The Best Budget Bronzers For Every Skin Tone

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* You don’t have to damage your skin for a sun-kissed glow
* Natural-looking formulas that won’t turn you orange
* Affordable options for all skin tones and undertones

Tanning the skin is a summer beauty ritual that will never go out of style. Because enhancing your skin color with the sun’s harsh and aging rays is a big faux pas, we turn to safe cosmetic bronzers to give us that classic sun-kissed glow. As almost every beauty brand on the market offers some type of bronzer, we are focusing on the more affordable and budget-friendly bronzing options that come in shades that will flatter a variety of skin tones and leave your skin looking naturally healthy and bronzed.

1. Fair Skin

A “holy grail” product in the beauty community, the Butter Collection by Physicians Formula  is an ultra-luxurious bronzer that is a must-have makeup product. The unique formula has a soft texture that combines the best features of a powder and cream to make application and blending process an absolute dream.

If you have fair skin, it is important to look for bronzers that are not too red or orange toned and that are only a shade or two deeper than your skin tone. The Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze is a great option for the fair to light skin tones as it is highly pigmented, but when applied, gives an airbrushed and flawless look on the skin.

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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Light

$12.99 $16.49 21% OFF


2. Light to Medium

Light to Medium skin tones will have the most luck with finding the right shade of bronzer as most brands tend to offer many shade options in this range. Rimmel London’s Waterproof Bronzing Powder with SPF 15 in Sun Bronze is a great option as it gives your face that sunkissed glow while keeping the color ultra natural looking. With its waterproof formula and velvety soft texture, you get up to 10 hours of uninterrupted, light and comfortable wear.

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Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Sun Bronze



3. Olive

If you have olive-hued skin, you may have both cool and warm tones with a mix of golden, green or yellow undertones. A great budget bronzer for this shade is the NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep. It’s a deep brown shade that’s the perfect balance of warm and cool tones. The NYX bronzers provide a natural and healthy looking complexion and work great for the face and body.

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NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer, Deep

$7.19 $9.00 20% OFF


4. Medium-Deep

The e.l.f. Bronzer in Warm Tan is a great bronzing powder for deepening the skin to your perfect tan. You can also use this bronzer to contour (gently) and highlight for an amazing glow that is easy to blend and layer. The formula is also infused with Vitamin E to help nourish and protect the skin while giving you a naturally sunkissed look.

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e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer, Warm Tan


5. Deep

Those with dark skin and deep complexions will benefit from COVERGIRL’S extremely popular Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer in the Ebony Bronze Shade. Mineral enriched to give you a sun-kissed, shimmery glow sans shine, the hypoallergenic formula is also lightweight, won’t clog pores and will keep your face radiant and natural looking.

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COVERGIRL Queen Collection Mineral Bronzer