Contouring is finally (almost/kinda) dead; at least for summer anyway. Free you skin from the constraints of drawn-on squiggles this summer, with a dusting of bronzer.
We love this seasonal essential, for warming up our complexions and adding a hint of definition in all the right places.
These days there’s much more choice than Rimmel’s OG classic Sun Bronzer; with an array of high-tech formulas and travel-friendly options available. Here are five of our faves.
Although this only comes in two shades, the formula is cleverly designed to suit all skin tones. It’s a creamy formula in a fat tube, which can be built up for a more intense pigment, or sheered out for a barely-there effect. It falls mid-range on the price spectrum but, the cost-per use makes this product a great deal; and is perfect for a no-makeup makeup vibe.
These easy-to-blend, long-lasting sticks tend to err more on the side of a cool tone. This makes them ideal for creating shadow in the contours of your face, for a more defined finish. The stick packaging also makes targeted application a total dream.
If you want a classic, workhorse, no frills bronzer, you can count on Bobbi. These are matte, but not flat, and offer a middle of the road option between intense contouring and achieving a sunkissed glow. Best of all, there are eight shades to choose from, meaning you’re guaranteed to find a match.
If you don’t use bronzer to sculpt or define, and prefer using it to add a hint of colour, or sun-kissed glow, look no further than Hourglass. These bronzers are swirled with their cult-classic Ambient Lighting Powders, giving skin a lit-from-within glow with a wash of pigment. There are four to choose from, and you can deepen or lighten up your application simply by targeting your brush in the pan.
Don’t let the name fool you – this is very much a bronzing palette. And it has shades to fit every skin tone, including two with added shimmer for a glowier vibe. For the price, you really can’t go wrong, even if you only use a couple of the shades. It’s a great travel option and can also be used on the eyes for a more natural look.