The Best Bronzers for Preserving Your Summer Glow
Bronzer is a tricky makeup product to add to your routine. It can give gorgeously glowing results, but there’s a fine line between “just left the beach” and a “just left the spray tan booth.” If you’ve seen the Friends episode called “The One with Ross’s Tan,” you know exactly what we’re talking about. We’re guessing you dabbled in heavy bronzer use in your junior high days, and we can commiserate with you. With these amazing bronzer choices, you’ll be more oh là là than Oompa Loompa. Regardless of your skin tone, there’s a bronzer out there for you. When applied with a light hand to the areas of your face the sun naturally hits, the right bronzer will add warmth to any makeup look, whether you’re in the market for a matte or shimmer formula. These are the best bronzers for a sun-kissed—never sun-soaked—look.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
Buy It: $30; sephora.com
This cult-classic bronzing powder is a glow go-to for thousands of positive reviewers. It comes in four color options, and its matte finish is great for contouring. The biggest drawback? Although the small packaging is easy to throw in your purse, it’s difficult to fit most powder brushes in the box.
Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette
Buy It: $75; charlottetilbury.com
This one is a major investment, but a good one. With bronzer, blush, and highlighter in one (that would all look beautiful as eye shadows, too!), this palette has everything you need to get glowing all over. The Lightgasm color is a perfect option for fair-skin that’s looking for a sun-kissed look without an orange incident.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer
Buy It: $30; sephora.com
Staying true to all of Rihanna’s face makeup launches, this bronzer brings the most impressive shade range of any brand we reviewed—major bonus points for inclusivity. It took more than two years to develop all eight shades, which means this soft-matte formula is guaranteed to add a glow that brings out the best of your skin tone.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Buy It: $15.99; ulta.com
By far the most popular drugstore bronzer out there, this creamy formula is praised by thousands for how easily and naturally it blends onto the skin with a satin finish. One characteristic that could be a pro or con depending on who you ask: It comes with a tropical scent that will likely remind you of summer, but might be too strong for those sensitive to fragrance.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
Buy It: $50; chanel.com
It’s a splurge, but it’s worth it. If you’re looking for a cream-to-liquid formula, this is the way to go. Whether for dry skin or a dewy look, this bronzer delivers the most natural sun-kissed finish. Plus, it can be worn alone for a gorgeous, less-is-more approach or as a base for full glam. The major con: It only comes in one—yes, one—shade.
Milani Baked Bronzer
Buy It: $8.99; ulta.com
This drugstore dupe has long been a favorite budget-friendly choice for glow-getters. If you’re not into the matte look, this bronzer delivers a gorgeous shimmer that highlights your best features.
NARS Bronzing Powder
Buy It: $40; narscosmetics.com
If you’re looking for a classic bronzer, NARS Laguna shade is often called a Holy Grail product. This powder doesn’t have the orange tint you know and hate, and its hint of gold shimmer adds just enough shine without being mistaken for a highlighter. The biggest drawback? Only two shades can’t accommodate a full range of skin tones.