A bronzer is for life, not just for summer. But in these rather dismal climes, a serious summer glow during the depths of winter is likely to raise eyebrows. A subtle dusting of a matte bronzer dusted over the temples and nose looks good in any season, but summer is truly the time to get the bronze ablazing. A warm-toned tinted body oil will moisturise legs and arms while adding a healthy glow, while a highlighting powder in a bronze shade adds shimmer to the high planes of the cheekbones while warming the complexion. Welcome to the bronze age.
Sensai Bronzing Gel, £30, Harrods
Available in three flattering shades, this quenching gel can be spread evenly over foundation on the cheekbones, top of nose and temples for a warm glow. Containing the miracle moisturising ingredient, hyaluronic acid, Sensai’s bronze offering is perfect for dehydrated summer skin.
YSL Sahariennes Bronzing Stones, £35, Harrods
We’re a sucker for a beautiful compact, and YSL’s summer offering is the most beautiful of them all. A creamy powder shaped into the sand dunes of the Sahara, this bronzer comes in three shades. Using a special micro-milling technology this bronzer is lightweight enough to be worn on the beach or at the office without preventing a heavy build-up.
Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer, £29, Harrods
For a supremely natural glow, we love the iconic Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer for its new, revamped formula that contains more vitamin E than ever. Each tiny micro bead inside the translucent gel is packed with glowing goodness that bursts on the skin and can be layered for even more bronze impact.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Illuminator, £29, Estée Lauder
For both the face and body, Estée Lauder has a created these beautiful illuminating bronzing drops that can be mixed with a day cream or body moisturiser to create a warm, iridescent tint. Worn alone, on the face or décolleté, this formula blends beautifully into the skin.
Tom Ford Radiant Moisture Soufflé, £75, Harrods
For fatigued and dry summer skin, this light moisturising soufflé is whipping up a summer storm. The perfect alternative to a tinted moisturiser and day cream, this soufflé plumps and hydrates the face while the tiny golden pearls add a hint of warm-toned glow to the skin without clogging or drying.
Glossier Haloscope in Topaz, $22, Glossier
There’s goodness inside that little “o”, for Glossier’s latest makeup launch, they’ve combined an outer “halo” of bronzing goodness with a solid core of vitamin-rich balm. Slicked onto the cheekbones and temples, the effects are dewy and sunkissed. Never glittery.
Rodial Skin Tint +SPF in Hamptons, £45, Rodial
For those who are a little bronze-shy, this beautiful lightweight skin tint by Rodial adds an even and matte tint of warmth to the skin while providing even and natural coverage and, of course, SPF. We especially love the names of each shade: Capri (light), Hamptons (light/medium), St Barts (medium), Rio (dark) and Miami (very dark).
Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow, £34, Bobbi Brown
It’s no secret that Bobbi Brown loves the beach, which is why her summer collections are always so covetable and wearable. This highlighting powder brings the strobing trend into the summer months with it’s deep-gold, rich pigment.
& Other Stories Samite Gold Shimmer Body Oil £17.50, & Other Stories
This beautiful, true-gold body oil adds a warm shimmer to the skin, perfect for taking sleeveless or backless summer dresses into the evening. Don’t be scared of the vibrancy of the color, the wild-fig infused macadamia oil smells delicious and leaves the skin with a dewy and flattering warmth.