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11 Bronzers Guaranteed to Leave You Glowy (Not Orange!)

Bronzer is one of the most transformative and versatile makeup products, that despite common belief, can be used to add an instant warmth and glow to any skin tone. A swipe of bronzer can give your face a quick faux "tan" (no matter what the time of year), sculpt your cheeks using contouring techniques, be layered under blush for more depth, and even be used as eyeshadow in a pinch.

But before you get glowing, it's key to find the best bronzer formula for your skin shade and needs. First, I.D. the right texture for your skin type.

  • For oily, acne-prone, combination, or normal skin, powders tend to be best as they keep any excess oil at bay.
  • For dry or mature skin, creams may be a better choice since their emollient texture won't emphasize parched patches or lines.

Then, make sure to choose a shade to match your skin tone to ensure the bronzer is visible without looking overly dark: pick a light tone for fair skin, medium for mid-toned skin, and deep for dark skin (and follow our pro bronzer application tips for best results.)

Below, Good Housekeeping beauty experts share the best bronzers you can buy, including bronzing powders and creams for every skin tone, including drugstore bargains for every type of skin: