Nothing says summer quite like the glow of lightly bronzed skin. And even though it’s grey, gloomy and in the midst of a bitter winter, we’re all about dreaming of sunny summer days. Or even better a quick sunny destination trip. Whether you’re faking a glow in winter, or planning a trip to the tropics, these are our favourite picks for faking the bake.
1. Nars Bronzer in Casino, $39, narscosmetics.com
We can’t hide our love for Nars cosmetics. From blush to gloss to this shade of bronzer. Ideal for darker skin tones, you can sweep a bit on your cheeks for colour, but it’s also great for a bit of contouring as well.
2. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $50, guerlain.com
With just a touch of a light pink in this bronzer makes it perfect for just about any skin tone. Plus you don’t need to worry about adding an extra flush for a healthy glow.
3. Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder, $28, benefitcosmetics.com
Brighten up your skin all year long with a dusting of this light and blendable powder. It gives a hint of colour, without worrying about the dreaded orange hue. We pair it with a touch of rosy bush for a healthy glow.
4. Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer in Golden Bronze, $42, smashbox.com
This loose powder is super blendable, which means no streaks that will give away your fake glow. And it also means it’s ideal for quick touch-ups, so be sure to keep it in your purse.
5. bareMinerals Faux Tan All-Over Face Color, $19, sephora.com
If you’re a fan of face powders and mineral powders then this is the best bronzer bet for you. You get the added benefits of minerals, and a super natural look.
6. Rimmel Natural bronzer, $7, rimmellondon.com
Don’t let the price fool you … you may be able to pick this bronzer up at your local drugstore, but its lasting power means you’re set to go all day long.
7. MAC Matte Bronzing Powder, $22, maccosmetics.com
We already have MAC’s amazing matte powder in our makeup bag, so this is a logical addition. Makeup artists also use this for contouring, so if you’re a pro with the brush, you can not only bronze but also shape and define those cheekbones.