4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

It doesn’t always take a complicated laboratory or research facility to create the best makeup products. In fact, you can create your own lip product, blush and even bronzer, right at home- with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

And that’s no joke. You can create a makeup product that can easily match the best drugstore bronzer.

1. Homemade Bronzer Recipe

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

Take, for example, this homemade bronzer recipe inspired by Onegreenplanet.


To create your own homemade bronzer, you only have to take equal parts of the ingredients. If you start out with a teaspoon of nutmeg, measure the same for the other ingredients.

Although that sounds easy, it’s actually the trickiest part. How come?

Well, you have to adjust the recipe so you can come up with the right shade.

When mixing portions, consider this:

  • Cocoa can add depth and darkness to your skin. Nutmeg, on the other hand, is supposed to give your skin a sunkissed glow.
  • Cornstarch can lighten up the color while cinnamon can add glow to your skin.

So, if you want a darker color, add more cocoa. If you just want to add more glow, then consider increasing your cinnamon or nutmeg.

It can take a bit of trial-and-error before you can come up with the right shade.

2. Two-Ingredient Homemade Bronzer Recipes

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

Now, if you are feeling overwhelmed with those four ingredients, here are two more quicker and simpler ways to create a homemade bronzer.


Mix these two ingredients in a bowl. Swatch it on the back of your hands and adjust as needed.

Remember, you can always modify the measurements to get the right shade. Once you’re satisfied with the color you got, you can add a few drops of essential oil to keep everything together.

Lavender essential oil is the best one for this makeup bronzer recipe.

If those two ingredients aren’t in your kitchen, you can try this variation from Youbeauty:

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home



  • Little by little, start mixing the two ingredients. Go slowly so you’ll be able to get the right darkness/shade for your skin.
  • Using your wrist, take a swatch to know how it will turn out against your skin.
  • Add more cocoa powder if you want more intensity. If you have pale skin, however, you can use equal amounts of both ingredients.

3. Homemade Bronzer Recipe

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

Now, if you are feeling a lot more confident about your DIY skills, here’s a recipe from Humblebeeandme. It might look too complicated at first glance but, trust us, it’s really easy to make.


  • 2 tsp French red clay
  • 5/8 tsp bronze mica
  • 5/8 tsp brown iron oxide
  • ½ tsp red iron oxide
  • 1 tsp yellow iron oxide

To create this homemade bronzer recipe, all you need to do is mix everything together, but the mica and oxides. Pass everything through a fine sieve over and over again.

Once you get a smooth texture, gradually add the colorings. And pass through the sieve again.

Test the color and check if you were able to achieve the right shade. You can store your homemade bronzer in a mason jar, like this one.

4. Homemade Cream Bronzer Recipe

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

In case you are not into powders, there’s this recipe from Beautytipsbysud.



  • Take a clean bowl and mix everything together. Mix until you get a paste-like consistency.
  • Tip: If you want a lighter shade, you can add a bit of cornstarch. Just make sure to add it gradually.

  • If you’re finding it hard to work with powders and creams, we have a list of the best liquid bronzer for the face you might want to check out.

How To Apply Bronzer Like A Pro

Now that you are able to come up with your own homemade bronzer, it’s time for application. But, how exactly should you apply a DIY bronzer?

Frankly, there’s no difference.

However, to make sure you’ve gotten the right match, you must stick with a shade that’s two shades darker than your skin tone. You can hold your bronzer next to your face and look at a mirror to check.

Anything that’s too dark will look unnatural and anything that’s too light will be barely noticeable. If you have dark skin, here’s a list of the best bronzers for your skin tone.

Once you’re sure you got the right shade, here’s how you should be applying your bronzer.

  • To start, you’ll need to determine the three most important points for the application. That includes the top of your forehead, your cheeks and jawline.
  • These three points mimic the number “3”.

  • ​Take your bronzer brush and lightly pick up some product. Tap off the excess or lightly swirl the brush on the back of your hand.
  • The key here is to start off lightly. Remember that you can always build up the color lately.

  • Dust your brush on the three points mentioned above. You should trace the number “3” on both sides of your face.
  • Make sure the product is well blended on the skin. You wouldn’t want to literally have the number “3” showing on your skin.
  • Blend some product on your neck area and chest, too. If you’ll be putting your hair up, make sure to lightly dust some bronzer at the back of your neck as well.
  • This way, the color on your face won’t look awkward in contrast with the rest of your neck and chest. You can also use bronzer for the body, too.

4 Homemade Bronzer Recipes You Can Try At Home

We also have a detailed buying guide about Best Bronzer For Contouring and Best Bronzer for Oily Skin in case you want to check out​

Dr Kathleen May Eusebio-Alpapara

A board-certified dermatologist who practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology

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