If you identify as a woman of color and you possess a skin tone other than “Alabaster” or “Porcelain”, shopping for cosmetics that aren’t too chalky, too orange, or too ashy can be a struggle, to say the least. The problem becomes even more challenging with picking out a bronzer shade, as some brands don’t even keep WOC when formulating their products. But bronzer is great at providing an extra boost of healthy color to your face as well as defining certain features.
Unfortunately, many makeup brands fail at making bronzers for WOC that don’t turn us into oompa loompas or just simply fall short of providing enough pigment for our darker tones. Lucky for you, FIERCE has compiled a list of 17 bronzers perfect for women of color in all of our beautiful shades, from caramel to ebony. Take a look!
1. Milani Baked Bronzers
Milani’s baked bronzers have developed quite the reputation in the makeup community for being glowy, buildable, highly-pigmented, and of course, affordable. Their shades range from “Glow” to “Dulce” and they are perfect for medium to dark-skinned beauties. By here.
2. Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer
We’re not the only ones that have to sing the praises of Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r bronzer. Rihanna’s groundbreaking bronzer is creamy, long-lasting, and comes in 8 versatile shades that work with every skin tone. Buy here.
3. Bobbi Brown Bronzer
Bobbi Brown’s makeup is a line that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and its bronzer is no exception. This bronzer is frequently mentioned on many “favorite” lists for bronzers that work great on darker skin tones. Bobbi Brown Bronzer is available to buy here in 6 shades.
4. Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Bronzer
Black Radiance is a cosmetics brand specifically formulated for black and brown skin tones, so you know their bronzer will show up (in more ways than one). Fans of the Artisan Color Baked Bronzer call it “smooth and buttery” as well as “underrated”. Buy here.
5. Becca Sunlit Bronzer
This neutral bronzer with subtle hints of shimmer has a silky texture that fans love. It comes in 5 versatile shades. Buy it here.
6. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is a great, affordable bronzer that is perfect for deeper skin shades. Fans say that it’s easy to blend and lasts all day. Buy here.
7. NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS’s Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer is specifically formulated to “capture light” and “blur imperfections”, and since it’s NARS, its shades are always perfectly pigmented and complementary to every skin tone. Buy here.
8. Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder
Iman cosmetics was created by supermodel Iman specifically for WOC skin. Their bronzers are both glowy and affordable. Buy here.
9. bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color Bronzer
According to one Reddit user, Bare Minerals is the perfect bronzer to go to when every other option has failed you: “I use bare minerals faux tan, which is not orange and not ashy but still deep enough to look like a shadow on my face)”. Buy here.
10. BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer
BH Cosmetics describes their bronzer as a “silky, blendable formula” that has “lightweight, buildable coverage with a satin finish”. It’s no wonder so many WOC reach for this bronzer for a natural sunkissed glow! Buy here.
11. The Lip Bar Fresh Glow Bronzers
The Lip Bar is a black-owned cosmetics company that prides itself to catering to a variety of skin tones. They’ve recently released a line of bronzer/blush duos called Fresh Glow which boasts the tagline: “Bronzers for every shade”. Buy here.
12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the premier go-to makeup brands for both amateurs and professionals. Their powder bronzers are in a league of their own with shades that range from Light Golden to Mocha. Buy here.
13. TheBalm’s Bahama Mama
The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer markets itself as the “anti orange” bronzer and has been slowly developing a cult-following in the beauty world. Buy here.
14. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Megastar beauty guru Jackie Aina calls the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder one of her favorites, describing it as “the perfect amount of neutral” that’s “not too warm.” Buy the high-end bronzer here.
15. Sleek MakeUp Face Form Contour And Blush Palette
Sleek Makeup is has become a sleeper hit on the internet, regularly being praised as one of the best brands out there for women of color. Their highly-pigmented bronzer/blush palette is a cult favorite and you can now buy it at your local Target or online.
16. Lancome Le French Bronzer
Lancome has recently stepped up their makeup game for WOC and now, many of their products look great on darker skin. That includes their limited edition Le French bronzer that has four different shades in one compact for a range of skin tones. Buy here.
17. Inglot x J.Lo – Boogie Down Bronze
That’s right–now you can own the J.Lo glow. The much-talked-about J.Lo X Inglot collab birthed the Boogie Down Bronzers that seem to have a color for every skintone. Buy the bronzers here.
Any designer will tell you that art and fashion often go hand-in-hand. Through the ages, art has reflected so much about society and history solely through the clothing and architecture depicted by oils and pastels. From the runways of Paris and Milan to the pages of VOGUE, the composition, color, and forms of the latest fashions often show us that they are equivalent to the most iconic works of art created by the most masterful fine artists.
Now, Vogue is yet again showing us the relationship between art and fashion with its brand new “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit.
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The exhibition is being shown at Mexico City’s historic Franz Mayer Museum from now until September 15, 2019. The sample of 65 images is a representation of the greatest photographs to manifest in VOGUE during its past 20 years as a publication. The magazine’s archives were thoroughly examined to find the most impactful, most artistically composed and most striking pictures to be taken by photographers during their time at VOGUE.
Over the last two decades, some of the most iconic photographers ever have collaborated with the publication. Annie Leibovitz, Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, Sheila Metzner, Cecil Beaton, and Edward Steichen are some of the many big name artists who have captured moments for VOGUE. They have contributed easily some of the most recognizable images that the magazine has printed and their work will be available to view at the “Vogue Like a Painting” event.
“I have always believed in the power of images, in that inexplicable magic of telling stories without words that allow us to inspire and make us dream. From a painting signed by Goya, to an image photographed by Tim Walker or Paolo Roversi, it is these beautiful visual records of fashion and culture that are truly treasured in our memory and heart.”
What all of these images have in common are distinct characteristics that are traditionally attributed to paintings and other works of fine art.
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Their narratives, details and subject matter are approached the same way a master would address a canvas. At first glance, some of these pictures don’t even look like photographs. The stylistic techniques used to capture the subject are implemented as authentically as possible — staying true to the artistic elements artists are trained in.
The compositions also invoke comparisons to different artists and art periods. Split into genres like portraiture and landscapes, artistic movements like Renaissance painting, Rococo art, and even Pre-Raphaelite works are mirrored by these photos. The images in “Vogues Like a Painting” evoke masters such as Magritte, Degas, Dalí, Botticelli and Zurbarán. Their use of light, space, color and figure drawing are mimicked by the pictures on display — making these pieces completely at home in the museum.
Of these breath-taking pictures, a gorgeous portrait of Yalitza Aparicio can also be viewed.
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This image of Yalitza Aparicio comes from a spread by the photographers Santiago & Mauricio and was published back in January 2019. The actress was the first Indigenous woman to appear on the cover of VOGUE. Displayed in the “Vogue Like a Painter” exhibit, the portrait draws comparisons to Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The steady stare, the use of light and dark and the positioning of her body is reminiscent of the mysterious woman in the Italian master’s piece. We can even see the influence of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits reflected in the photograph of the “Roma” star.
Debbie Smith, the curator of the “Vogue Like a Picture” exhibit spoke with VOGUE MEXICO about the inclusion of Aparicio’s portrait and how historic the actress’ fashion shoot was for the magazine, fashion and art.
“I was so shocked by the cover of Yalitza, it ‘s one of the most important things that Vogue has done in recent decades … It was impeccable. I have the file saved in my mind.”
As if these beautiful pictures weren’t enough, the exhibition also includes two dresses by Alexander McQueen — one of them never before displayed — as well as another three gowns by Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix and Nina Ricci. These pieces were borrowed especially for the “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit. If you can get to Mexico City for this show, definitely give it a look. It is without a doubt one of the most historic mixtures of art and fashion to be seen today.