The best bronzer powders

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With the sunny weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get a head start on our summer glow.

For an enhanced tan or immediate colour boost, a bronzing powder is unbeatable. Simple to use and conveniently portable, the pigmented product will take your complexion from dull to dreamy in just a few sweeps.

Whether you need something for subtle contouring or deep warmth, we’ve selected some of the best bronzers for a faux glow all year round.

1. Tom Ford Small Bronzing Powder

If you haven’t already heard, Tom Ford’s stunning beauty collection is one of the most luxurious in the market. The ultimate pick-me-up for your skin, this silky bronzer is a thing of beauty, with incredible pigment and serious staying power to boot. As you would expect from the award-winning designer, its presentation is second to none – who wouldn’t love pulling out a compact as chic as this one? It’s our top pick for enhancing natural radiance and applies seamlessly for a photo-ready finish.

£52, John Lewis, Buy it now

2. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

With a sweet chocolate scent, this indulgent matte powder is a simple way to achieve all-over colour in next to no time. Not only is it rich in antioxidants and suitable for a variety of fair, medium and deep skin tones, but it also reduces the appearance of red and dry patches. Use it to contour or sweep all over face for a back-from-Hawaii bronze.

£25, Too Faced, Buy it now

3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Fair/Medium​

This two-in-one product from the sought after makeup artist ensures a perfect finish for every important occasion. Designed for fair skin, it offers a light bronzer and champagne highlighter for a subtle yet noticeable glow. It has great staying power and is a safe choice for when you need to look picture perfect. Also available in a medium and dark duo for deep skin tones.

£49, John Lewis, Buy it now

4. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-kissed

If you’re the girl who usually shies away from bronzers, then Urban Decay’s richly pigmented bronzer is just right for you. Presented in a charming beach-themed compact, the velvety product provides a rich pop of colour that will suit pale complexions beautifully. It can also be applied wet for longer wear.

£22, Urban Decay, Buy it now

5. Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

One of the most popular bronzers on the market, Benefit’s award-winning Hoola will take your tan to new heights in just a few steps. Its warm shade is perfect for contouring on pale or medium skin tones and it comes complete with a fluffy cheek brush. Dust across the cheeks, forehead and chin.

£24.50, Benefit Cosmetics, Buy it now

6. Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Nudes

If you have fair skin, there this 3-step hero from Clinique should do the trick. Featuring a trio of nude tones for highlighting and sculpting, the oil-free formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types, while its clever design makes contouring simple for both newbies and pros.

£25.20, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

7. Kiko Design Flower Enriched Bronzer in Couture Sienna

Sleek and fabulous, this Enriched Bronzer from Kiko is as creamy as it looks in the pan and is perfect for everyday wear. It's a safe bet for fair skin, with a super-lightweight, blendable texture. The compact features a darker section for defining cheeks and a pink area for creating a soft, radiant glow.

£16.90, Kiko Cosmetics, Buy it now


8. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer

As the name suggests, this gorgeous powder will have you looking like a golden goddess all year round. The silky formula has an oil-control complex that keeps skin shine-free and comes in four shades for most skin tones. It can also be used to add radiance to your shoulders and décolletage.

£33, Debenhams, Buy it now

9. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

With eight different shades to choose from, it’s no wonder Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder is a popular choice among makeup artists. With a slight shine, it’s ideal for those who aren’t keen on orangey or shimmery bronzers and has a lightweight feel.

£30, Debenhams, Buy it now

10. NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan

Struggling to find an ultra-deep shade? In a range of russet colours, this affordable option from NYX is richly pigmented and easy to blend for a natural contoured look. Start with light sweeps and build if necessary.

£8, Feel Unique, Buy it now

11. Rimmel Natural Bronzer

For instant warmth on dull skin-days, turn to Rimmel’s high-performance bronzing powder. With SPF8 protection, the product has velvety soft texture for an even-looking finish. It's comfortable enough for daily wear and best suited to light skin tones.

£5.99, Boots, Buy it now

12. Nars Laguna Bronzer

This beauty classic is a warm brown shade with a pearl finish that leaves a subtle, healthy glow on the skin. Light and subtle, it’s diffused powders with golden shimmer can warm up pale beauties or enhance the look of tanned skin. As well being great for an all-over bronze, this is a great multi-purpose product to contour with.

£30, Nars Cosmetics, Buy it now

VERDICT: Your choice of bronzer depends on your skin tone. Bobbi Brown's Bronzing Powder comes in 8 shades for all and has a matte finish that appears more natural for everyday wear, while the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Fair/Medium is just the ticket for contouring and highlighting pale skin on special occassions. NYX’s Matte Bronzer comes in an array of deep russet shades that will look beautiful on dark skin.

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