Summer is tantalizingly close, and a good bronzer is one of the most valuable assets in your makeup bag at this time of year. It’s a proven fact that everyone looks beautiful with softly sunkissed skin, but we’ve all been warned ad nauseam about the perils of sunbathing, so bronzer is a no-brainer! From powder to liquid and everything in between, these nine products will help you fake a tan like a pro. (Just use in moderation to avoid this.)
The first thing to figure out when shopping for bronzer is what type of look you want. If you’re aiming for dewy and fresh-faced, a cream bronzer is perfect. NARS The Multiple provides sheer, gorgeous, blendable color. A gel or liquid bronzer is also a good option; Giorgio Armani Liquid Summer is a fan favorite. Mix a few drops with your liquid foundation for subtle, all-over color, or apply on its own for a sun goddess glow.
For the most natural-looking bronzed skin, matte powder is your go-to product. It’s the best way to make it seem like you’ve been tanning on a tropical beach for a few days even though you’ve (obviously) been rocking the SPF 50. Benefit Hoola gives you a soft and subtle tan; Guerlain Terracotta is an old-school classic; Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder is my everyday favorite. Matte bronzer is also the most buildable option, since you can deepen your color without doubling up on shimmer. (Bonus: it can also be used for contouring!)
Last on our list is bronzer with shimmer. When applied cautiously, it results in a beautifully luminous, sunkissed complexion. Buxom bronzer is always fantastic; Hourglass Ambient Bronzer gives you amazing radiance and dimension; and for all you multi-taskers, this awesome bronzer palette also includes highlighter and blush.
What’s your favorite bronzer?