Our Perfect Bronzer Guide

Summer is the perfect time of year to play with colour, and what's more fun than a faux-tan? Bronzer is a great place to start, and we have the best 5 products out there, listed right here, just waiting for you to try them!

#1 Stila Sun Bronzing Powder
Built in SPF15 is the first winning factor, and then there's the fact that it's actually the perfect natural shade. Available in two variations to accommodate all skin tones, #1 can be a little frightfully orange in the packaging, but just trust us when we say it is the perfect nearly-matte bronzer that is ideal for summer.

#2 Urban Decay Naked Flushed
Urban Decay's Naked Flushed is a tri-colored wonder. Bronze, shimmer, and a rose colored powder make up this beautiful bronzer by the makeup giant. You can use each stage of the powder individually, which gives you a contour color, a highlighter, and a blush, or simply sweep your brush through the whole thing and get a summer colour that compliments every skin tone.

#3 Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer
Another natural, shimmering winner, Too Faced has done is again. Like the Urban Decay one we just mentioned, this bronzer also boasts a rose-undertone, which mimics a natural tan perfectly. Packaged as a bake of two shades, you have the option of mixing them together, or going one-by-one depending on your mood or desire.

#4 Benefit Hoola
Who doesn't want to look like they just got back from Hawaii? Benefit's super cute and compact bronzing powder can give the illusion you've just been at a luau, without the hefty price-tag of flight and accommodation. Fake a natural tan by sweeping the product over your nose, forehead, and chin using the brush that comes with it.

#5 N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder
I have an irrational fear of drug-store brand makeup. It makes me sound so uppity, but I'm very weary to get makeup from anywhere I can also buy a laxative. I need to snap out of the delusion, though, as I quickly learned once I got my hands on this winning product from N.Y.C. The colour is buildable, so you have full control, it goes on smoothly, and gives you a beautiful bronzed look. Plus, the price can't be beat. Consider me converted!

Essential Bronzing Tips
1. Always tap excess product off your brush before applying.
2. Abide by the Rule of Three, sweeping the product in a 3-shaped motion on each side of your face: From forehead to cheekbone, and from cheekbone to jawline.
3. Bronzer can be applied like you'd use a blush (on cheeks), or it can be used as a contouring device – whatever you do, don't overdo it!

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