The Top 10 Best Bronzers

Love the look of sun-kissed skin but hate the damage it can do to your complexion? You’re not alone. The popularity of bronzers has grown exponentially thanks to their ability to give the skin a golden flush and for defining features to create a more sculpted look. Flip through for our favorite bronzers, for any kind of look.

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A Hint of Shimmer
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid
($48)

Light enough to wear on its own, this liquid bronzer leaves the skin with an ethereal glow thanks to light-reflecting pigments that also help to enhance skin tone.

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A Natural Finish
Claudio Riaz Wet/Dry Instant Bronze
($34)

Innovative and inimitable, this bronzer can be applied to the skin dry or wet. Lightly dust glow; for a more intense look and to deepen the color mist your brush with water and apply.

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The Anti-Ager
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronze Powder ($38)

Packed with good-for-your-skin damage defenders like green and white tea, this solid compact, which comes in three different skin-flattering shades, lends a soft golden glow to the skin.

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A Sheer Wash of Color
Guerlain Sheer Bronzing Powder ($50)

Wearing bronzer needs not equate to superdark skin that looks unnatural and obvious. This lightweight powder echoes the effects of the sun via a combination of different hues of bronzer and pearlescent particles to leave the skin with a healthy flush. Pick your shade based off your skin and hair color.

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Long-Lasting Color
Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer
($45)

A bronzer that stands up to water, humidity and temperamental weather? Now that’s unique. The silky paraben-, fragrance- and oilfree powder glides onto the skin with zero streaking and stays where you put it. To remove, rinse it off with soap and water or makeup remover.

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Bronzer and Blush in One
IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Brightening Face Disc
($38)

When using a bronzer for contouring it’s just as important to apply blush, too. Housed within this oversized compact lies a pretty pink blush, a matte bronzer and a pearlescent highlighter so you can layer one over the other for definition and an ethereal glow.

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A Matte Finish
Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze
($32)

If you want a bronzer that’s more on the matte side as opposed to shimmery (especially handy for contouring purposes) turn to this mineral-based one. Nondrying and suitable for all skin types—even more mature skins—this vitamin E-rich formula also offers all day staying power that doesn’t shift or fade.

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Multiple Benefits
Stila One Step Bronze
($36)

In order to get the perfect canvas for flawless makeup, you need to start with prepped and primed skin. This bronzer not only lends a dose of healthy color but it also nourishes the skin, temporarily smooths out lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, and keeps oil production to a minimum. 

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Creamy Color
Too Faced Aqua Bunny Bronzer
($28)

Buff  this antioxidant-rich formula onto skin and watch it transform from cream to powder. The water-, heat and humidity-proof bronzer lends a totally natural hue and finish.

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The Hydrator
Vincent Longo Hydro Stick
($25)

A water-based formula, this easy-to-apply stick makeup gives a subtly tanned look. Plus, since it boasts a unique water technology it effortlessly glides onto the skin giving a cooling and hydrating effect.

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