Since bronzer is used to give the complexion a sun-kissed effect, reach for one with warm or burnt tones like this one from Lorac which looks beautiful on those with pale to medium skin. “It all depends on your skin tone,” says Shirey. “If you are very pale, I would stay away from anything too orange but someone with warmer olive skin for example, can use something with more orange tones in it.”
This baked bronzer’s red undertones make it a great option for those with deep skin tones. Dust it onto the high points of the face (forehead, cheeks, and bridge of the nose) to warm up an ashy complexion.
Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer in Bronze, $33, available at Lorac.
E.L.F. Baked Bronzer,
$3 $1.20, available at E.L.F.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny, $3.62, available at Target.
“Contour products should be cool-toned because you want to create a shadow,” says Shirey. Look for powders with ashy tones like taupe rather than orange or red ones. “You don’t want anything with shimmer in it,” Shirey warns. “You don’t want to highlight where you want to create depth.”
Shirey’s pick is Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Palette, which includes three contouring shades and three matte highlighting powders. Those with deeper skin will love the darkest shade in the palette, while those with paler complexions will love the shade on the far left. Fall somewhere in the middle? Play makeup artist and mix shades to create a custom hue.
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette, $48, available at Sephora.
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Contour Palette, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Contour Powder in Medium, $44, available at Sephora.