The 9 Best Summer Bronzers for Any Skintone

Fake the glow with these best summer bronzers!Fake the glow with these best summer bronzers!I'm somewhat of a bronzer connoisseur, as I've been consistently wearing (and trying) different bronzers for as long as I've been wearing makeup. My skin has an olive-ish tone that simply looks better warmed up, no matter what season it is. But "warm" and "orange" aren't the same thing, which unfortunately is the case with too many bronzers.

If you're looking for a sun-kissed glow this summer (without the sun-bathing side effects), bronzer could be your answer. Even if you have fair skin, and even if you've had bad experiences with too-dark/too-orange/too-glittery bronzer in the past, don't give up just yet.

I rounded up my very favorite face and body bronzers for your complexion, budget, and bronzing preference:

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Best OverallBest OverallBest Overall: NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna
This is one of the most awarded bronzers for a reason: it gives skin a perfectly golden hue without any oompa-loompa orange. I'm obsessed.
Buy from Sephora, $34

Best BudgetBest BudgetBest Budget: Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls
Besides the fact that these little balls inevitably fall down the drain, get crushed under your feet, and stain your car's fabric, it still gives a beautiful non-orange glow for under $10.
Buy from Avon, $8.99

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Best NaturalBest NaturalBest Natural Bronzer: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
A much-loved matte bronzer that doesn't have the shimmery glitter. I especially love that it comes in three different shades for a skin-matching natural look.
Buy from Sephora, $35

Best ShimmeryBest ShimmeryBest Shimmery Bronzer: Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights
I typically prefer natural-looking matte makeup, but I just adore this bronzer. It has a gorgeous warm hue with a soft face-brightening shimmer.
Buy from Sephora, $30

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Best Bronzer for Lighter SkinBest Bronzer for Lighter SkinBest Bronzer for Lighter Skin: Benefit Hoola
My fair-skinned friend has difficulty finding a bronzer that isn't too dark, and this is her top pick. It gives her summertime warmth that still looks natural. (And I pretty much love everything that Benefit makes, so I can stand behind this pick.)
Buy from Sephora, $28

Best Tinted MoisturizerBest Tinted MoisturizerBest Tinted Moisturizer Bronzer: Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
If you're a summertime makeup minimalist, this one product will moisturize, bronze, and protect with sheer to medium coverage. It also infuses your face with antioxidant protectants: Vitamins A and E, soothing chamomile, and Ginseng and Gingko Biloba extracts. Now that's a multi-tasker.
Buy from Sephora, $32

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Best Body BronzerBest Body BronzerBest Body Bronzer: Lorac TANtalizer Deep Body Bronzing Luminizer
I've used a lot of body tanners - leaving me streaked, splotched, and orange - and this is my favorite for a quick bronzing boost. Lorac calls this "body makeup," and it's a practically foolproof formula that smooths evenly and dries quickly. (It comes in a lighter shade, too.)
Buy from Sephora, $32

Best Spray-on BronzerBest Spray-on BronzerBest Spray-On Bronzer: Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil
I used to have a spray-on bronzing oil similar to this one (I think it was from Stila?), and I just loved the quick bronze look it gave without the commitment. Heading out to a party? Spray some bronzing oil on your legs for a temporary glow, without worrying about streaks and splotches.
Buy from Sephora, $14

- By Michelle Horton
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