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The Best Bronzers for Summer

By Carly Cochrane - 2 years ago | Updated
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Ahh, the humble bronzer. It’s a beauty product that boasts many talents but is often overlooked.

Living in the UK, we rarely experience sunshine and are quite unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘summer glow’. With that being said, the bronzer is a nifty little makeup asset that can help us fake it 'til we make it. Whether we need to wave bye-bye to a dull, wintry complexion, maintain our post-holiday colour for as long as possible or catfish our way to chiseled cheekbones, bronzer is undoubtedly perfect for the job.

To help you discover your golden match in time for the summer season, here's a roundup of the best bronzers.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer

£36.25 £43.00 (16% off)

You'll easily be able to see why this makeup marvel from Estee Lauder is one of the best bronzers for summer. It's lightweight, natural and super-glowy, plus it comes with its own handy brush so you can top up on your tan as you go about your day.

Benefit Hoola Toasted


Benefit will forever be the makeup giant that offers a selection of holy grail products. If you're a fan of an extra dark, extra matte finish on your bronzer, this is the product for you. The 'Toasted' version of their iconic Hoola bronzer is specifically designed for those with deeper complexions, or those who want to look like they've stepped fresh off the plane from Barbados.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

£6.99 £7.92 (12% off)

This bargain of a bronzer will only set you back a couple of quid but delivers a sun-kissed finish that could fool anyone twice. The dreamy, velvety texture glides across skin and instantly warms up your complexion with a natural, matte glow.

Milani Baked Bronzer


Milani provide a bronzer that's boujee but on a budget. As well as the prestigious gold packaging, this finely-milled pressed powder is embellished with threads of gold shimmer so that you can lay down an enviable summer glow. If that wasn't impressive enough, its unique silk-like texture is inspired by Italian terracotta tiles.

ICONIC London Sheer Bronze

£16.00 £21.24 (25% off)

This liquid bronzer from ICONIC London is so versatile, you’ll be drowning in radiance. Boasting a subtle golden shimmer, you can swipe this bronzer across your cheeks and forehead, blend it over your collarbones and even swipe it down your shins for an unmatched glow.

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

£17.50 £17.65 (1% off)

A bronzer that makes us look like we’ve been sunning in Bali for the past two weeks? Yes, please. Not only is the packaging super cute, but the fine-milled formula inside provides skin with a dreamy radiance. This is the ideal summer bronzer, fo' sho'.

Sigma Beauty Sculpt Highlight & Contour Palette

£25.19 £39.15 (36% off)

Home to three stunning bronzer shades and a highlighter, this palette is perfect if you want to customise a glow that’s individual to you. Mix and match the sheer powders or use them individually for a more chiselled effect.

Bellamianta Illuminating Bronzing Drops


A few of these bronzing drops is enough to give you that post-holiday glow. It's creamy, it's buildable and it boasts just the right amount of sun-kissed colour, making it the perfect addition to any summer makeup collection. You can warm up your complexion or create a more contoured look. We particularly love this bronzer as it can be thrown in any handbag and used on-the-go.

Illamasqua Colour Correcting Bronzer

£25.50 £34.47 (27% off)

Wave goodbye to muddy cheekbones and colour that fades as Illamasqua brings a fool-proof bronzer. Balanced with cool and warm shades – the genuine colours found in a true tan – plus a colour-correcting pigment, this compact is your secret to a beautiful bronzing.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer


Bluffing your way to a natural glow is made easy with this powder bronzer. A favourite amongst beauty experts in the Cosmetify office, this formula combines satin, pearl and matte finishes in a subtle gradient of shades to help you achieve a soft shimmer and multi-dimensional bronze hue.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

£26.45 £30.00 (12% off)

We love shiny, pretty things here at the Cosmetify HQ and this bronzer from Too Faced is the definition of just that. The luxurious velvet powder provides a shimmer-free, sun-kissed colour that's never too orangey. Not to mention, it really does smell like chocolate, thanks to an infusion of 100% real cocoa powder.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer


Sun's out, cheeks out! RiRi makes sure that your complexion is looking its healthiest throughout summer with the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer. The true-to-life shades, non-greasy and non-slip formula ensures a high-fashion finish that lasts all day.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

£46.00 £51.85 (12% off)

If this cute compact doesn’t scream ‘summer glow’ then we’re not sure what does. Charlotte Tilbury is our go-to gal when we’re yearning for skin that looks dewy, glowy and fantastically flawless. The Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette provides just that. Dabble in a warm bronzing powder before dusting cheeks with the dazzling highlighter for the perfect summer glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer


If you're not looking to cash in on a highlighter, Charlotte Tilbury can also provide the perfect solo bronzer. You'll never have to Facetune an Insta pic again as this bronzer not only warms up your complexion, it airbrushes it. That's right, a pore-blurring effect is delivered with every sweep, thanks to a finely-milled powder formula that's bursting with hyaluronic acid.

Sigma Beauty Matte Bronzer

£23.09 £33.95 (32% off)

No matter what your shade, Sigma has a bronzer to match. Whether you like a soft summer glow or a more chiselled and defined finish, each bronzer within this collection has been designed to look natural - never orange - and offer buildable coverage.

SOSU by SJ Got To Glow Self-Tan Mineral Powder

£7.46 £12.95 (43% off)

If you're looking for a bronzer that's kind to skin, animals and the environment, this is the winning choice. The fine and featherweight mineral powder sweeps effortlessly over skin before settling into a warm sun-kissed finish. Whether you wear it alone or over foundation, you can guarantee your natural radiance is visibly enhanced.

Now that you've picked up your haul of the best bronzers for summer, why not check out our list of the best fake tans for your face? Don't let British weather stop you from getting your glow on this season.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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