The Best Bronzers To Boost Your Inner Glow

It's no secret that a little bit of bronzer can define your cheekbones and give your skin the gleaming brilliance of someone who just went on a tropical vacation. Maybe a trip to Aruba isn't in your near future (we feel you) and because tanning and UV rays can cause skin damage and aging (not to mention skin cancer) , bronzer is a safer, and more cost-effective way to get that traveler's glow.


From powder to liquid, light to dark, we identified 10 bronzers to align with your specific preferences and needs, and that won't leave you looking like a Jersey Shore reject. Scroll down for best bronzers that will give you a robust boost of color year round that beats a holiday tan.</p>

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed

We've found the perfect threesome, and before you go getting the wrong idea we're still talking makeup here, ladies! Why buy a seperate bronzer, highlighter, and blush when you can get them all in one in this perfectly paired Urban Decay palette? This intensely pigmented trio can be used individually or together for a shimmering love fest! ($34; ulta.com)

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Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder

Avoid the feared over-bronzing and use a buildable pressed powder for seamless coverage. Milani's bronzing powder is formed with ultra-smooth powder that lightly blends and contours your facial high points. Spread that gentle glow across your collarbones when wearing an off-the-shoulder top to amplify the overall effect. ($17; target.com)

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Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Any beautician will tell you that to achieve a great makeup look, the key is an even greater skincare routine. Maybe a five-step routine filled with cleansers, oils, and creams isn't in your future, so combine your skin and makeup routine with this liquid bronzer by Perricone MD. It contains Vitamin C ester to brighten and smooth, along with Chinese ginger plant extract to naturally lumify and protect skin's appearance. Plus, it has built-in SPF to protect against harmful UV rays while still glowing. It's the glow you want with the skincare you need. ($35; sephora.com)

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Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

One of the biggest fears most of us have about bronzers is that our skin will end up looking less "kissed by the sun" and more "Cheetos dust orange." Bypass those fears by using a red and brown tone-based bronzer like Bobbi Brown's bronzing powder. These are color pigments that exist in true tans, and if you're not a fan of shimmer you'll appreciate the natural matte nature of this powder as well. ($44; nordstrom.com)

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

One foundation doesn't fit all and neither should your bronzer. Charlotte Tilbury's dual palette is a perfect pairing of bronze and glow for both dark (pictured here) and light skin tones. Each has a blend of pearlized pigments that contour your face and deliver a candlelit-from-within radiance. There's even a step-by-step video on her website on how to optimize application of this product to your face and body. ($68; charlottetilbury.com)

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W3LL People Bio Bronzer Stick

Maybe pressed powders aren't really your thing and you would rather work in your makeup with your hands. Use your fingers to tap and blend bronzing coverage as you please with this multi-use cream bronzing stick by W3LL People. This product also has a unique combination of organic green tea, olive, and aloe to hydrate, protect, and color correct your skin. ($24; target.com)

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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder

A cult favorite for a reason, almost 1,000 Ulta reviewers have exclaimed their love for this Benefit Cosmetics bronzer, and more than 2,000 have "loved" it on Sephora. It's available in four shades that cover a wide range of complections, and fans of this bronzer have been coming back to it again and again for years. This cute little compact also comes with a built-in mirror and brush for sunny touch-ups on the go! ($30; ulta.com)

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Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer

Breakouts and rashes don't make for a healthy looking glow, and sensitive skin ladies, we hear you! Clinique allergy tests its products and formulates them to be 100 percent fragrance-free to eliminate any chance of aggravation. Feel safe knowing when you swipe this bronzing powder across your cheeks, nose, and forehead that you won't be left with acne eruptions or redness irritation. ($29; nordstrom.com)

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Lilah B. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo

There's natural looking makeup, and then there's truly natural makeup. If you want to hop on the clean beauty movement that's sweeping the cosmetics nation, this Lilah B. bronzer is a step in the right direction. This bronzer is gluten-, paraben-, phylate-, cruelty-, and fragrance-free as well as vegan. It also contains key ingredients of coconut oil, aloe, and agar to moisturize and hydrate your skin's texture. ($42; sephora.com)

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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Sunkissed

The drugstore favorite we keep coming back to, Physicians Formula bronzer is the dupe that can beat out the high-end department store brands. Packed with ultra-refined pearls and soft focus pigments, this bronzer hits all the fine, indistinguishable shades that make up the ultimate natural Brazilian goddess glow. It's also infused with Murumuru butter which helps it melt and moisturize your skin. ($15; target.com)

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