bronzers for sunkissed glow

The Best Bronzers for Faking a Sunkissed Glow

Summer skin in just one swipe.

By: Hannah Baxter

Although a beach vacation isn’t in the cards for the near future (a small price to pay for safety), there’s no reason why you can’t mimic that sun-kissed look throughout the upcoming weeks—that’s the beauty of makeup. Bronzer, in particular, has been our beauty savior all winter long, and with a few more months to go until summer finally arrives, we decided to share what formulas we turn to when our skin is looking a little less than glowy. Whether you like a subtle tint across your nose and cheekbones or are a master of the full-face beat, these seven bronzers will help you look like a beachy goddess (no matter your skin tone) in no time.


Nars Bronzer Powder, $40

A dash of shimmer gives this powder bronzer all of the glow you need for replicating the ideal summertime look. It’s a superfine milled formula, so it never feels heavy on the skin, and it looks gorgeous on a wide range of skin tones.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, $30

There’s a reason you’ll spot this bronzer in every makeup fanatic’s kit—it really is that good. Whether you want a contoured cheekbone or an all-over sun-kissed look, this powder (which comes in four shades) will help you get there without ever looking unnatural.

Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer, $75

Luxe clean beauty brand Westman Atelier nailed it with this silky matte bronzer. The formula even has cocoa seeds to minimize redness and help heal breakouts so your skin looks even better after you wear it.

Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer, $29

We always love a creamy bronzer, especially if you’re already a fan of a cream blush and highlight. This new Tarte formula helps keep your skin looking dewy and radiant while added marine plant extracts soften the appearance of fine lines.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan, $49

If you want to feel like you truly are on a beachside vacation, this coconut-scented bronzer is the formula for you. The warm matte finish can replicate a gorgeous summer tan in just one swipe of a brush, and the compact is generous enough to last an entire year with ease.

CHANEL Beauty Soleil de Tan Bronzing Makeup Base, $50

Another hockey-puck-sized bronzer, this bronzer is a cream-gel hybrid with a velvet finish that melts into your skin beautifully. We love to brush this along our cheekbones and add a little tap on the bridge of the nose to replicate a subtle sunburn (without the damage).

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer, $30

We’ll always trust RiRi to help us look perfectly sunkissed. This soft-matte formula comes in eight delicious shades that are also transfer resistant, so no need to worry about your beat coming off when you hug someone.

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