The 9 Best Face Bronzers to Fake an Insanely Pretty Tan

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The 9 Best Face Bronzers to Fake an Insanely Pretty Tan
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Unless you live in a year-round tropical paradise (what up, my Hawaiian friends), you’re probably more than a little excited to officially retire your parka to the back of your closet and show your limbs off to the world. And now that the temps are rising, so is the country’s sudden, widespread desire to look tan a.s.a.p., which majorly sucks, considering the fact one person dies every 54 minutes from skin cancer, and pretty much every second you’re in the sun without full-spectrum sunscreen increases your risk of developing dark marks, wrinkles, and age spots. Fun, right?! But you already knew that. What you probably didn’t know, though, is that there are now dozens of new cream, gel, and powder bronzers on the market that can give you a surprisingly realistic glow, without any of the health risks.

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Before you start envisioning the Cheetos-orange streaks of a bronzer fail, though, let us assure you that the formulas of today are less Christina-Aguilera-circa “Dirrty,” and more just-napped-on-the-beaches-of-Ibiza. But if you’re still worried, just make sure to choose a tint that’s no more than two shades darker than your skin tone, and then only blend the bronzer over the areas where the sun would naturally hit your skin (i.e. across the forehead, over your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and over your shoulders and clavicles). And hey, if you don’t like the look, you can buff it away or wash it off, because all nine of these incredibly excellent bronzers are completely and totally temporary and easy to use. With so many options to help you fake a realistic tan, there’s absolutely no excuse for you to get an un-safe tan ever again.

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Subtly Iridescent Powder
Subtly Iridescent Powder

Becca Sunlit Bronzer, $38; at Becca

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Sheer, Hydrating Gel
Sheer, Hydrating Gel

Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker, $26.50; at Clinique

Photo: Clinique
Matte and Iridescent Powders
Matte and Iridescent Powders

E.l.f. Bronzer Palette, $3; at E.l.f

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Subtle Matte Powder
Subtle Matte Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer, $29; at Benefit

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Sheer Liquid Bronzer
Sheer Liquid Bronzer

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer, $40; at Nars

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Shimmery Baked Powder
Shimmery Baked Powder

Milani Baked Bronzer, $9; at Milani

Photo: Milani
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Matte Cream Stick
Matte Cream Stick

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, $24; at Milk Makeup

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Pearlescent Powder
Pearlescent Powder

BareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder, $28; at BareMinerals

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Tinted Bronzing Gel
Tinted Bronzing Gel

Tom Ford Bronzing Gel, $48; at Tom Ford

Photo: Tom Ford

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  • Subtly Iridescent Powder
  • Sheer, Hydrating Gel
  • Matte and Iridescent Powders
  • Subtle Matte Powder
  • Sheer Liquid Bronzer
  • Shimmery Baked Powder
  • Matte Cream Stick
  • Pearlescent Powder
  • Tinted Bronzing Gel

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