Makeup bronzer is used to provide warmth and dimensions to the face, by making the skin look flushed and contoured. It is applied after makeup and ahead of the blush to enhance the warmth and radiant look of the skin. Furthermore, bronzer can be used as a contour, however, proper blending and technique matters when considering bronzer as a contour, though it would not achieve the same natural look as the contour shade. Bronzer can be also used as foundation, but consider adding a little colour to achieve a more uniform look. 

Bronzer is a classic beauty essential and one of the primary makeup on shelves and in the bag all year when the weather gets warmer and days get longer. It is a hero makeup for summer beauty as it can warm up the skin, add colour, deepness, and dimension. It also provides light coverage for when trying to be minimal on makeup. Some factors to consider when choosing the right bronzer is to get familiar with the general rule of thumb. It is important to include in consideration the skin type, skin conditions, and skin tone. Furthermore, the best bronzer for every skin depends on the quality of the product and character of the skin, some skin may be oil, some may be dry, reviews and recommendations of every individual matters when picking the right one. 

1. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is a special, lightweight cream-gel bronzer for face application that projects a velvet-matte finish that gives the face a sun-kissed glow. The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel has mineral waxes and powders that guarantee easy application, including silica and soft powders for quick smoothing effect. Apply gently in the face using a brush where the sun would naturally hit the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. The radiance from Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel’s light reflecting pigments creates a natural look. The advantages of using Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is it helps avoid clogging of pores and breakouts known as non-comedogenic formula. The disadvantage however of Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is the single shade available, some users find it not suitable for their skin. The price of Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is around £40.51 GBP, reviewed by customers with 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

2. Maybelline City Bronzer

The Maybelline City Bronzer makeup delivers a sun-kissed and sculpted makeup look, it is the primary bronzing and contouring powder of Maybelline. Maybelline City Bronzer can provide that soft contour and bronze look that brings the heat, it accentuates the skin’s natural glow and contours the face’s features. The Maybelline City Bronzer powder contains whipped cocoa butter that gives it a velvety matte finish. Applying the Maybelline City Bronzer in the face using brush by applying it all over the face, sweep under the cheek bones to make a contour the blend for a natural sun-kissed look. The advantage of Maybelline City Bronzer is that is has 3 shades available for most skin tones. The disadvantage on the other hand was the shades have yellow undertone that look good for pale skinned but not for others. The Maybelline City Bronzer has 3 shades, “Deep Cool”, “Medium Cool”, and “Medium Warm” with price around £7.99 GBP, reviews show that 4.5 out of 5 rated this bronzer especially with is 3 best shades.

Maybelline City Bronzer

3. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer 

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is a bronzer filter for face and body, it is infused with hyaluronic acid for perfect skin. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is the number 2 luxury powder bronzer in the UK, that is suited for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types, secret to a precise contour over-all soft, sun-kissed finish. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer formula, with airbrush technology, has fine airbrushed finish powder that blurs the appearance of pores and smoothens the skin to make the most beautiful versions of the face. Applying is simple and easy, apply Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer using the fine airbrush in face and body, use skin enhancing shade to add warmth in the face, neck, tops of the shoulders and centre of the arms and legs. Use a deeper skin sculpting shade to contour the above and below the neckline then finish it with buffing the skin and blend with the airbrush for a natural looking, sun kissed finish. The advantage of using the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is the airbrush effect due to its micro-fine powder together with a specialised brush it defines the face and brings out the true beauty. The reviews of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer have positive feedback, there are no negative or disadvantages other than the size of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer, may be too big for a small purse.  The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer has 4 available shades, “fair”, “medium”, “tan”, and “deep”, the price is around £42 GBP with a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

4. Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer

The Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer is a type of stick bronzer that has a matte finish and has that instant glow natural-looking sun kissed look. The Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer product is approved for Vegans and certified cruelty-free without harmful ingredients like paraben, and it is gluten-free. To apply the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, just swipe the cheekbones, forehead, and chin, it can be blended using brush, sponge, and even the fingertips. To contour, swiping along the nose, hollows of cheeks, and hairline to create a sun-kissed look, it can also be applied on the collarbone, arms, and legs to achieve an all-over bronze look. The feedback for The Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer has positive and slight negative stories behind it, one of the advantages is that it is handy and versatile. The minor disadvantage however is that it only had 2 shades, “deep bronze”, and “bronze”. The price however ranges around £21 GBP, rated 4.5 out of 5 as per customer's review.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Approved for Vegans

Only has 2 shades

All-over application

Suited for sensitive skin

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer

5. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer

The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer is a type of creamy ultra-luxurious bronzer and has a soft texture creamy powder feature that delivers a radiant Brazilian goddess look. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer it has essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, moisturise and condition the skin, making it smooth. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer ultrarich formula immediately melts down into skin, sealing-in moisture to deliver instant and long-lasting hydration. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer has ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smoothen skin texture, brightens the skin and projects a beautiful bronze finish. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer contains no paraben that is harmful to the skin, it is Dermatologically tested, certified cruelty-free , and it is approved for Vegan. The application is easy, apply all over the face using a fluffy brush. It has 4 shades “light bronzer”, “Bronzer”, “Sunkissed Bronzer”, and “Deep bronzer” for darker skin tones, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer is priced around £14.29 GBP with a rating of 4.5 out of 5. 

Advantage

Disadvantage

Inexpensive

Not for sensitive to strong scent

Have 4 colour shades

Dark shade is not dark enough for darker skin

Natural look shade

Not good for contour

The shade is buildable

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer

6. Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer 

The Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer is a bronzer cream that is blendable, buildable, and long wearing matte finish, as a replacement for natural bronzing powder. The Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer sculpts, shapes, and defines the contours of the face, it melts into the skin as a powder that brings a natural warmth look. The Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer can be applied easily with brush, sponge, or even fingertips, it can be worn over or under the makeup foundations for providing subtle or stronger sculpt and warmth look. The Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer can also be used alone on bare skin, known for its versatility, it has 3 shades such as, “light bronze”, “medium bronze”, and “deep bronze”. The Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer is priced at around £26 GBP and rated with 4 out of 5.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Can be used alone on bare skin

Few matching to skin tone

Versatile

Best dark bronzer shade

Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer

7. Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

The Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer has a velvety finish that allows seamless, buildable, and blendable contour packed with skin loving ingredient solutions that are organic like, grapeseed oil, oatmeal, and elderberry extract for healthy moisturise and balanced skin. The Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer is known to be best for all skin types, it is known for being an effective and stylish product that contains no harmful and animal ingredients. The added natural ingredient of Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer maintains the skin's natural ability to self protect and enhance the moisture of the skin. The Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer can be applied directly in the face in circular motion in order to provide the complexion of a natural tanned look. The Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer has 3 shades, “light”, “medium”, and “deep” and it is priced around £24.30 GBP with a rating of  4 out of 5 by customer.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Natural ingredients

Strong fragrant scent

Suitable for sensitive skin

Only has 3 shades

Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

8. Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer 

The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer creates a post-vacation bronze look all year round, it works for everyone to look tan and stylish with the bronze finish. The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer is smooth, creamy, and easy to blend that is difficult to over do with instant sun-soaked glow that lasts all day without transferring. The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer mimics natural skin look whether if it is a warmth look or ultimate contour; the matte finish is perfectly soft. It is backed by natural ingredients such as papaya and mango extract that gives skins a natural and healthy glow. The papaya and mango extract provides vitamins that are essential for the skin, The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer’s natural added ingredients benefit the skin and its ability to provide moisture to preserve the skin. The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer has 8 awesome shades such as, “india sun”, “island thing”, “thick mint”, etc, it has a price of around £‌27 GBP that is rated as 4.5 out of 5.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Available in 8 different shades

Slightly expensive

Suitable for all skin tones

Cream bronzer is harder to apply than powder

Has added natural ingredients

Cream expires faster than powder

Can be used alone to bare skin

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer

9. Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick

The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick has two soft specialised matte tones that can easily be blended and worn on a sun-kissed skin look. The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick makeup product is safe for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and for Vegan. This product has extremely fine milled powder that is effective even on a single stroke of the brush. The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick fine powder substance gets creamy when applied on the surface of the face, it blends perfectly with the freshly applied foundation. Using the right brush gives the Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick formula a natural tan, however choosing the right powder brush while giving that more sculpted look. The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick contains natural ingredients such as moringa oil and cocoa butter that helps moisturise the skin. Popular shades from Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick shade is the shade 02 it has two-tone, “02 Soleil” and “02 Honey”.The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick price is around £52 GBP, rated as 4.5 out of 5 by patrons and reviewers.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Easy to blend

Slightly expensive

Refillable

Need touch up

Have 5 two-tone shades

Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick

10. Mented Cosmetics Bronzer

The ​​Mented Cosmetics Bronzer provides a highly pigmented bronzer to all skin tones from fair to rich, it gives a beach vacation skin glow all year long as it is effortlessly blendable. The Mented Cosmetics Bronzer has 4 gorgeous shades, “Beach bum”, “Yacht life”, “Vacay”, and “Out of office”, the goal is to provide a beach holiday vibe. The Mented Cosmetics Bronzer has vitamin A and E, contains harmful contents like parabens and other animal by-products. Applying the Mented Cosmetics Bronzer is easy, directly applied to cheekbones, to the tops of the forehead, anywhere else to enhance natural warmth, blend seamlessly to avoid harsh lines. The Mented Cosmetics Bronzer can be used with the Mented Cosmetics loose setting powder and Mented Cosmetics blush. The Mented Cosmetics Bronzer is priced around £18 and rated 3.5 out of 5.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Highly pigmented

Drying of skin

Inexpensive

Available in 4 shades

Mented Cosmetics Bronzer

11. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola

The Benefit Cosmetics Hoola is a bronzer that is beneficial for pale skin complexions and makes the face warm and tan island look. The Benefit Cosmetics Hoola has 4 shades, award-winning bronzer blendable formula and matte finish that made it popular and number 1 in the UK, it comes with a built-in mirror and powder brush for ease and convenience. The whole Hoola bronzer line up ranges from light to deep, to get the natural-looking bronze. The matte bronzing powder, Benefit Cosmetics Hoola lightens up even the lighter complexions which other makeup users were searching for. The ​​Benefit Cosmetics Hoola bronzer shades are, “Original”, “Lite”, “Toasted”, and “Caramel”, it is priced at around £28.50 and rated 5 out of 5 stars by consumers.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Have lighter shade for pale complexion

Slightly expensive for the size

Available in 4 shades

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola

12. Jouer Sunswept Bronzer

The Jouer Sunswept Bronzer provides a seamless sun-kissed complexion, a delicate matte-finish bronzer is available in three shade options to match and flatter the natural skin tone, suitable for all skin types. Perfect to use alone in bare skin or together, it can easily blend and apply to create a customisable colour. The light-to-medium options of the Jouer Sunswept Bronzer contains soft tan Sunlight and neutral Sun tan, while the medium-to-deep version joins golden honey Sun-kissed and rich terracotta Sun set shade, and the deep-to-dark option holds rich cocoa and warm glow. The Jouer Sunswept Bronzer is easy to use, the matte powder contains glimmer, allowing to achieve a sumptuous matte finish every time. To apply, just sweep the bronzer across cheeks, forehead and all over the face for a healthy, radiant sun-kissed look, or apply it in hollows of cheeks and temples to emphasise the sculpted look. The price of Jouer Sunswept Bronzer is around £22.40 to £28.00 GBP and is rated 4 out of 5.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Large pan container

Not for contour, especially for brown skin tone

Rubberized matte lid easy to open

Only has 3 shades

Jouer Sunswept Bronzer

13. Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer 

The Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer is a product from Revolution specialises in perfect matte bronzer, it has a large size that would last for a long time. The high-colour pays-off and matte finish is ideal for face and body, it has a summer vibe fragrance thanks to the coconut and pineapple scent. Forge the glow with 8 shades of Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer and turn up the heat with the summer-like sun-kissed glow. Applying the Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer using a fluffy bronzer brush, buff the bronzer into the face and body. The Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer has 8 shades such as, “fair”, “light”, “dark”, and “deep dark”. The Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer is a makeup essential for a year round tan for face and body bronzing, it is priced around £8.00 and rated 4 out of 5. The Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer is approved for vegan and certified cruelty-free products.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Available in 8 shades

Flimsy case

Inexpensive

Summer feel fragrance

Makeup Revolution Splendor Matte Bronzer

14. Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer 

The Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer pigments add depth and dimension for a natural, sun-kissed glow look, the formula makes the skin soft and healthy-looking, radiant finish. The fine powder of the Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzers fuse the lighting effects and projects the radiant matte finish. The fine powders are formulated using an advanced technique, it is combined with Italian technology to perfectly balance the pigment and powder. The Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer has 4 shades, such as, “light”, “fair”, “medium”, and “deep”. Application of the bronzer is easy, swirl the brush gently the entire powder compact Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer to absorb the perfect balance of fine pigment and powder, lightly apply all over the face to achieve a sun-kissed look. The Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer is priced around £50.00 GBP and rated as 4.5 out of 5 by consumers.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Brightening

Skin dullness

All skin types

Can be used alone to bare skin

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer

15. Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer 

The Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer makeup made for all skin types, it is suited among sensitive skin types. The Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer hydrates the skin with mango butter and green tea extract, simultaneously skin conditions as it casts an effortlessly bronzed glow. It is blendable, buildable the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer accomplishes an effortless, summer glow with a dimensional radiance. Simply choose between the 5 different shades of Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer such as; “Sun Coast as Light Bronze”, “Gold Coast as medium neutral bronze”,“West Coast as medium bronze with neutral undertones'', “Best Coast as deep bronze with red undertones'', and “Pacific Coast as deep bronze”. The Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer can be applied along temples and under the cheekbones to add warmth and dimension, it is priced around £18 and rated as 4 out of 5 by consumers.

Advantage

Disadvantage

Perfect for dry skin

Not for oily skin

Dewy look

Blend to skin easily

Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer

What are the Features of bronzer to Look for?

The bronzer look provides a summer kind of vibe, it gives every makeup user a confidence to reflect a post beach holiday look. The features of a bronzer were to provide an instant summer look, a sun-kissed look, and a radiant look all year round without taking that time to sunbathe. Bronzer is an ideal alternative for having that sun-kissed look without going under the heat of the sun. Apart from providing a sexy golden brown look, bronzing conceals blemishes, unequal skin pigmentation, visible veins, and makes an illusion of reduced cellulite resulting in a more toned look. Ageing skin loses the glow, by using cream bronzers can cover exaggerating wrinkles on the cheekbones for a more youthful look. The key characteristics of a bronzer is that it is great for making a sun-kissed glow look, it is applied in cheeks, eyebrows, jawlines and other contours of the face, and it is the right choice for contouring.

What are the Benefits of Using bronzers?

There are many benefits of using bronzers, one of which is giving a summer look without going under the sun. The natural summer look is sometimes not achievable when factors of over bating and sunburn ruin the tan look and may cause uneven skin tone. The bronzer is the answer to achieve the sun-kissed look with the radiant glow that provides contour and shape of the face.

Below are the benefits of using bronzers.

  • Achieving that summer look without bathing under the sun.
  • Beach holiday looks all year round.
  • Hide blemishes and uneven skin tone.
  • Minimise the wrinkles and look younger.
  • Defines the contours of the face.
  • It looks natural and healthy.

Is it easy to apply bronzers?

Yes, bronzers are easy to apply, it can be used with brushes, sponge, or even fingertips. Applying is fast and easy and looks very natural when it is done perfectly. Bronzer is applied after the makeup foundation, concealer, and powder with any preferred powder brush. Swirl the powder brush into the bronzing powder and sweep it across the brow, nose bridge, and the apples of the cheeks. There are brands that are versatile in application procedure like the Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer, it can be applied over or under the makeup which is great for beginners and for individuals who are looking for versatile bronzer.