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Health and beauty
July 2022
Reading time 3 Minutes

Long gone are the days of too-dark, too-orange bronzers in chalky, flat finishes

The golden hour is all about the most flattering shades for a natural warmth with a dose of luminosity thrown in for good measure. And whether you prefer a translucent powder for an all-over glow, or the new-gen gels and balms for sheer yet buildable colour, it’s never been easier to achieve that beachy-bronze finish.

The new formulas also often come with added benefits, supercharged with nurturing skincare ingredients so you get smoother, healthier looking skin under your golden glow. It’s a win-win whichever way you look at it.

The perfect colour? Pick a shade no more than two tones deeper than your natural skin colour, and those with paler complexions look for a bronzer with a pink undertone to better reflect the way your skin naturally tans.

For the perfect sun-kissed finish, apply bronzer to those areas which naturally catch the sun; cheekbones, bridge of the nose and forehead. For an extra glow, gently tap a highlighter onto the very top of your cheekbones and bridge and tip of your nose and you’re good to go this summer.

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Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer, £22 Rare Beauty

A cream bronzer with liquid-like consistency, the easy-to-blend, water-resistant colour stick glides on easily for an instant sun-kissed glow..


Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour in Medium, £46 Chanel

A sun-kissed version of the iconic Les Beiges Sheer Powder, this luxurious powder-cream texture delivers a subtle, natural tan all whilst brightening skin with ultra-fine golden particles.

Ever Bronze Compact Powder, £30 Clarins

This nourishing powder bronzer contains organic coconut oil, anti-pollution complex and organic safflower to soften skin and help prolong a tan.

Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden, £24 MAC

 Lightly frosted, this tinted powder is perfect for strengthening a tan with a sheer, natural finish. 

Bionic Glow, £26 Milk Makeup

This liquid bronzer contains a mushroom-extract formula and is packed with skin-loving ingredients to keep you glowing and looking better. Dot over face to highlight, or use all over – it gives a natural-looking subtly radiant bronze finish.

No Makeup Bronzer, £30 Perricone MD

This sheer, blendable formula with skin-improving ingredients gives weightless colour without shine or shimmer. 

Soleil Glow Bronzer in Gold Dust, £55 Tom Ford

Silky, buildable bronzer with plant-derived butters to soften skin while imparting a lit-from-within golden glow.

D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, £31 Drunk Elephant

Add a drop of D-Bronzi to your favourite moisturiser or serum for a gorgeous glow and a potent dose of protective antioxidants and omega fatty acids.

Bronzing Gel,  £31 Sensai

With 70 percent water, this refreshing gel hydrates and protects while imparting a sheer bronze tint with a silky-smooth finish.

Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Bronzer, £50

Now iconic, Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Bronzer, is a soft powder with added pigments for the most flattering, radiant glow.

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