The 10 Best Bronzer Brushes in 2023

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model is seen with a bronzer brush backstage of the Au Jour Le Jour show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on September 24, 2017 in Milan, Italy
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There are few looks more timeless than glowing, sun-kissed skin. But to achieve it, you need two things: the best bronzer, and the best bronzer brush. The wrong brush can leave your makeup looking patchy and uneven, so finding the appropriate tool for the kind of bronzer you like to use is vital. So we turned to the experts (and searched through our own collections) to find the very best brushes for bronzer on the market in 2023. Here’s the really good news: Some of the best bronzer brushes on this list retail for less than $5.

What to Look For in a Bronzer Brush

Before we dive into the products, let’s start out with the basics. First, as with a drugstore bronzer, know that a higher price tag doesn't necessarily warrant a better-quality bronzer brush. Next, you'll need to figure out what type of bronzer brush you need, based on the formula that you choose to use. Odds are, if you’re a powder bronzer fan, you'll have something that you can use to apply bronzer in your collection already. 

“A powder bronzer brush should be similar to a loose powder brush," says Nick Lujan, Director of Artistry and Education at Kevyn Aucoin. “This is so that the product can be diffused over a large surface with a sheer veil application.” However, Lujan notes that cream bronzers require a different type of brush—one that’s “a bit firmer and tighter bristled,” in order to “best place and diffuse creamy product.”

Ahead, shop the best brushes for bronzer that money can buy in 2023, including a few of Lujan's favorites.

Shop the Best Bronzer Brushes

Nick Lujan's Favorite Bronzer Brushes

Can You Use a Sponge to Apply Bronzer?

"I typically avoid sponges for applying product," says Lujan. "I will use them to bounce and soften edges, after I use a brush to apply. Sponges tend to absorb product and can also lift off foundation. After you apply with a brush, use a sponge with a soft bouncing motion to soften edges of the makeup and to diffuse any visible brush strokes." 

Can You Use a Blush Brush to Apply Bronzer?

You can "absolutely" use a blush brush to apply bronzer, says Lujan. “Blush brushes are usually my standard for applying setting powder, and powder bronze, sculpt, and blush products. They are the perfect density and diameter for applying bronzer.”  

Meet The Expert

Nick Lujan
Nick Lujan

Nick Lujan is a New York based professional makeup artist, team leader, trainer and educator with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Nick is widely recognized for a unique approach to coaching & developing artistry in others, and an artistic ability to flex and blend styles within the beauty, editorial, creative and fx worlds.

As a trained makeup artist and educator, Nick has worked with major cosmetics brands, providing insight encompassing team development, artistry, product development, artist relations and creation and facilitation of educational programs.

Over the years, Nick has worked with incredible photographers, performers, and influencer talents. Some of Nick’s work has been shot by Photographers, Mike Ruiz, Ellen von Unwerth, Miguel Herrera, Warren Giddarie & Ylva Erevall.


Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.