Best Bronzers: 15 For A Subtle Sun-Kissed Glow

Hands up who's after a gorgeous, natural looking glow? Time to check out the best bronzers for fair skin, olive skin and everything in between...

It might be minus degrees outside – but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to warm up our complexion with a bronzer!

Whatever the weather, you can still look gorgeously sun-kissed thanks to these top bronzing powders and bronzing make-up formulas. And it needn’t be scary, either – even if you’ve got pale skin, these top rated powders will have you looking glowing and golden in no time. Whether you’re after a light tan or a shimmer-packed bronze, we’ve got you covered.

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Best Bronzer Bronzer Brush

You can’t perfect your bronzed skin without a brush to apply it with. Choosing a brush can be hard because there are loads out there, we’ve tried our fair share of them and we have to say It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush, £35  comes up trumps. It’s big and fluffy enough to sweep any bronzer seamlessly into your skin without leaving streaks or marks. We like to use it with Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Bronze; the mousey texture is buffed into the skin for a natural looking slow in seconds.

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Best Bronzers For Fair Skin

Going too dark with your bronzer can result in a slightly tragic tangoed look. Don’t dive in the deep (dark) end just because you want to get your glow on. Opt for powders which are not too brown and light in texture, that way you can build them up – remember it’s always easier to add than take away makeup. Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Bronze, £36, ticks all the boxes. It’s a mousse-meets-cream kinda texture and it’s so subtle you can even use it all over your face as a base. It’s easy to build up in layers so you never risk the dreaded mud face.

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Best Bronzers For Olive Skin

Tanned and olive complexions will need to go up a shade or two from those who are fair. Laura Mercier’s Radiance Baked Powder Bronzer in Shade 2, £28.50, is a make-up artist’s fave, and for good reason. It’s got a teeny tiny hint of shimmer, (don’t worry there are no chunks of glitter) which gives your skin just enough radiance to leave you looking like you’re back from the beach. Our Beauty Writer swears by it.

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Best Bronzer For Contouring

Contrary to most bronzers, you need to choose a brown with grey undertones. These mimic natural shadows, so are perfect for sculpting and shaping. Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder, £35 comes in three shades, so it covers nearly all complexions. It’s a finely milled, so the powder wont sit on your skin and it’s completely matte – you won’t find one sparkle, so it looks completely natural. We’ll take two, please.

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Best Bronzer In The UK

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, £24.50 has been a cult for as long as we can remember. What makes it so good? It’s that perfect just-sun-kissed shade that blends seamlessly into most skins. If you’re very dark skinned, this isn’t for you, but it’s great for fairer faces all the way up to olive tones. No sparkles here, it’s totally matte, which. is why it’s a staple among girls who don’t like looking as though they’re caked in it. The cute little bamboo brush is easy to use and fits snugly beneath any cheekbone –  making it great for contouring, too. There’s a mirror in the lid and the brush fits neatly inside, so it’s totally compact and great for on the go touch ups. Doesn’t cost the earth, either.

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Now you know what’s right for you, browse through our bronzers, we’re offering up everything from golden warm tones to cooler matte hues, all designed to leave your base looking beautifully sunkissed.

Once you’ve picked the best bronzer for you, you’ll want to know how to make the most of that golden glow. Watch our best tips on how to boost your bronze in three simple steps – these easy peasy tan-enhancing make-up tips are NOT to be missed… (Trust us).