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
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.