5 Products for the Best Bronze Glow

Updated 05/15/19
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Creating the perfect bronze summer glow can be tricky at times when you aren't sure of where to begin. When it comes to bronzing, it's imperative to add warmth to the face and body that also casts a natural looking finish versus something much more noticeable. Keep reading my tips on everything you need to create the perfect faux glow and avoid those harmful UV rays!

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Giorgio Armani Liquid Summer Maestro Bronzer


This product is an amazing bronzer for the face and can be used a few different ways. Since it's extremely sheer in texture, you can build the color as you go without over-applying it. The first way to use it is as a sheer foundation all over the skin. This is ideal when your skin tone changes during warmer months and you want to even it out. Simply apply a few drops to your hand, rub your powder brush over it and apply in a sweeping motion all over the face to create a light tint effect.

The second way to use this bronzer is as a contour for the face. You can use the same technique applying it with a blush or powder brush, just on the forehead, cheek, and jawline to naturally contour. Finish with your favorite cream blush or highlighter on top.

Lastly, if you have a foundation that you love and wear all year round but your skin is a bit darker in the summer, mix a drop of the bronzer in with your regular foundation and blend all over the face until skin tone is even.

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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez

This self-tanning mousse is the perfect product to tan the body with, and doesn't smell bad or leave the skin looking orange. Perfect for fair to dark skin tones, it comes in two shades depending on how dark you want to go. The best way to self tan at home isn't as hard as you think! Exfoliate and shave in the shower, apply a light body oil afterwards and apply the mousse in long strokes with the application mitt until you feel you get an even application. Let it dry for 6-8 hours and then rinse it off in the shower.

Chasidy McDowell, tanning expert to the stars recommends to moisturize every day after you've applied your bronzing mousse and after it's been 3 days, use a gradual tanner to give your glow longevity and recommends using this product here in between applications.

Need a great in shower exfoliator and body oil? Try this with Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish

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BY TERRY Glow Expert Duo Stick

By Terry

This beautiful cream blush and highlighter duo is perfect to use on the cheeks for a bronzed makeup look and also to give a fresh pop of color without being too strong. When you use cream products you can blend them on the skin until you get the pigment you want, making the blush and highlighting process much easier. Massage a dime sized amount of this Baume de Rose Face Cream generously into the skin to stimulate circulation and hydrate. Follow up with your foundation, and then you can use the cream blush side alone on the apples of the cheeks and then apply the highlight on top, or mix both together and apply all at once. 

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Benefit Cosmetics Sun Beam Golden Bronze Liquid Highlighter

Benefit Cosmetics

This bronze liquid highlighter is perfect for adding a glow to the skin in very specific areas. For instance, if you want to add a subtle highlight to the cheekbones, under the brow, or even on the lips you can do so by lightly applying the brush to the area you want and blending it out with a Beauty Blender Sponge. Tap the sponge on the area of the face until everything looks seamless and there's no lines or streaks.

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Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow


This long lasting creme eyeshadow is perfect for creating bronze and glowing eyeshadow looks. You can apply it alone to the lid for a sheer wash of color or blend it on top of a bronze eyeliner to create more of a sultry smoky look. Apply eyeliner on the inside of the eye and around the outer rim and smudge it with your finger, then pop the cream shadow right on top to bring the look together. Finish with two coats of a volumizing mascara.

5 Cream Products for a Gorgeous Complexion

When it comes to your complexion, cream highlighters, bronzers, and foundations are the perfect products to use when wanting to create a long lasting glow. No matter your skin type, there's something out there for everyone that will help promote flawless skin. Keep reading for my top product picks in the best cream formulas and try them out for yourself!

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