The 30 Best Bronzers for a Sun-Kissed GlowJanuary 07, 2022
For a glow that looks like you just came back from vacation (even if you really spent the holidays curled up at home), reach for this velvety powder bronzer. It comes in two matte, buildable shades that don’t lean orange.
Prefer a sheen to your skin? Dust on this sheer bronzer, which contains tiny bits of shimmer for a luminous, lit-from-within effect. There’s no glitter to be found in this formula, which means your glow will be subtle and mess-free.
This powder is so finely milled and lightweight, it feels like nothing when you dust it onto the skin. Sweep it on your temples, cheekbones and nose for a naturally sun-drenched look.
Who knew bronzer could be such a chic accessory? This compact comes with a slim gold chain to multitask as a powder, a lipstick holder and a petite clutch that screams luxury. It has a soft matte finish that blends almost imperceptibly into the skin.
If you have fair skin and have yet to find a drugstore bronzer that suits you, we highly recommend this one in the shade Light. It’s a barely there beige that adds a touch of warmth to super pale complexions.
This subtly glimmering lotion deepens fair and medium complexions and adds a lit-from-within sheen to dark skin tones. It’s iridescent, so when it catches the light, you’ll have an ethereal looking glow.
If you want to look tan fast, try this shimmery liquid bronzer. You can apply it solo all over your entire face or mix it in with your foundation to deepen the shade and add a radiant finish.
Some skin tones tend to appear more rosy or coral after a day spent in the sun. If that’s you, you’ll love these liquid blushes from NYX. Available in three multidimensional bronze shades, the dewy formula adds a subtle glow blended across the nose and cheeks.
This balm’s lightweight, mousse-y texture makes it perfect for pressing into your skin with your fingers or a sponge for a quick, out-the-door flush. It’s multi-use, so you can swipe it on as a bronzer, blush or eyeshadow.
Matte bronzer is likely one of the most underrated multi-use products stashed in your makeup bag. You can sweep this silky drugstore powder all over your face, blend it into the crease of your eye as a transition shade or pat it on it all over the lid for a subtle smoky eye.
This one-stop-shop product features a bronzer, blush and highlighter all in one super large pan, so you can use separate brushes to apply each shade individually or swirl them together with one big brush for an all over rosy glow.
This unique formula is so soft to the touch, it feels like a cream, but it’s actually a glowy powder. And because the pan is so large, you can also dust it all over your body too.
Take the guesswork out of choosing a complementary bronzer, blush and highlighter with this palette, with six versatile colorways to flatter every skin tone.
Blur the appearance of pores with this velvety soft powder bronzer, which is packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients. It’s talc- and oil-free, making it great for oily complexions, plus it contains hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins A, C and E.
For a chiseled, Instagram-ready effect, define your bone structure with this dual-ended highlight and contour stick. The shades Universal and Medium lean warm-toned, making them great for a natural-looking bronze.
For an instant bronze-y glow, we love combining this liquid with our foundation or body lotion and slathering it on all over the face and body. The subtle flecks of shimmer and tawny shades make you look like you just returned from a yoga retreat in Bali.
For a bronze tint that lasts, reach for this waterproof formula. The gradient powder is perfect for customizing how deep you want your tan, depending on your skin tone and the season.
Shimmer bronzer can be hard to find for fair skin, but we highly recommend this one in the shade Light. The formula contains shea butter and meadowfoam seed oil for a soft, glowy finish and buttery blendability.
For a boost of radiance, try a baked bronzer. This one comes in five different shades, including one that’s flecked with hints of pink to make you look like you spent all day lounging in the sun, minus the harsh UV rays.
Ideal for those with warm and yellow undertones, this bronzer adds a sunny wash of color to your complexion. It’s non-comedogenic and free of oils and fragrances, so it’s great for sensitive skin types as well.
Formulated with niacinamide to cut down on shine, soothing green tea extract and plumping sodium hyaluronate, this bronzer is a prime example of makeup-meets-skincare. The matte finish adds a flattering flush to fair, medium and deep skin tones.
It’s rare to find a bronzer with a shade range that transcends very fair to very deep skin tones, but this one does it. Infused with hyaluronic acid, it moisturizes and blurs imperfections as it provides a touch of sun to your skin.
If you’re on the hunt for a cream bronzer that adds warmth to deep complexions, try this product in the shade Cinnamon Roll. The formula is highly pigmented and the kitschy packaging makes it a delight to display on your vanity.
This handy stacked product contains everything you need for a bronzed and contoured look on all skin tones. Plus, you can easily use each shade on the lids for a defined smoky eye.
Baked on Italian terracotta tiles, this bronzer imbues a summery warmth and touch of shimmer all over your face and body. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and formulated sans parabens.
Moisturize your skin as you bronze with this cute chubby stick, which contains nourishing mango butter and apricot oil. It glides on smoothly and requires hardly any effort to blend.
This bronzer comes in six different shades with varying undertones as well as both matte and pearl finishes for a truly custom glow. They’re each neutral enough that they’ll never appear muddy or orange.
This illuminating bronzer practically melts into the skin. The creamy formula is great for days when you want to achieve a clean, no-makeup makeup look.
Carve out your bone structure and warm up your complexion with this cream and powder dual formula by Patrick Ta. It’s ultra pigmented, so a little goes a long way, and it’s cruelty-free.
This water-based bronzer stick is more sheer than it appears, making it a perfect beginner-friendly bronzer. We recommend dabbing it onto your hand before stippling it on with a makeup brush or sponge.
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