The latest innovative formulas mix hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to improve skin while creating a gorgeous glow. Wear them alone or add them to your favorite foundation to turn up the radiance.
1By Terry Tea to Tan Water Color Bronzer Instant Double Glow, $58
As its name suggests, this bronzer is like tinted water. Full of antioxidant black and red tea, it also fights free radicals and helps prevent skin damage and aging. If you let the light-reflecting crystals settle at the bottom, the dropper will release a more matte bronze for a simple, natural glow. Shake the bottle, and the sparkly particles will mix in, adding an extra glistening effect.
We asked By Terry owner Terry de Gunzburg how to apply this seemingly tricky bronzer—and found it’s easier than you think! “For those who do not feel too comfortable with Tea to Tan application, follow this simple tip: Apply 3 drops directly onto a foundation brush and spread it into the skin. One-hundred percent healthy glow, zero mistakes!”
2Physician’s Formula Glow Boosting BB Cream, $15
It was only a matter of time until bronzer went BB. This skin-smoothing bronzer has SPF 20, so skin is protected while also taking on a healthy bronze. And with a self-tanning aspect to it, you can build a little color that’ll last even after you wash your face before bed.
3Becca Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector, $40
Although in typical powder form, this two-tone compact makes creating depth and contrast super easy. One shade has black undertones, which is perfect for sculpting the lower points of the face, and a light white-gold infused shade that highlights and defines the high parts. It also mattifies, helping keep oil under control and blur imperfections in the skin.
4Eve Lom Golden Radiance Bronzing Powder, $48
Not only is this bronzer totally travel-friendly, but it also improves your skin with each use. Fruit stem-cell extracts help stimulate the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid and are rich in antioxidants, which help strengthen the skin barrier and improve suppleness and skintone.
The finely textured pigments deliver a soft, warm glow with a transparent finish. It’s lightweight on the skin, and really easy to blend for a customized bronze finish.
5It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer, $34
Combining both a matte shade and a shimmery one, this formula is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry all day about it rubbing off. Hydrolyzed collagen and peptides treat the skin and anti-age, while the brand’s “drops of light technology” helps to color correct and even out tone.
6Japonesque Liquid Light Luminescent Highlighter, $28
This light-reflecting liquid has a bit of shimmer to it, so it works great is a highlighter. Apply to the cheekbones, bridge of nose and bow of the lip to accent and shape your features. Or, use on the entire face as a foundation base for an all-over wash of radiant color.
7Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bronze Light, $11
This lightweight, super-sheer illuminator contains pigments that reflect the light beautifully to minimize flaws and create a natural glow. Light0capturing crystals make skin more luminous, creating a gorgeous highlighted effect.
Wear it alone, applied to the high points of the face to brighten and highlight your features, or mix it with foundation to add a bronze glow.
8Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum, $47
Tarte’s latest innovation combines its skin-hydrating and anti-aging maracuja oil, soothing allantoin and a self-tanning complex to give you a gradual tan instead of just a wash-away bronze. Apply daily until you get the color you want—you’ll be improving your skin in the process.
9Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Sundance, $43
A combo of four different shades, this palette allows you to mix or use separately the gorgeous bronze and pearlescent highlighting shades to create a custom color and contour. Plus, it contains jojoba seed oil and honeysuckle flower extract, hydrating and nourishing ingredients that’ll help improve skin health while giving you a glow.
10Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15, $64
Fine pigments are suspended in a mixture of five non-comedogenic oils to create this weightless skin-enhancing bronzer. Since it’s so light, you can easily layer this formula with your other skincare and makeup.
Tim Quinn, Celebrity Face Designer for Giorgio Armani Beauty, tells us Liquid Summer can be used three different ways: blended into moisturizer or sunscreen to create a beautiful no-makeup look, added to foundation to bronze up the pigment, or simply applied on top of makeup with a powder brush the same way you’d do a powder bronzer.