Hands up who's after a gorgeous, natural looking glow? Time to check out the best bronzers for fair skin, olive skin and everything in between...
It might be minus degrees outside – but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to warm up our complexion with a bronzer!
Whatever the weather, you can still look gorgeously sun-kissed thanks to these top bronzing powders and bronzing make-up formulas. And it needn’t be scary, either – even if you’ve got pale skin, these top rated powders will have you looking glowing and golden in no time. Whether you’re after a light tan or a shimmer-packed bronze, we’ve got you covered.
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You can’t perfect your bronzed skin without a brush to apply it with. Choosing a brush can be hard because there are loads out there, we’ve tried our fair share of them and we have to say It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush, £35 comes up trumps. It’s big and fluffy enough to sweep any bronzer seamlessly into your skin without leaving streaks or marks. We like to use it with Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Bronze; the mousey texture is buffed into the skin for a natural looking slow in seconds.
Going too dark with your bronzer can result in a slightly tragic tangoed look. Don’t dive in the deep (dark) end just because you want to get your glow on. Opt for powders which are not too brown and light in texture, that way you can build them up – remember it’s always easier to add than take away makeup. Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Bronze, £36, ticks all the boxes. It’s a mousse-meets-cream kinda texture and it’s so subtle you can even use it all over your face as a base. It’s easy to build up in layers so you never risk the dreaded mud face.
Tanned and olive complexions will need to go up a shade or two from those who are fair. Laura Mercier’s Radiance Baked Powder Bronzer in Shade 2, £28.50, is a make-up artist’s fave, and for good reason. It’s got a teeny tiny hint of shimmer, (don’t worry there are no chunks of glitter) which gives your skin just enough radiance to leave you looking like you’re back from the beach. Our Beauty Writer swears by it.
Contrary to most bronzers, you need to choose a brown with grey undertones. These mimic natural shadows, so are perfect for sculpting and shaping. Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder, £35 comes in three shades, so it covers nearly all complexions. It’s a finely milled, so the powder wont sit on your skin and it’s completely matte – you won’t find one sparkle, so it looks completely natural. We’ll take two, please.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, £24.50 has been a cult for as long as we can remember. What makes it so good? It’s that perfect just-sun-kissed shade that blends seamlessly into most skins. If you’re very dark skinned, this isn’t for you, but it’s great for fairer faces all the way up to olive tones. No sparkles here, it’s totally matte, which. is why it’s a staple among girls who don’t like looking as though they’re caked in it. The cute little bamboo brush is easy to use and fits snugly beneath any cheekbone – making it great for contouring, too. There’s a mirror in the lid and the brush fits neatly inside, so it’s totally compact and great for on the go touch ups. Doesn’t cost the earth, either.
Now you know what’s right for you, browse through our bronzers, we’re offering up everything from golden warm tones to cooler matte hues, all designed to leave your base looking beautifully sunkissed.
Once you’ve picked the best bronzer for you, you’ll want to know how to make the most of that golden glow. Watch our best tips on how to boost your bronze in three simple steps – these easy peasy tan-enhancing make-up tips are NOT to be missed… (Trust us).
There's nothing better for faking a flawless, 'I've just left the beach' bronze. The mousse texture leaves a soft focus glow which also helps to blur imperfections and smooth out your skin.
This handy little compact is designed to stay perfect on your skin for up to 8 hours for a unbudgable bronze.
This ultra-smooth baked formula gives your skin a really natural colour, adding radiance to the skin for a healthy glow. This matte powder is a bestseller - and we can see why!
This duo bronzing compact is the perfect clutch companion. Blend the two soft focus pigments together to create the perfect custom shade that leaves you looking like you're glowing from within.
Get a healthy, natural glow in a flash with this lovely bronzer. The product comes in a gorgeously diverse range of shades, making it a makeup bag essential for any skin tone.
This deep bronze shade is perfect for creating a super glam, bronzed goddess-esque look.
This lighter, milky toned bronzer is ideal for fair skin. It's the light brown shade warms skin without looking too dark or heavy.
This bronzer has a subtle gold shimmer which will instantly inject warmth and radiance into your skin.
The shade of this bronzer is complimentary and never orange on any skin tone... It's a cult beauty buy for a reason!
This genius bronzing gel is perfect for summer thanks to it's cooling, lightweight formula. Skin is instantly brightened with a pretty sun kiss...
This bronze and glow duo is the perfect product for contoured and highlighted cheekbones.
This luxurious looking bronzer is embellished with threads of gold shimmer for the ultimate sunkissed, radiant glow. Not only will this leave you beautifully bronzed, but it's completely budget friendly - yay!
Simply brush this onto the contours of your face and decolletage for an instant sunkissed glow. Oh, and it also smells like chocolate!
This hi-tech cream bronze gives an instant blurring effect, leaving skin airbrushed and flawless
This golden bronze shade is perfect for sculpting cheekbones and adding warmth to your complexion