Best bronzer for mature skin for the perfect healthy glow

Best bronzer mature women

by Lorna White |
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A warming bronzer for mature skin is a flattering addition to your makeup all year-round, and adds an instant glow to your look. As well as adding warmth to your skin, you can use a bronzer to sculpt and define your face.

As with most make up for older women, bronzers come in a variety of shades, formulas and textures to suit all skin-types and needs. Creamy formulas are often best for mature skin, as it adds more hydration to dryer skin. You may also want to change from a shimmery finish in the summer to a matte finish in the colder months as you change your make up for autumn.

To help you find the right bronzer for your skin and to suit your favourite foundation for mature skin, we've rounded up our favourite bronzer for mature skin that we think you'll love.

The best bronzer for mature skin

Best all-round bronzer

Benefit hoola bronzer
Price: $32.50
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If you're new to bronzer or want one that's good for year-round use, then Benefit's Hoola bronzer is a classic bronzer with a matte finish. While it comes with a brush for application, we're not huge fans of it so you may want to use a different brush of your own. Available in four shades depending on your skin tone, we love that the packaging is cardboard making it great for recycling.

One reviewer said: "I live in the Med and this is The best bronzer to compliment a tan. A sweep across cheeks and temples and I'm good to, not shiny or glittery, I'm far too old for that! I have full size at home and mini in my makeup bag, please never stop this!"


  • 4 shades available
  • Available in two sizes


  • Poor quality brush included

Best matte bronzer

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Available in four different shades, this matte finish bronzer is super subtle and easy to apply in a buildable way. It provides a silky smooth finish on the skin and is designed to be hydrating on the skin thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid. It's got great staying power throughout the day and comes in a huge compact including a mirror for easy application. If you love this, you'll love the Charlotte Tilbury face powder which is ideal for mature skin.

One reviewer said: "This Charlotte tilbury bronzer is great. I use as a blusher, contour and bronzer. Nice shade, very subtle, but you can add more if your prefer a darker look. Good size too and not expensive, gorgeous compact. Love it!!"


  • Lasts a long time
  • Buildable formula


  • Very large so isn't suitable for taking with you in a handbag

Best shade range

Suitable for a wide range of skin tones, NARS offer a wide range of bronzing shades, ranging from both cool and warm shades. It's a super silky formula, ideal for comfortable everyday wear that blends in easily with the rest of your make up.

One reviewer said: "I've only ever tried the mascara by NARS which I loved and I think this is a brand I'll continue to get from. The bronzer goes on so well and I love the fact it's really pigmented so a little goes a long way and it blends in so nicely."


  • 9 shades available
  • Highly pigmented


  • Some with paler skin tones found it a little too dark

Best cream bronzer

A classic creamy bronzer designed to warm the face up and is an ideal bronzer for mature skin thanks to its hydrating nature. It's lightweight, easy to blend and is ideal for summer when you want to add a bit of colour to the fave without heavy powders. It offers a very delicate pigment for a natural sun-kissed appearance and its best applied using a brush.

One reviewer said: "I've just purchased this for the 3rd time. I use it daily and the huge pots last almost 2 years. Although it is expensive it's great value for money. Great colour, lasts all day and is super easy to apply and blend with a big brush."


  • Hydrating on the skin
  • Lasts a long time


  • Some find it a bit too subtle in pigment

Best for contouring

If it's contouring you're looking to achieve, then you'll need a contour stick for easy application before blending. Available in eight shades, the formula is non-greasy and weightless for an easy to blend and easy to wear bronzer. It's perfect for giving the appearance of defined cheekbones and jaw line. This is a great product to try if you're a contour beginner but want to have a go.

One reviewer said: "The bronzer is so creamy and amazing to blend in and I have the colour happy sol and it looks so nice and doesn’t blend out orange. It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever blended out. The stick lasts forever and it’s really easy for on the go and I highly recommend"


  • Great for contouring
  • Easy to apply


  • Isn't long lasting

Best luxury bronzer

We know it might seem a lot for a bronzer, but this clever Ambient Lighting Bronzer from Hourglass is made using Photoluminescent Technology to give your skin a natural sun-kissed glow and radiant skin finish. This technology also refracts light to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone for a youthful glow.

One reviewer said: "This bronzer makes you look like you've been on holiday. It glows and bronzes at the same time and adapts to skin tone to compliment skin tone. A must have. I wear it especially when I'm tired as it makes you look awake."


  • Anti-ageing
  • Features Photoluminescent Technology


  • Doesn't come with a brush

Best palette

Ideal for contouring and warming the face up, this palette contains a range of cool and warm contour shades along with some lighter shades that act as highlighter to accentuate the different dimensions of your face. Not only is it super affordable, but with eight different shades to choose from, it's great value for money too.

One reviewer said: "Good quality make up palette and excellent value for money. This makeup is a brilliant choice for those who want the professional make up look but don't want to spend the high street prices like you would with Urban Decay or Mac."


  • A wide range of shades in one palette
  • Highlighting shades included


  • Packaging isn't very robust for travel

Best budget bronzer

For an affordable yet reliable bronzing option, opt for L'Oreal's Back to Bronze option, which promises an instant tan effect all year-round. It has a matte-finish and buildable formula, allowing you to customise your look with ease. It's designed to be brushed over the places the sun naturally catches your face, and with a warmer undertone, it's better for bronzing rather than contouring or defining your features.

One reviewer said: "I hardly ever feel the need to review but this one is so good that need to shout out. Don’t let the colour fool you, I’m fair skinned, normally but light medium foundations etc and this is perfect shade. Blends without any problems, doesn’t overload the brush and gives the most natural sun kissed look. I must have over 30 bronzer from high street brands to high end and I would choose this over any of them."


  • Easy to blend
  • Beautiful range of shades


  • Doesn't work as a contour product

Best liquid bronzer

As well as cream and powder based bronzers, there are also some liquid bronzers on the market. One of the most popular ones is the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand. Available in two warming shades, it's a buildable formula designed to define the facial features with ease. Simply disperse a little product onto your face using the applicator cushion (we warn you a little really does go a long way) before blending out with your favourite brush or sponge.

One reviewer said: "Super happy with my purchase. I have quite light skin and I wear colour medium/dark which is perfect. Blends really easily and gives you a nice sun kissed glow but also defines your face. Packaging is really nice and feels premium. A little product goes a long way."


  • Highly pigmented
  • Dries quickly


  • Isn't suitable for darker skin tones

Best shimmer bronzer

If it's a bit of shimmer you're looking for, then this bronzer from Iconic is ideal, especially for the summer months are warm holiday's where you might want the sunlight to radiate off of your skin. Available in five different shades suitable for a range of skin tones as well as multiple uses including highlighting, blush and bronze, it's ideal for holiday skin.

One reviewer said: "I have all of the Kissed by the Sun products and love each of them for different reasons. Easy to use, easy to blend and have the right amount of sparkle. Love, love, love!"


  • Multiple uses
  • A range of different colours


  • Some felt the colour was too sheer

How to apply bronzer for mature skin

There are many ways you can apply your bronzer for mature skin depending on the texture of the product and what you're aiming to do. If it's added structure and contouring you're wanting, then we'd advise using a thinner stick application or smaller brush to apply.

For warming the face up, you'll want a larger brush to get a nice even and beautifully blended finish. This is also ideal for bronzing your décolletage area as well as your shoulders in the summer or for special occasions when you might want to add some makeup to your body as well as your face.

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Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer at She was previously a writer at Yours Magazine writing features and news stories before joining the digital team. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.

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