Nothing says summertime like sun-kissed golden skin. Namely, Blake Lively in Gossip Girls with that perpetual summertime look. But betcha anything she didn’t stay out long hours in the sun to achieve it.

Even though all love a summer glow, the sun is skin enemy number one. And not even a perfect skincare routine can fight against hours of tanning. So if we still want to appear our best summer selves, it’s time to dig into beauty products that will do the trick… It’s bronzing time!

Here are five bestselling bronzers that will give you what you need while allowing you to stay firmly away from the sun’s damaging rays. 

Hera Face Designing Bronzer.

This bronzer is a shading and bronzing compact that adds dimension and curves without being obvious. Hera is a Korean makeup brand famous for showing us what the “Seoulista” looks like: someone who represents the sophisticated beauty and charm of Korean girls. Hera uses a coccoid powder that prevents the bronzer from clumping up in wrinkles. A jelly-like binder in this formula keeps the powder from feeling heavy and instead lightly glides over skin. Perfect for all skin types.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Want a glow that seems to shine out from within? Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer promises and delivers. Murumuru butter from the Amazon is likely what gives this bronzer its creamy feel when applying, but it also moisturizes and conditions while providing a bronze finish. This one comes with an applicator explicitly designed for easy application. For those who have dry skin worries, this product can seal in moisture for long-lasting hydration. It is also dermatologist approved, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic.

Pucca Cheek & Shading

The purpose of bronzer is not only about summertime. It can also be used to give you a healthy finish to your face. It’s for when you need to convince your coworkers—yes, you do hit the gym—when secretly you spend your downtime with a coffee + chocolate + Netflix (not to mention, your gym membership expired years ago). Yes. Your face can tell all sorts of stories. Karadium’s Pucca Cheek & Shading can help you tell your story with finesse. It comes in several clean and bright colors to bring believability to any summertime story you want to spin. Yes, I went on a cruise. No, I don’t lounge about all day with the shades pulled. Sebum-control ingredients allow this product to stay put until you’re ready to take it off.

Hoola Matte Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics’ longtime bestseller is its award-winning Hoola Matte Bronzer. Dreamy summer skin? Check. Healthy apple cheeks? Check. The packaging is also a perfect balance of hip and cute that will make you want to pull it out of your makeup kit to stare at it or use it. Take your pick. Fortunately, a tiny bit goes a long way, so be ready to become fast friends with this one. Ideal for achieving a matte look and steering clear of shine on one’s face. It can be used for sculpting and contouring, as well. What’s not to love?

3-in-1 Bronzing Powder

Do you battle with finicky skin that’s hard to match bronzers? St. Tropez Tanning Essentials brings us 3-in-1 Bronzing Powder – suitable for all skin types. Whether your skin is oily, combination, dry, sensitive, or normal-but-changeable. With three colors to choose from, it can match with winter paleness or summer skin. But also can be individually selected for your different sculpting needs. Swirl the brush around, and you get a bit of each, which provides a warm glow. 


—Eun-Ha Park

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