Searching for a golden glow to make you look sun-kissed with a quick swipe of a brush? Then one of these products might be just what you’re looking for. Whether your skin tone is more Nicole Kidman than Nicole Richie, there is definitely a bronzer out there to suit everyone.
I’ve rummaged through my make-up bag to show you a selection of some of my favourite bronzing products.
First up is the MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural (£21). It’s not really a bronzer (okay, not at all), but I’ve included it here as it’s a great way to add a bit of warmth to your face without going overboard on shimmer. This matte face powder comes in 10 different shades and can be used to set foundation, alone or to touch up throughout the day. Lasts forever.*
Use if: you want to add a bit of colour to your face without looking like you’ve stepped through a shower of fairy dust.
Sadly I’ve just discovered this Boots 17 compact isn’t stocked any more, but I’ve kept it in as a good example of a non-shimmer bronzer and highlighter. Such a shame it’s been discontinued as it was a great budget buy. I’ll update this post as and when I find a good replacement for it. For anyone unsure where to apply highlighter and bronzer – this great video from Lisa Eldridge is really simple to follow.
Don’t be put off by the scary colour of this Chanel bronzer (£34) – it’s one of my all-time favourites and I promise it won’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa. Chanel change the packaging and shades occasionally, but it’s essentially the same product . The latest powder bronzers seem to be similar to the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks – a few colours in one compact that you mix together. Quite pricey, but even with regular use, a compact will last me a year or more. (See how I managed to justify it to myself there!)
Use if: you want natural bronzing effect with subtle shimmer.
This Chanel cream-gel bronzer (£31) is another great product if you want all-over colour, rather than highlighter or colour on cheeks. Best applied with a big powder brush, it gives a really natural tanned effect without any over-the-top shimmer. A little goes a long way, and I’m too ashamed to admit how long I’ve had this pot on the go! It can apparently be worn under or over foundation, but I always apply after.
A lot of people use the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (£32) in place of a bronzer or blusher – in other words, they brush a thick coating of it all over their cheeks. This isn’t really what the brick was designed for, rather it should be used for highlighting. So, a light dusting on cheekbones after blusher is a good thing. A thick layer of shine all over your cheeks doesn’t really flatter anyone. I don’t use this as much as other products, but is great if you want to add a touch of shimmer.
Available in five different shades.
Use if: you want to highlight.
I’m a huge fan of bronzers – especially at this time of year, so I’d love to hear from you if you have any top products to recommend.