We can't all be blessed with year-round sunshine, which means that "glowing" isn’t often the word we’d use to describe our skin when emerging from the other side of a long winter. Luckily, the weather is finally changing, and we’re ready to begin our summer beauty rituals by warming up our complexions with a quality bronzer.
Whether you’re looking to boost your post-vacation tan, or you're unlikely to be basking in warmer climes anytime soon, bronzer is your best bet for creating a more radiant look. Dark skin tones looks dreamy with warmth-adding orange and red tones, and liquid bronzers for an all-over glow. For the medium and fair complexions among us, marbled shades and pro-blending is the key, while olive skin can tap into golds to bring the tan.
From on-the-go gliding balms and time-developing serums to classic compact powders, here are the best bronzers we’ll be wearing this summer.
Praise be: A bronzer that doesn't make fair ladies look muddy. Nars' new Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer collection is a compact powder that comes in four shades, including cult classics Laguna and Casino. So no matter how little your skin likes the sun, you can get the glow.
Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Seaside, $40, available at
Celeb makeup artist Fiona Stiles recommends this bronzer — and we know why. It's incredibly sheer and goes on smooth, not streaky. Plus, it's (by far) the cheapest option on our list and comes in six shades to suit many different skin tones.
Contour Pro Singles in Tan, $5, available at
This marbled beauty is very subtle, meaning you can blend as little or as much as you like. Shimmering powder highlights your cheekbones, while the bronzer gives you a sun-kissed tint.
Baked Bronzer in Mediterranean Tan, $28, available at
This compact includes three shades of bronzer, allowing you to shape and contour or combine colors for a tailored tan. The packaging will sit pretty on your bathroom shelf (or make you want two weeks in the sun, stat).
Bronzing and Blush Compact, $40, available at
This one is a dream for those who like to avoid powder makeup. It's also pretty handy for when you're on the go: Simply glide under the cheekbones and use your fingertips to blend — no brush needed.
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Bronzing Ball, $18, available at
Huda Beauty has established a cult following thanks to its hyper-pigmented colors, and this bronzing quad lives up to expectations. Designed to highlight and contour, it really does give you that "lit-from-within" sheen.
3D Highlight Palette in The Golden Sands Edition, $45, available at
How satisfying does this look? The buttery texture of Laura Geller's bronzer goes onto skin beautifully. It comes in four shades and looks just as good on your Cupid's bow and brow bone as it does on your cheeks and temples.
Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, $26, available at
This palette from Zoeva contains peach, mocha, copper, and chocolate tones, meaning you can mix and match to suit your skin tone. Make sure you blend properly, though.
Nude Spectrum Blush Palette, $16, available at
This one is for those looking for a subtle and buildable tan all summer long. Apply a thin layer every morning and evening (don't forget your neck) and you'll see a glow build up over time.
Serum Terrybly Sun Booster, $116, available at
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Two-toned bronzers are an awesome deal because you're able to custom blend for a shade that perfectly fits your skin tone.
Lilah B. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo, $42, available at
The darkest contouring kit from the Instagram-famous brand flatters more skin types than you'd think. The varying shades come in alternating matte and shimmer hues that blend together for a seamless finish.
Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Dark, $14.99, available at
We know this is not news to most people, but
wins almost every award for a reason. It's the least muddy texture and tone for contouring, and if you're looking for an overall wash of warmth, this does double-duty.
Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29, available at
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