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The Best Bronzers for a Summer Glow

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
best bronzers for a glow

Ahh, the humble bronzer. It’s a beauty product that boasts many talents but is often overlooked.

The bronzer is a nifty little makeup asset that can help you fake it 'til you make it. Whether we need to wave bye-bye to a dull, wintry complexion, maintain our post-holiday color 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.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Powder Mini

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Powder


Hoola, who? Only the most notorious bronzer in the business. This number one selling powder is now available in four complexion-complementing shades – Hoola Lite, Hoola Original, Hoola Caramel and Hoola Toasted – meaning all skin tones can jump on board. Offering seamless application, this matte bronzer laces skin with a subtle, sun-kissed color.

Huda Beauty GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder 01 Light

Huda Beauty GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder


Next up is a brand that we'll love and trust until the end of time - Huda Beauty. This beauty giant will forever offer a selection of staple makeup products, one of them being the GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder. This pressed powder arrives in a beautiful marbled pan and delivers a two-toned glow, so you can choose between adding both warmth and radiance to your complexion.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer 002 Sunbronze

Rimmel Natural Bronzer


This bargain of a bronzer will only set you back a couple of dollars 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.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer Amber

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.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Deluxe Bronzer Deep

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Deluxe Bronzer


This warm-toned bronzer will have you looking like you stepped straight off the beach. Buttery soft, it glides on to give skin a long-wearing natural matte glow.

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer Mini-Size: Baked

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer


Just one swipe of this bronzing stick 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 color, making it the perfect addition to any summer makeup collection. Thanks to the nifty stick formula, 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.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer Saddle

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer


Golden, honey, amber or mocha, no matter what your shade, Anastasia Beverly Hills has a bronzer to match. Whether you like a soft summer glow or a more chiseled and defined finish, each bronzer within this collection has been designed to look natural - never orange - and offer buildable coverage.

Illamasqua Color Correcting Bronzer Dark

Illamasqua Color Correcting Bronzer


Wave goodbye to muddy cheekbones and color that fades as Illamasqua serve up a color-correcting bronzer. Balanced with cool and warm hues – the genuine colors found in a true tan – this compact is your secret to a fool-proof faux tan.

SOSU by SJ Got To Glow Self-Tan Mineral Powder Kabuki Brush included

SOSU by SJ Got To Glow Self-Tan Mineral Powder


A bronzer that makes us look like we’ve been sunning in Bali for the past two weeks? Yes, please. The fine-milled formula inside provides skin with a dreamy radiance, making this the ideal summer bronzer, for sure.

Bellamianta Sculpted Bronzer By Paddy McGurgan Farrah

Bellamianta Sculpted Bronzer By Paddy McGurgan

$13.98 $26.94 (49% off)

We love shiny, pretty things here at the Cosmetify HQ and this bronzer from Bellamianta is the definition of just that. The luxurious rose gold compact is home to a bronze pigment that delivers a seamless, sun-kissed, soft-focus finish.

Milani Baked Bronzer Dolce

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.

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Bronze Bar

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Bronze Bar


This bronzer stick from SOSU by SJ 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.

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Face Gel 50ml

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Face Gel


Rock a tanned appearance all year round with this face-bronzing gel from Lancome. Specially formulated to give your complexion a simmer glow, this gel bronzer effortlessly sinks into skin and leaves you with a streak- and stick-free tan.

Now that you know not to overlook your summer bronzer, why not check out our list of the best self-tan for pale skin?

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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