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Best Bronzers From Cheap to Steep

Plus, find out how to properly apply bronzing powders


When it comes to bronzers, you can afford to spend more. The best bronzers aren't found in the drugstore. Using a big brush, blow off the excess and apply to spots where the sun naturally hits: The forehead, cheeks and nose.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

This bronzer is a staple in 'InStyle' magazine's annual 'Best Beauty' lists. The color isn't too "orange" which can be a problem with bronzers. If you get a lighter color (say 2) then you can layer more color for darker results. There's a bit of sheen or shimmer which looks great, too. The 1 is perfect for blondes with pale skin, the 2 is for brunettes and the 20 is moisturizing and perfect for those who tan naturally. You can use different shades for different times of the year.

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e.l.f. Essentials Bronzer Kit

e.l.f.'s bronzers are immensely popular and this kit includes all e.l.f.'s best bronzers in one convenient package. Use these bronzers throughout the year, taking care to choose the shades that perfect your sun-kissed look each season.


NARS Bronzing Powder

This is one of the most popular bronzers rated on Makeupalley.com. Users love it because it goes on without looking "dirty." Although pricey, the powder will last a loooooong time and if you use it almost daily, the cost per use is worth it. Apply with a big, fluffy bronzer brush for best effects, you can use a smaller brush to create contouring just under the cheekbones.

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Iman Afterglow Bronzer

It's rare that a product gets a perfect score on Makeupalley.com, but Iman's bronzer does. Of the users who tried this, 100 percent said they would buy it again at the time of this writing. This bronzer was created for women of color and can act as a blush or a bronzer depending on skin tone. Use the darker of the trio of the colors for a bronzer effect and the lighter 2 colors for a blush. Many women apply with a Kubuki brush.

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MAC's Bronzer

MAC is a beloved brand for so many women and their bronzer is a favorite product. Users love it's natural look which isn't muddy or too orange. It's one of those makeup drawer favorites that a MAC lover buys again and again. Comes in various shades depending on skin color. "Golden" is a favorite shade, although some women report the shimmer in these bronzers is a bit too much. Don't like shimmer? Try a more matte bronzer.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Another very popular, tried-and-true bronzer, you can use the dual shade in summer and winter, using more of the darker shade for summer and the lighter for winter. Great for oily skin.

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Laura Mercier Bronzing Powder

This is my hands down favorite bronzer. I am fair and find that even the lightest shade (Matte Bronzer) gives me color. I like that it has no shimmer in it. I use a huge brush and apply to all the spots where the sun might naturally hit: My forehead, nose and cheeks.

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The Body Shop Bronzing Powder

If you are looking for a very natural sun-kissed look with little-to-no shimmer, give this medium-priced bronzer a shot. It's beloved by users and one of those "oldie-but-goodie" products that have stood the test of time.

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