Our 10 Fave Bronzers For Spring

It took the sun to finally start shining last week for us to realize our skin is more Twilight than daylight. That spring switch-up moment is here—the one that's got us running to our grimy medicine cabinet filled with a season's worth of old makeup. We hit the shops to find the best bronzers as we ditch our heavier winter makeup to transition from Edward Cullen-lookalike to sun-kissed goddess. Hitting just the right golden glow is tougher than it may seem, and we tried some brands that made us look like Snooki on steroids and others that gave us a Nosferatu vibe. So we've put together the perrfect hit-list that will help you look like you've just gotten back from a weekend in Montauk, not a sojourn to the Jersey Shore. Plus, with bronzers for every skin shade, we've got you covered no matter how you like your radiance. From subtle sheen to high-impact intensity—we know Kristen Stewart will be jealous.
Golden Fair—Inspiration, Magdalena Frackowiak backstage at Ralph Lauren, photo via Style.com
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Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer, $32, available at Sephora—Mix this 24 karat gold infused moisturizer into your foundation for a high worth look that won't turn you into an oompa loompa.
Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF 46, $65, available in May 2010 at Space NK, 99 Greene Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-941-4200—Light, airy and ideal for fair skin gals, this soft powder goes on evenly and is packaged in a non-spill container that's great for taking on the go.
M.A.C. Bronzing Powder in Golden, $22, available at M.A.C.—If you're a little on the pale side and bronzers always end up leaving you orange, try this powder that's insanely subtle.
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Medium Beige—Inspiration, Anna Selezneva and Madisyn Ritland backstage at Thakoon, photo via Style.com
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Nars Illuminator in Orgasm, $29, available at Sephora— This is a classic that we can't ignore. For olive skin tones, use on cheekbones to give yourself a refreshing look, or apply to your neck and shoulders for an all-over shimmery glow.
Glowfusion Microtech Intuitive Active Bronzer, $39, available at Sephora—With high tech M-Tox technology, you can fill in lines and wrinkles while enhancing your beach-babe radiance.
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Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in Number 8, $58, available at Saks Fifth Avenue— This liquid bronzer will keep the color on all night long, but make sure to use this sparingly to avoid looking like a Donatella Versace disaster.
Guerlain Terracotta in Four Seasons, $74, available at Sephora—Transition your way through summer with this palette of 4 different sun-kissed shades for whatever your mood.
Warm Tan—Inspiration, Joan Smalls backstage at Gucci, photo via Style.com
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Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Sun Dust Bronze Shimmer Body Powder, $12, available at Victoria's Secret—Not only does this smell delicious, but if you're already tan, this is perfect for highlighting your cheekbones and giving you that super-sultry-after-sun-look that's a little less subtle than our other picks.
CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals in Brown Bronz, $8.18, available at TK—Easy, breezy, beautiful, and bronze! Unleash your inner queen with this affordable bronzer that will enhance your naturally tinted complexion.
Edward Bess Midnight Sun Collection $175, available at Edward Bess—To illuminate your freshly tanned face, this is our fave transition set to take you from shopping on Main street to sipping at the Yacht Club.
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