Bronzer is the misunderstood child of the makeup family, often written off as just too tricky to deal with. If applied too heavily, in the wrong places or just not blended well enough, your look can head into Oompa Loompa territory real fast, but it also holds the power to transform you into a just-spent-a-week-in-sunny-St-Tropez beach goddess if mastered.
The key to sunkissed success lies in the formula. There are two major players to keep in mind: colour and finish. Shade wise, it’s all about finding a warm-but-not-too-warm hue that hits the sweet spot between cool-toned brown (that can often look grey, muddy and messy on skin) and a terracotta tone (because Lindsay Lohan in 2005 is not our bronzer brief).
Finish depends more on your personal preference of course, but the key to a gilded glow that could pass as natural also lies in the middle ground in this realm. Sparkly shimmers can definitely out your glow as faux and true mattes run the risk of looking muddy. Somewhere in between lies a finish that will always look flawless.
You’re in luck, we’ve rounded up the 10 best bronzers that will work wonders for your look without fail, delivering the perfect amount of definition and warmth in universally flattering shades and finishes. Go ahead and glow.