Light-skinned women wear bronzer to create a suntanned look. However, many dark-skinned women assume a bronzer is not useful for them. They overlook the opportunity to define and highlight their facial features, particularly cheekbones. These steps provide a guideline to use bronzer with standard blush.

Things You'll Need

Select an amber bronzer powder to highlight the golden undertones associated with most dark skin tones. Test the color on a clear spot on your face before making a final decision.

Choose a large bristle soft blush makeup brush with a rounded tip. Use a large brush instead of a small stiff brush to prevent blotches or streaks. Stick with natural fibered brushes not synthetic ones for the smoothest application.

Add bronzer to the large makeup brush by evenly swirling the brush in the bronzer. Remove excess bronzer by tapping the brush on a clean tissue or cloth.

Apply bronzer to your cheekbones, not the cheeks, in light sweeping strokes. Gradually add more bronzer to create the color you want. If you apply too much bronzer use a clean makeup pad to blend the bronzer. You can also add base powder or remove some bronzer and reapply.

Examine your bronzer application in the daylight as a final check to be sure it complements your dark skin tone and gives you a golden glow. If you miss your usual blush color, blend in a small amount of your favorite blush using a clean makeup pad.


  • Apply a little powder before the bronzer to prevent streaking.

  • Use a cream, cream-to-powder, stick or liquid bronzer on dry skin.