Best Bronzers

The Bronzer Edit

If I had to choose only three products to do my makeup with, I would most likely pick mascara, concealer and BRONZER. To me bronzer is a year-round staple: it lifts my sallow complexion in the winter and enhances my tan in the summertime. It’s amazing how quickly a brown powder can bring your face back to life. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 picks, all for different bronzing needs.

Chanel Les Beiges in shade 50

Let’s begin with my all-time favorite. Part bronzer, part finishing powder (depending on the shade you choose), apply it all-over or just on the areas that naturally tan first and it’ll give you the prettiest healthy glow. Shade 50 may look dark in the pan, but trust me, it’s not. This powder is so sheer that it needs some building up to show on my tanned skin and looks great when I’m at my palest in the dead of winter. I’ve had it for over two years and I’ll definitely repurchase it when it runs out. If the price point is not an issue, GET IT! It’s not just my favorite bronzer, but also one of my favorite makeup items of all times. YEP!

Essence Sun Club in 01 Natural – Blondes

At the other end of the price spectrum, we find this amazing matte bronzer by Essence. Cheap in price, but definitely not in quality, it is similar to Les Beiges in the sense that it’s very finely milled and it’s practically impossible to overapply. Plus, it smells like coconut! I have the lighter one of two shades and I use it to liven up my complexion when I’m pale and as a setting powder when I’m tanned. Definitely a great option for fairer skintones.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Medium/Deep

A cult favorite with good reason, this matte, medium-dark bronzer with warm undertones is buttery, easily blendable and long-lasting. Unlike the products above, this one is highly pigmented, so it’s better to start with a light hand and build up intensity, if desired. Its mouth-watering cocoa smell will satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Laura Geller Bronze-N-Brighten in Medium

If you’re fair skinned and like your bronzer shimmery, this baked powder by Laura Geller is the one for you. The glitter particles are actually so small that even I, oily skinned and matte lover, don’t mind them. With one sweep you’ll get a subtle glow, with two you’ll start building up the color.

Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in 02 Brunettes

This weightless foundation works amazingly well as a liquid bronzer. I apply it where the sun would normally hit me using my Real Techniques Setting Brush and it gives me the most natural, long-lasting sunkissed look.

Is bronzer a staple in your makeup bag? Do you have any products to recommend?

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  • Reply
    Kiss & Make-up
    August 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I’d love to try that Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation!

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      Carol in a
      August 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

      I’ve never come across anything quite like it. It has a moussy texture and feels ‘silicony’ on the skin. It’s so weightless that, once applied, it doesn’t look like you have a layer of product on the skin.

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    August 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I like bronzers especially in summer. It gives really nice definition to the face xx

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      Carol in a
      August 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I agree, it’s nice how it defines your features even if you’re not going for a full on contoured look.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Bronzers have been my go-to product this summer! Mainly because I don’t like tanning, and my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer has been amazing! I have also used my Bobbi Brown bronzer a lot for contouring. But I have to try the Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation, as I have never tried a liquid bronzer before and i sounds exciting.

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      Carol in a
      August 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I love it because its second skin effect makes it look more natural than powders.

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    August 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t use my bronzers enough! I’m always attracted to the coral blushes in my stash and I forget about bronzers. I do like how they look on me when applied lightly though!

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      Carol in a
      August 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Sheerer bronzers are my favorite as there’s no risk of going overboard.

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