The sun might only be making sporadic appearances in the forecast right now, but that doesn’t mean the urge to look like a sun-kissed swimsuit model isn’t very real and very urgent. It’s officially spring! Time to break out the bronzer and transform yourself into the golden goddess you yearn to be! 

But why not try something a little different with your bronzer this year, like, say, making your own? This DIY bronzer is natural, flattering and smells amazing. It also has a grand total of … wait for it … TWO ingredients. That means it’s not just easy to make, it costs next to nothing (and when you consider that store-bought bronzers often cost between $25 and $30, that’s a substantial money savings that can be applied to poolside cocktails).

Here’s how to make DIY bronzer at home:

DIY Bronzer Recipe


  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder (available at many grocery stores and natural markets)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (regular ol’ baking cocoa works just fine)


  1. Slowly mix the cocoa powder into the arrowroot powder, little by little, until it darkens to your desired shade of bronze.
  2. Test the mixture on the inside of your wrist to see how it looks on your skin tone. Depending on your skin tone and how dark you like your bronzer, you might use all of the cocoa powder, or you might want to withhold some, or add a little extra. Have fun with it! Experiment with the ratio until you find a shade that’s right for you.
  3. Store your DIY bronzer in a small jar or an empty makeup container. Apply with a large blush brush.

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Tip:  Sometimes the cocoa and arrowroot powder will separate slightly, so shake it up before each use.

It’s easy to overdo it with this bronzer, so be sure to tap your brush a couple times to shake out the excess before putting it on. The color is buildable, so start with less than you think you need and put on more until you look perfectly sun-kissed.

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