As many of us had plans to be jet-setting this summer but were met with indoor destinations instead, I’ve sought the bronzing miracles to give the appearance that we’ve spent time in warmer climes, even when it’s just the local park. The best bronzers give you a healthy and radiant glow, even when you’ve not had the chance to get more Vitamin D. A few swipes with a brush there or a couple of dabs of gel there, and you’ll look like you’ve been on the Costa del Sol, even if it’s more like Costa del London Fields.
To master a luminescent complexion, it’s worth noting what to look for in a bronzer and the tools you’ll want to be equipped with to successfully craft your summer skin. A general recommendation is to avoid bronzers that are too orange or too grey. On any skin tone this will either over exaggerate or flatten the complexion, drawing away from the desired look.
On fairer skin tones, reach for a shade that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone but has a mix of tan and rose undertones to enhance your complexion and always apply it with a light hand.
For light to medium skin tones, you want to focus on bronzers that are quite neutral with slight gold undertones, this will create a warm, golden glow without going too orange.
Coppers, golds, reds and terracottas, are the sort of warmer shades and undertones that work perfectly for tan and olive skin tones. Avoid straying from your natural skin tone though and focus on the warmer shades, as anything cool will instantly flatten your complexion and appear dull on the skin.
For dark to deep-dark skin tones, stick to your natural skin tone—you are enhancing and defining, not sculpting as a contour would do. Instead focus on the pigment and undertone, look out for gold, terracotta, and red, they will add a further warmth to the skin and for a shimmer. Also, try playing with metallics to create a natural radiance.
Once you’ve got the correct colour, it goes without saying that applying bronzer correctly is a must but it’s easy if you get the tools right. Founder of Artist Couture and makeup artist, Angel Merino advises “the best brush for both powder and cream bronzer is an angled brush that can carve out a subtle definition. I really love using the BareMinerals Seamless Shaping & Finish Brush, it’s the perfect dome shape to blend out products and the tip is tapered to achieve definition at the same time”.
With the colour, tools and technique down, discover the best bronzers to achieve your dewy, destination skin.