skin to Medium-Light Skin

For everyone whose skin tone sits within the range of Fair to Medium-Light, try using a smaller amount of product on your brush for a more diffused look that will balance nicely with your fairer skin tone.  We recommend the White Fan Brush for an extra light application. If you use the Blending/Contouring Brush you’ll get a bit more definition but still, have a natural look.

If you have… Medium to Medium-Dark Skin

Ladies with a slightly darker skin tone can handle a bit more bronzer without looking too made up. Try using a slightly heavier hand and building the color with the Blending/Contouring Brush. You could also use our Contour Brush for a rich application of color.

If you have… Dark Skin

For ladies with darker skin tones, stay tuned! New shades are in the works.

Get the Look

warm greatshape contour kitWarm GreatShape Contour Kit

Cool GreatShape Contour KitCool GreatShape Contour Kit

Vegan Blending/Contour BrushBlending/Contouring Brush

Vegan Contour BrushContour Brush

Picking the Right Multi-Use Bronzer

jane iredale bronzer makeupWe all know how amazing the Quad Bronzers are. They can be applied anywhere on your face…we mean it! You can use them to add definition and a little shimmer as a bronzer. Choose the pinker shades and use it as a blush, Take your Eye Shader Brush and use the four colors as eye shadow. These bronzers even double as a shimmery lip color, in a pinch!

With so many uses and four shades each, choosing just one can be difficult. If you follow this guide from our Global Educators, you won’t go wrong.

If you have… Fair  to Light Skin

For fair to light skin tones try Rose Dawn.  This rosy bronzer will leave your skin looking mesmerizing. The four rose tones can be used all together or individually to create many different kinds of looks.

If you have… Light to Medium Skin

For light-to-medium skin tones try Peaches & CreamThis peachy-pink bronzer will blend beautifully into light-to-medium skin tones, making you look like you’re glowing from within. Plus, this bronzer is perfect for the Spring and Summer months.

If you have… Medium Skin

For Medium skin tones try Moonglow. This bronzer will create a flawless sun-kissed glow on your cheeks giving you the ultimate golden-bronzed effected. The golden tones in this bronzer will accentuate your cheekbones with rich color and shimmer.

If you have… Medium to Dark Skin

For medium-to-dark skin tones try Sunbeam. This bronzer will give you a rich, illuminating bronze. The rich browns and peaches in this bronzer will make you look like you just got back from a beach vacation.

Get the Look

Rose Dawn BronzerRose Dawn Bronzer

Peaches & Cream BronzerPeaches & Cream Bronzer

Moonglow bronzer palette from jane iredaleMoonglow Bronzer

Sunbeam BronzerSunbeam Bronzer

Share your #GoodBeautyStories

We hope this break down of our bronzing and highlighting products by skin tones helps you choose the perfect one for you. Don’t forget to share your looks with us @janeiredale using #GoodBeautyStories.

1 Comment
  1. This is my first time purchasing a bronzer. My daughter, Ashley, applied her bronzer to enhance my look before my book launch. I noticed the difference immediately. So here I am, ready to move forward with my very own bronzer.

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