This Is the Most Real-Looking Bronzer You'll Ever Use

Updated 04/24/19

Now that the sun has finally got its heat on (well, kind of), we can officially dig out our summer makeup: bronzer, BB creams, and bright lipsticks. But something you may not have stashed away last year is a liquid bronzer, because, let’s face it, you can’t beat a sun-kissed bronzing powder. Until now that is. Ladies (and gentlemen), liquid bronzers are having a moment. This year’s summer beauty launches have “liquid bronzer” written all over them, and it’s got everyone excited, including the pros.

“I’ve always been an advocate of liquid formulas, so it’s great to see that the industry is now embracing it, too,” Makeup Artist Daniel Sandler says.

Keep scrolling to discover the best new liquid bronzers and how to nail that sheer, sun-kissed look.

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Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint $40
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Use this on its own to give an all-over tan, or buff it on over your foundation onto areas that naturally catch the sun.

Benefit Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer $28
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A Byrdie HQ favorite, this liquid bronzer blends into skin with ease.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer $40
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Shot through with flattering shimmer, this fakes a seriously glowing complexion. Wear alone or mix with foundation.

Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee $29
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Great for all skin types and tones, this will add a hint of sun-kissed color or even out darker skin tones for a seriously flattering look.

Lancome Self Tan Flash Bronzer
Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Face Gel $42
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A clever combination of toner, moisturizer, and bronzer, this hydrates the skin, leaving a subtle glow.

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow $116 $93
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Pricey, yes, but it’s one of the best liquid bronzers out there. It blurs imperfections, adds a hint of flattering color, and comes in three shades so you can fake that holiday glow, whatever your skin tone.

Bare Minerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer $19
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With a serum-like texture, this bronzer adds a sheer wash of color. With antioxidant lilac plant stem cells, this protects your complexion from the environment, too.

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