« Makeup Wars: My Favorite Sunscreen. | Main | A Different Nail Enamel from Clinique. »

12 Best Bronzers to Fake a Tan.

Yay for the long weekend coming up. With Memorial Day upon us and it being the unofficial start to summer, it is time to start thinking bronzers for faking that summer glow. Just a little bit of bronzer can do wonders for warming up your face and bringing a bronzed look to it.

12 Best Bronzers to Fake a Tan | Beautiful Makeup Search


Bronzer is really easy to use and the best part is that you can control how much you apply it too. If you want to just look a bit more warm, dust it on your cheeks lightly. If you want to look like the sun kissed your face, apply it with a brush where the sun would hit you - cheekbones, nose, center of forehead and your chin. If you want to look like you have a great tan, dust bronzer on like you would a powder - all over your face.

I have talked about bronzers a lot before. Last summer I even categorized them into my Favorite Drugstore Bronzers and my Favorite Luxury Bronzers. This list of bronzers are either bronzers that I continually use or have just discovered but have already become part of my bronzer rotation. You will notice that some were on my favorites list too. Think of this as my overall favorite bronzer list, updated for 2013.

Best Bronzers to Fake a Tan

1. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder - $75.00
This luxury bronzer is perfect as it is "tailor made" for skin tones with four shades of bronzer in one palette. You can use each bronzer separately for each season or swirl them together like I do to get the perfect complimentary skin glow. I use Natural Blondes.

2. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - $38.00
This natural looking matte bronzer is my year round go to luxury bronzer.This bronzer adds that subtle warmth to my skin that I like on a daily basis. I like the matte formula for a natural everyday look. I use the shade medium.

3. Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Bronzer - $38.00
This bronzing powder is a baked version that offers a super silky feel and beautiful suntan glow to the skin. It is long-wearing and water resistant which is a must for the summer. It is also infused with antioxidants making it good for the skin.I use the lightest shade for a very natural looking bronzer look.

4. NARS Bronzing Powder - $36.00
This luxury bronzer is one that I have turned to for years. While I have used the cult favorite Laguna in the past, I recently discovered the shade Casino which is the darkest of the bronzer shades. This bronzer makes sure my bronze is deep yet believable. I like to swirl this bronzer lightly all over my face with a big fluffy powder brush.

5. It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer - $34.00
This matte powder bronzer adds both warmth and a subtle radiance to the skin. While it is matte, the anti-aging ingredients make skin appear younger and not flat as some matte products do. The compact is huge making it easy to use a large powder brush with it to add an all over bronzer look to the face.

6. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer - $32.00
This bronzer offers a superb radiant look to my skin. I prefer to use this bronzer when doing a night out look. It applies like silk and is best applied with a blush brush to control the amount of bronze because with this one less is more.

7. MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder - $30.00
From the MAC Temperature Rising summer collection, this powder bronzer looks beautiful on my skin and lasts all day, which I really need in the warm months. I use the shade Nude on Board for a natural bronze look. It is a silky bronzing powder that is perfect for everyday.

8. Anastasia Illumin8 Bronzer - $29.00
This luxurious bronzer both looks and feels beautiful on the skin as it give my cheeks a sun kissed look. I wear this bronzer all over my face when I want a light bronzed look. The formula is very hydrating so that it never settles into fine lines or wrinkles and makes my skin look better when wearing.

9. CARGO Water Resistant Bronzer - $28.00
This water resistant bronzer (that recently made my favorite waterproof makeup list) is a must for the summer. This bronzer has a perfectly natural shade of bronze color with a subtle glow (sheen) to it. It lasts all day and never streaks when I sweat. I use the medium shade.

10. IMAN Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder - $16.00
This sheer bronzing powder leaves my skin with a perfect hint of coral and bronzed glow. This bronzer contains three shades of bronzer and blush that when blended together looks beautiful on the skin. I use the shade Afterglow and apply it just to the apples of my cheeks, as I would blush.

11. Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzing Face Illuminator - $8.99
This drugstore bronzer is like a bronzer/highlighter in one. The formula reflects light to highlight the skin and create a warm shimmery glow while warming it up with a bit of bronze. This bronzer comes in one perfect universal shade.

12. NYC Sun 'n Bronze Bronzing Powder - $4.99
This drugstore bronzer has been a long time favorite bronzer of mine. The bronzing disc contains three various shades of bronzer that when swirled together offers the perfectly sun kissed look. I like Hamptons Radiance for a pink bronzed look or Fire Island for a pure golden bronze tanned look.


Reader Comments (14)

SO many good ones! I need to try a baked bronzer. It seems like everyone raves about those.
I really like the Bobbi Brown bronzer. I use the Light color and it is great for me. It looks natural on my skin tone and it is matte, but not chalky. I hate shimmery bronzer (but she does have one it is not for me).
Thanks for this. I have been looking for a new and I'm going to look for that Maybelline one.
I have a hard time finding a bronzer that blends naturally with my skin, I definitely need to check a couple of these out. Thanks!
nice suggestion, i have such a hard time finding one that doesn't look too gold or too ashy on my skin.
Thanks for the list and reviews. I didn't even know that Laura Geller had a new bronzer out. Time to shop I think. Have a great holiday weekend :)
I have a few of these and now you make me want more.
So pretty and I can't wait to go on a bronzer spree now.
Elizabeth Arden pure finish mineral bronzing powder does it for me - sheer gorgeous tan-ness!
Great post! Many great bronzers! I've tried a few of these and use NARS Laguna faithfully. I might try and deepen it up a bit with Casino. I've always hesitated but Laguna seems like such a popular choice that I seem to like to go with the masses. I like the look of the Maybelline special edition bronzer and might try that to be different for once too. I was just looking at them and now hope it's still there because now I think I really want that and another high end.
This is amazing. I've always wanted to have a fake tan because I think that tanning beds are too expensive and unhealthy for me. Make-up can really do wonders. Thanks for sharing which cosmetics to use to achieve a fake tan. I was just wondering why most celebrities have to undergo tanning themselves using those dangerous tanning beds when they can actually try these make-up tricks? Oh well, I consider myself lucky because I found this post of yours. Now I can try on myself, achieve the look that I want without damaging my health!
Now I want the Laura Geller and the Cargo!
Thanks for the list. I will give them a try. Note: I have tried BYC and broke out :( - it's worth spending a bit more money.
You have some great bronzers on your list! #1, Guerlain 4 Seasons is actually my #1 fav bronzer! I have it in 4 Medium Brunettes for my NC30/35 complexion. Another great drugstore option is Revlon Photoready Bronzer. It's matte & has 4 different shades in it, just like the Guerlain one.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.