Gone are the days that bronzer 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 and realistic shades to suit all skin tones available.
From gels that melt into summer skin to easy-to-use sticks and two-in-one contour palettes, scroll on for eight 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.