When summer rolls around, I always feel a bit like Venus in her shell—emphasis on the pale and pasty skin. 80-something degree weather, longer days, and shorter nights means spending ample time in the sun—but on the flip side, baking my skin is not exactly high on my priority list. It's the classic summertime Catch 22: How do I look like the part of a bronzed goddess (sorry, Venus) while staying protected?
Self-tanning is always a win, but for a quick glow en route to a night out, bronzer is the MVP. The trick is finding a formula that imparts ultra-flattering, believable color—and with those criteria in mind, we tracked down some of the best bronzing products on Amazon. Bonus: They're all available through Prime, which means that if you order them now, you can still get glowing before the weekend ends.
Shop our favorite bronzers below.
This matte bronzer is perfect for that fresh-off-the-beach glow. Pro tip: It works as eye shadow and as a contouring powder to boot.
Infused with Murumuru butter, this bronzer promises a radiant glow while moisturizing, smoothing, and conditioning your skin. The best part: It smells absolutely delicious, so you always feel like you're on a tropical getaway—even when your current view is actually the office break room.
Orange may be the new black, but as a skin tone, it screams "fake." This bronzer reads more subtle—and it's great for sculpting out your cheekbones.
Made from 100% natural ingredients such as organic aloe, chamomile, and green tea, this user-friendly stick formula will soothe and protect your skin. Swipe it on, and blend it in with your fingers for the most natural, ultra-flattering effect.
This warm golden brown bronzer gives a healthy luminous glow with a subtle shimmer. People will be begging to know what beach you just jetted off to.