Sometimes you have to fake it.

By Melissa Goldstein
May 29, 2018
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When choosing a bronzer, stay within two shades of your natural color.
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The best bronzers enhance any skin tone with the swish of a brush. For a subtle day-at-the-beach look, choose one of our favorites, and bask in the glow.

1. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder

GREAT FOR: ALL-AROUND RADIANCE.

The five shades in this compact swirl together to create a warm, peachy complexion. $58, chanel.com

2. Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan

GREAT FOR: A MATTE FINISH.

Extra-nice for oily types, this finely milled formula gives your skin a velvety texture. Expert tip: Sweep it under cheekbones for a contoured appearance. $49, marcjacobsbeauty.com

3. L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It

GREAT FOR: SUBTLE SHIMMER.

The soft iridescence makes skin dewy, and also works as a highlighter. Deep (shade shown) is beautiful on darker skin tones. $15, lorealparisusa.com

4. Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder

GREAT FOR: FAIR SKIN.

Many bronzers look muddy on porcelain complexions, but this offers just a kiss of pretty color. $53, guerlain.com

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Applying It

Bronzer is most flattering (and believable-looking) when it hits the highest planes on the face. Use a big, fluffy brush to sweep it from hairline to cheekbones to chin (as if drawing a number three), and repeat on the other side. Finish with a tap on the nose.

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