December 6, 2022

Actress Zendaya in bronze makeup on the red carpet.

Bronzer has proven time and time again to be one of the most versatile makeup products—anyone can use it. From sheer bronzers for fair skin tones to options with golden bronze and olive undertones, there are so many ways you can use bronzer to enhance your everyday makeup and step it up ever so slightly.

Whether you use it to sculpt your cheekbones, wear it as an eyeshadow or blush, or apply it as an all-over powder, bronzer is here to stay and we absolutely approve. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful bronze makeup looks for you to use as inspiration.

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Bronze Everywhere

Zendaya in bronze makeup
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With elements of bronze on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, this makeup look proves just how versatile bronzer is, and how you can use it for anything and everything your heart desires. The skin is contoured beautifully with both bronzer and highlighter while the smoky-bronze eyes truly make a statement on the red carpet.

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Fair and Flushed

Jessica Chastain in bronze makeup
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A beautiful, healthy glow is never a bad idea, and as you can see, bronzer can be used on even the fairest of skin tones to create lust-worthy makeup looks. Replicate this look by applying a light bronzer to the cheeks instead of blush and in the crease of the eyes with a fluffy brush; it’ll take your complexion to the next level in an instant. Champagne shadow in the inner corners of the eyes gives a subtle highlight and helps to brighten things up.

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Contour it All

A street style bronze makeup look
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Bronzer and contour in one? Yes, please. Bronzer can be used in a myriad of ways and it’s okay to skip the blush altogether and instead use bronzer for accentuating cheekbones and adding a lift.

Matte bronzers are ideal for contouring because they are able to sculpt features without excess shimmer, and this contour on the cheekbones is a perfect example of how that’s possible. You can also use the same powder in the crease of the lids for a quick and easy eyeshadow application.

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The Matte Look

A red carpet bronze makeup look
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Bronzer doesn’t always need to be sparkly or shimmery. Matte formulas can yield beautiful results, as seen here. The matte bronze tones on the eyes and cheeks give a lovely definition and complement each other well.

Something to remember about bronzer is that it doesn’t always need to be a deep golden tone. Bronzers can look different on different skin tones. There are subtle, underlying tones of rose in this bronzer that complement the skin perfectly.

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All-Over Bronzer

a street style bronze makeup look
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Pair your bronzer with a bold lip for a makeup look that’s so simple yet put together in every way. When it comes to bronze makeup looks, sometimes the simpler they are, the better, and that’s certainly the case here. We absolutely love everything about this look from the lips to the cheekbones and eyebrows—what a job well done.

After your foundation is applied, create some depth and dimension on the face by blending powder bronzer in the shape of a three along the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline for contour.

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Bronze Queen

Priyanka Chopra in bronze makeup
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Bronze and earth tones give this makeup look everything it needs to succeed, and we give it two thumbs up. The makeup is blended seamlessly on the skin and eyes, and the rosy brown lipstick brings the entire masterpiece to life. Brush up your brows and fill them in to replicate this bold brow look, and add some liquid liner on the top lids for definition.

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The Eyes Have It

Winnie Harlow in bronze makeup
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A mix of bronze and champagne eyeshadow hues are beautifully blended on the lids here, giving a soft yet somewhat smoky finish to the eye makeup. With a bold application of eyeliner and lots of mascara, this bronze shadow look is suitable for a special event you might have coming up, or just to wear for fun any day of the week. The contour is well done with a soft bronze hue and the lips have a gorgeous nude shine.

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Glow For It

Zoe Kravitz in bronze makeup
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A bronze glow paired with winged eyeliner and soft lips makes for a look we could wear on repeat. Soft bronze tones complement the eyes and cheeks while the liquid liner adds drama and depth. If you’re wanting to give yourself a bronze glow that looks natural, try the Radiance Gel Bronzer from Chantecaille. Mix it in with your foundation or tinted moisturizer, and apply it over the skin with a big fluffy brush.

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Goddess of Bronze

Beyonce in bronze makeup
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If it’s good enough for Beyoncé it’s certainly good enough for us. The way she wears this bronze makeup look is everything and more. Bronze shadows grace the lids (with a darker bronze eyeshadow in the crease) while bronzer and highlight help her cheekbones pop. The lipstick tone is the ideal choice as all of the colors chosen are harmonious together.

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Dewy Bronze

Shay Mitchell in bronze makeup
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The dewy, bronze skin in this look is paired with a bold winged liner and soft, nude lips—a look we never knew we needed. A bold glow accentuates the cheekbones while bronze tones sculpt the face ever so slightly. It’s as if Shay Mitchell spent the entire day basking in radiant sunlight.

To add extra radiance or dew to your makeup look, apply face gloss on the high points of your face such as the top of the cheekbones, under the brow bone, and even along the lips. When light hits these areas of the face it highlights the shine and gives that coveted dewy finish.

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Blushing Bronze

A red carpet bronze makeup look
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We love a good blush and bronze eyeshadow combo. This makeup is so fresh and vibrant and the skin is radiant. Bronze shadow tones blended on the lids and crease give beautiful dimension, while bronzer and a pop of blush on the cheeks suit the skin in the best way. We need to know that shade of rose lipstick, too—obsessed.