Nothing says summer like bronzed and glowing skin, and whilst we’ve been fortunate with the weather thus far as we head towards colder months we’ve pulled together some of the best bronzer products to help you maintain your glow even when the sun stops shining.
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy shimmer on the cheeks, a full face tan mist, a gradual tan or an instant all over fake tan, this list has something for everyone.
But remember, whilst a good quality fake tan product and professional application technique are important, exfoliating the skin thoroughly is key to achieving that golden glow.
Regular exfoliation will ensure your skin is more receptive to moisturiser generally, and it helps tanning products absorb more evenly so you avoid any streaky finish.
Products such as the Invigorating Body Sponge – £2.99, by Ramer Sponges are a must-have tanning tool. It lightly exfoliates the skin, unblocking the pores and leaving the skin feeling clean, bright and revitalised.
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£16 | Buy now from Lusso Tan
Why we love it? This face and hand mist is a great alternative to bronzer and super kind on the skin.
If you’re looking for a flawless, fuss-free glow then this is the product for you. A formula that has been created specifically for the face so not only can you achieve that elusive golden glow, but it delivers skincare benefits to boot. With Vitamins A and E, it nourishes skin and helps combat fine lines.
Best applied in the evening, the Lusso Face and Hand Mist will give a gradual light tan. Simply spritz onto skin, blend into the hairline and down the neck with a makeup brush and voila! It’s as easy as that.
One application left me with a streak-free tan for four days with no need to top up in-between. It’s worth noting though that it did have the faint biscuit smell you come to recognise with fake tan and it’s not so subtle when it’s on your hands and face!
Lusso Tan offers a full range of vegan and cruelty-free self-tanning products with easy application whilst protecting and hydrating the skin, including the ingenious Lusso Tan Bath Bomb designed to remove fake tan whilst you soak!
£19 | Buy now from Dr Hauschka
Why we love it? You get a lot of bang for your buck with this bronzing tint from the fabulous Dr. Hauschka.
Perfect for all skin tones, the Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint can be mixed with your usual daytime moisturiser. This allows you to create nuances and soften the appearance of blemishes and imperfections, for a faultless finish.
The best bit – there’s no streaks or orange tones, but you can mix as little or as much as you like to blend with your natural tone to achieve the ultimate golden glow.
Why we love it? Charlotte continues to wow us with the new Airbrush range.
As one of the latest editions to the Charlotte Tilbury collection, the Airbrush Bronzer is definitely the secret weapon for radiant skin. Its lightweight texture adds dimension and definition to the cheeks and wears like a second skin. Enhancing the natural pigments in the skin, the gentle hues kiss the face and give a subtle bronzed finish.
Available in four universally flattering colours, this powder comes in a shell-shaped casing and will bring a brilliant flash of colour to pale and lacklustre skin. For those of us a little more adept at applying make-up (not us!), this bronzer can add some killer definition with some clever contouring to create cheekbones and enhance the collarbone.
You can view our editor’s article on the full Airbrush range to see what else is on offer too.
£35 | Buy now from Tan Luxe
Why we love it? The Super Glow Body is like liquid gold and a fake tan that’s definitely worth trying.
This gradual tan from Tan Luxe is an absolute game changer and will leave you with a soft bronze glow that looks natural and believable on every skin tone.
Not your average fake tan, the Super Glow Body is a serum infused with a unique blend of hyaluronic acids and powerful superfoods, for glowing skin that looks and feels softer and firmer from first use.
It does exactly what it says on the tin/bottle and gives a gorgeous glow and nourishing radiance. Packed with the same hyaluronic acid you would find in most your daily skincare serums, it’s just as good for your skin and equally easy to apply, massaging into skin with circular motions.
£30 | Buy now from NARS
Why we love it? This bronzer will leave you with a luscious, natural sun-kissed glow.
Bring a much-needed dose of sunshine to your skin with the NARS Laguna Bronzer.
This matte powder offers more of a healthy glow than a holiday tan with an array of hues for light to medium skin tones. It builds well, and a little goes a long way so brush lightly onto the areas of the face that the sun would hit naturally to leave your skin with a subtle sheen.
This is definitely a go-to all year round bronzer and one that you’ll keep buying over and over again.
£28 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
Why we love it? This bronzer leaves you with a super shimmery and radiant finish.
Infused with real crushed diamond powder and light-reflecting pearls, the Too Faced Diamond Bronzer adds a glowing warmth to your complexion for dimension that works on any skin tone. It illuminates the skin whilst the subtle shimmer adds luminosity when applied to the cheekbones.
In addition, this incredibly fine and delicate powder can be layered to intensify the look. And it can be used individually as an eye shadow to create a coordinated and lasting finish.
Presented in a decorative box and carved into a diamond shape, this is the jewel of all bronzers with its beautiful shifting bronze, gold and copper tones, perfect for all complexions.
Alicia is a PR consultant and freelance journalist with more than a decade specialising in all things tech. In her free time, when not juggling three children, she writes beauty articles and can be found wining and dining writing food and drink reviews