20 Bronzers to Get Sun-Kissed Skin Year-Round
Getting bronzed, sun-kissed skin doesn't have to wait for the summer — nor does it require you to expose yourself to harmful UV rays. To warm up your complexion, all you need is a good bronzer. Like a good mascara or reliable concealer, a bronzer is a makeup-routine staple. It can help you sculpt, define, add color, and illuminate your complexion, depending on the product you get.
The market is filled to the brim with bronzers of all varieties. Popular finishes range from matte, which can look super natural, to satin and shimmer for that lit-from-within glow. They also come in cream, powder, and even gel textures, so you're sure to find the perfect match for your makeup style. If you're someone who prefers to apply products with your fingers, a cream product may be best for you; if you have oily skin, a powder bronzer is ideal for curbing shine.
You don't have to spend a ton of money to score a new bronzer. There are plenty of great drugstore options from brands like L'Oréal, Physicians Formula, and E.l.f. Cosmetics that cost less than $15. However, if you are in the mood to splurge on something — perhaps to display on your vanity or gift to a fellow makeup-lover for a birthday — we also rounded up some editor favorites from Chanel, Nars, and Charlotte Tilbury.
To shop for the best bronzers on the market, keep scrolling.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Siegel
Best Bronzer From a Celebrity Beauty Brand
Haus Labs has continued to shake up the beauty industry since its launch in 2019. This powder bronzer formula has quickly become a favorite of our editors. This bronzer, in particular, is pigmented but still natural-looking. It has undertones for everyone, whether you want to look super warm and sun-kissed or achieve a subtle contoured finish.
Best Bronzer For Dark Skin
The Skin Fetish: Divine Bronzer is Pat McGrath Labs's first-ever bronzer. The formula is a velvety powder that blends smoothly into skin, with or without foundation under it. The coverage is buildable and gives your complexion a subtle blurring effect. It's available in eight shades.
Best Contour-and-Bronzer Duo
Sculpt and contour with the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Crème Contour & Powder Bronzer Duo. Inside the sleek compact is a cream bronzer to define your face and a powder bronzer to warm it up. The finish is natural, making it great for anyone who doesn't want something matte but also doesn't want to shimmer. It comes in five combos.
Best Sculpting Bronzer
The Makeup by Mario SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer is a magical product. It's a hybrid skin tint, cream bronzer, and face balm that can be used all over the face or just on the cheeks — it's up to you. It's a silky cream with light coverage and a radiant finish. It comes in six shades and is a 2023 POPSUGAR Beauty Award winner.
Best Waterproof Bronzer
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Longwear Bronzer ($12, originally $16)
We don't know if you'll want to go swimming in the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Longwear Bronzer, but you totally could, which is pretty awesome. The soft matte powder offers waterproof, transferproof, and sweat-resistant coverage. It comes in eight shades.
Best Illuminating Cream Bronzer
Give your skin an all-over glow reminiscent of peak summertime with the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer. The dewy bronzing balm melts into skin, leaving behind zero harsh lines. It comes in five shades.
Best Bronzer Stick
This bronzer from Selena Gomez's brand Rare Beauty is a makeup-bag must have. The creamy stick has a twist-up applicator, which makes applying on the go a breeze. The finish is not too matte but not too radiant, making it look like skin. It comes in eight shades. Read our full Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks review.
Best Putty Bronzer
This E.l.f. Cosmetics product is no ordinary bronzer — it's a TikTok star, having gone viral on the platform. The putty-to-powder formula blends easily and is super buildable. Wear it alone for a natural look or on top of foundation for a more impactful glam. It comes in seven shades. Read our full E.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Bronzer review.
Best Skin-Care-Infused Bronzer
This is a silky powder that comes in five shades. It has a matte finish that gives your face a natural-looking glow and melts into skin. The formula also boasts the popular skin-care ingredient niacinamide, improving your skin while you wear it. It comes in five shades.
Best Highlighter-and-Bronzer Duo
Grab this compact from PYT Beauty the next time you're at Target. The two-in-one product contains a matte bronzer on one side and a shimmery highlighter on the other. This allows you to customize your finish depending on your mood.
Best Blurring Bronzer
Don't let the price of this Charlotte Tilbury bronzer turn you off. The pressed powder is so large, it will last you months. And when you finally do run out, you can purchase a refill. It comes in four shades. The formula is vegan and packed with hyaluronic acid.
Best Powder Bronzer
Nars Bronzing Powder ($40)
The Nars Bronzing Powder contains just a hint of shimmer to give your skin a nice glow without making you look like a disco ball. If you become just as obsessed with it as we are, there's a jumbo size that you can purchase. It comes in nine shades.
Best Gel-Cream Bronzer
The Chanel Bronzing Cream is a favorite among the beauty YouTube community. It's a cream-to-gel formula that glides on easily, and a little goes a long way. It comes in three shades.
Best Shade Range in a Bronzer
The Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer has an impressive shade range that fits a large variety of skin tones. It comes in nine matte colors, with the deepest called Thick Mint. It's long wearing and transfer resistant.
Best Cult-Favorite Bronzer
One of the most popular cult-favorite bronzers is the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder. It instantly warms up your face with its silky powder formula. Four shades are currently available.
Best Drugstore Bronzer
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($13, originally $16)
You'll love the soft, creamy texture of the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer just as much as you'll love the natural-looking, soft finish. It's a super-popular drugstore option that stacks up nicely against products twice the price. It comes in six shades.
Best Dual-Ended Bronzer and Brush
When you want a quick and natural makeup look, use the Nudestix Nudies Matte Cream Bronzer. The dual-ended stick has cream bronzer on one end and a brush on the other, making contouring your face super easy. It blends quickly and adds a little extra oomph to an otherwise no-makeup makeup look. It comes in eight shades.
Best Matte Bronzer
Beauty-lovers can't get enough of the MAC Skinfinish Sunstruck Matte Bronzer. The soft, creamy powder warms up your skin with one swipe. The formula is waterproof, as well as sweat- and humidity-resistant. It comes in 10 shades.
Best Sun-Kissed Bronzer
No time (or money) to travel to the Amalfi Coast? No problem. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer gives you an instant sun-kissed glow. The marble powder features both bronzer and illuminating pigments to simultaneously warm up your complexion and boost radiance. It comes in four shades.