The Bronze Age: Your Guide to Sunkissed Skin

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 Bronze Age: Your Guide to Sunkissed Skin

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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.Β 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?

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16 responses

  1. Oh the hourglass bronzer looks so pretty (like all of their stuff).
    Not much of a bronzer girl myself (read: experiments so far have looked ghastly and orange) but I really should try some more.
    xxx Anne

    • I know what you mean, it can be tricky finding the perfect shade! I think you would love the Hourglass one – it’s a great balance between soft warmth and a luminizer. The Bobbi Brown in a lighter shade might be a good fit for you as well πŸ™‚

    • Hoola is such a classic! And ha, I’m so glad you enjoyed the Ross tan. That episode cracks me up every time! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • I love it too! It’s such a classic and totally foolproof. Thanks so much for reading, Fenja πŸ™‚

  2. I have a MAC bronzer which I love. Some bronzers can look too orangey but the MAC one I have is really natural looking!! Great post, can’t wait to build up the bronzed look when I’m on holiday! Xx

  3. Great choices here, Amelia! I’m a big fan of bronzers instead of tanning and can’t go without my tinted sunscreen by SkinCeuticals – Physical Fusion UV Defense. πŸ™‚

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