If you can’t get away this winter, or if you want to boost dull lack lustre skin, it’s never been easier to cheat that summer glow well into the winter months.
Gone are the days that bronzers came in one shade and very few formulas – usually a big pot of cakey powder or those small beads that made a mess of your makeup bag – but right now there are plenty of clever products available and a range of shades to suit all skin tones.
From gels that melt into your skin to easy-to-use sticks and illuminating drops, scroll on for 16 of the best.
The gel formula of Chantecaille’s iconic gel bronzer is ideal for warm weather days when a traditional powder feels too much. Just a drop will give your face the perfect golden glow and last up to 12 hours. And the buttery texture is lovely for applying straight to the skin when you want to go without foundation.
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Makeup artist to the A-list, Charlotte Tilbury knows a thing or two about getting a film star glow and this dreamy palette allows you to slim, sculpt and highlight your features with two clever shading and highlighting tones. Essentially, it’s a contour palette with softness, thanks to a mix of pearl and pigment that will help you achieve a sun kissed glow rather than a face that looks, well, a little bit grubby.
There isn’t a makeup artist worth their salt who doesn’t have this in their kit. Chanel’s creamy bronzer buffs into skin seamlessly, turning from a gel-like consistency to a gorgeous allover glow. At £43 it’s not cheap, but the tub lasts for ages and it’s Chanel after all.
If you’re not that confident with doing your own makeup, Milk’s wonder stick makes bronzer application easy. Simply swipe under your cheekbones, jawline and hairline and blend out with a brush – fingers will do for ultimate fuss-free makeup. The NYC-based brand is dedicated to cruelty-free and paraben-free principles, plus it’s all 100% vegan, all whilst giving epic payoff in terms of pigment.
Bobbi Brown’s Real Nudes Collection Face Palette slims down your makeup bag with its trio of glow givers. Use the Bronzing Powder to contour below the cheekbone, on the forehead, nose and under the chin; the Illuminating Powder on top; and the Blush on the apples of your cheeks blending outwards for a ‘two weeks in the South of France’ look in two minutes.
e.l.f’s beautiful palette offers up four shades to mix together throughout the year for a custom-made glow, plus it comes in at just £9. Apply to cheeks, hairline, forehead, jawline and double it up as an eyeshadow palette to really get your cost per wear.
An oldie but a goldie, Benefit’s Hoola has been part of our beauty arsenal since our teenage years. It’s matte formula makes it easy to use as a deep bronzer or to contour for a sun kissed but sculpted look. Plus, it now comes in lighter and darker shades to work for multiple skin tones.
Clinique’s long-wearing, creamy, foolproof stick makes applying bronzer easy. The oil-free formula makes it perfect for adding a faux glow to summer skin without worrying about it slipping down your face as the temperature rises. Despite containing no oil, it has a seriously creamy formula that will add warmth and depth to the face.
Rihanna’s beauty range is fast becoming any makeup guru’s staple, and there’s a reason her products are so often sold out. This cream bronzer is light and buildable, so it’s perfect to swipe on for a quick glow.
This light serum is perfect for layering under your SPF and makeup, with hyaluronic acid for an added hit of hydration. Biotherm’s hero ingredient, Life Plankton™, a pure thermal plankton extract containing 35 nutrients, proteins and vitamins help revive the skin’s vital functions and give that natural healthy glow at any time of the year.
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If you fancy a little bit more shimmer to your glow, then try Nars’ Bronzing Powder. Dust over the high points of the face to lift your complexion and add some colour to lack lustre skin.
Iconic have developed the easiest way to get that holiday glow, right from the bottle. The formula applies an ultra-sheer wash of subtle warmth to your base, so you can gradually build to the colour you want. Apply to bare skin for a subtle glow, or mix with your favourite foundation for a deeper warmth.
If an all-over glowing complexion is what you’re after, then look no further than Pai Skincare’s bronzing drops. Infused with naturally-derived pigment, the buildable formula delivers a customisable glow. It is packed with hyaluronic acid and sea kelp for hydration, and lemon fruit water to illuminate the skin.
Golden hour might now be at 3pm, but with this gorgeous palette you can fake that Insta lighting any time of the day. Boasting four, long-wearing shades, the palette offers dewy cream and smooth powder formulations in metallic brown and champagne hues to define and enhance your features. The multi-use formulas can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips for an all-over glow.
One of the first high-impact products out there, Iconic London’s Illuminator has become a favourite amongst celebrities and makeup artists. Add a touch of product to your cheekbones and along your nose for that glass-skin effect.
Fuss-free and compact, these self tan drops are the perfect way to boost your glow without heading abroad. Simply add a few drops to your moisturiser at night time and wake up to a sun-kissed glow worthy of the Maldives. Enriched with skin-boosting and hydrating Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, these self-tan drops help to minimise skin imperfections and unify uneven skin tone.