Consider this: There are few things as stunning for me as spending time in an environment with a diverse range of chocolate skin tones, and the color of my skin is a significant part of what makes me feel wonderful as a Black girl. The fact that I’m brown makes me feel unique like I’m a powerful golden goddess capable of controlling all the forces of the universe, so why wouldn’t I want to seem even darker? (Of course, in a safe manner; skin cancer makes zero people feel like goddesses.)
However, due to the inherent light-skin preference in the tanning industry, most bronzers seem ashy and milky on our skin, whereas self-tanners do, well, nothing at all. Nonetheless, I assure you that there are alternatives available if you know where to search. So I went out and discovered the greatest bronzers and self-tanners that were really created with a dark complexion in mind, saving you the hassle of dealing with yet another biased element of the cosmetic business.
Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse
No vacay, no problem. Calling all brown girls who want to get bronzed from the comfort of their couch: Get yourself some of this. It’s a mousse formula that adheres to all skin tones and will stick, without looking streaky for a long-lasting tan.
Just add a few drops of this rave-reviewed facial self-tanner to your moisturizer—you can add more or less drops over time, depending on how concentrated you want the formula to be—and you’ll wake up with bronzed, glowy skin. One reviewer raves: “I’m so in love with this product! My main concern, besides whether or not it would actually tan my darker complexion, was whether it break my face out? It does not!!! It gives a nice, realistic tan glow!”
Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer