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15 Bronzers that give a sun-kissed glow

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

You glow, girl!

It may still feel cold outside, but spring break and summer vacation are just around the corner. If you're worried you'll look like Casper in a bikini in a few short weeks, it's time to consider getting your bronze on.
You glow, girl!

Check out our top 15 picks (because, come on, we really coudn't narrow it down!) for bronzers this year.

You glow, girl!

Physicians Formula
Shimmer Strips

When you walk down the Physicians Formula aisle at your drugstore, you may notice that the brand has an abundance of bronzer options. Shimmer Strips remain our top choice because they bronze the skin while also providing a rosy glow, more like a blush. (Physician's Formula, $13)
You glow, girl!

Guerlain Terracotta
Bronzing Powder

Although pricey, this Guerlain bronzer is a perennial award winner and the bronzer of choice for all the orange-averse ladies who thought they could never successfully use a bronzer. (Nordstrom, $51)
You glow, girl!

Pixi Illuminating
Tint & Conceal

We've added the Pixi BB Cream to our bronzer list because it contains a tint of color and light reflectors to add a touch of glow to the whole face. (Pixi, $30)
You glow, girl!

Clinique Almost
Bronzer SPF15

This Clinique bronzer contains two shades so you can sweep on a deep tan, a rosy glow or a mixture of the two. The two-tone shades are also ideal for contouring, giving you a slimmer, sleeker appearance. (Sephora, $30)
You glow, girl!

bareMinerals Warmth
All Over Face Color

You can dot this sheer mineral makeup all over your face and collarbones for a light glow, or you can purchase it in a darker shade to contour your cheeks. Your facial cheeks, that is. (Bare Escentuals, $19)
You glow, girl!

e.l.f. Studio
Golden Bronzer

At only $3, the e.l.f. bronzer promises great bang for your buck. Users love that it's not too shimmery or dark. (Target, $3)
You glow, girl!

Sephora Collection Bronzer

Just slightly more expensive than drugstore brands, Sephora bronzers provide a low-shimmer bronzing option and can double as a light facial powder. (Sephora, $16)
You glow, girl!

NYX Matte Bronzer

Not for the faint of heart, this buildable NYX matte bronzer is most often used for contouring the face. (NYX, $9)
You glow, girl!

NYC Sunny

Another $3 drugstore bronzer, the NYC Sunny is good for medium to dark skin tones. (CVS, $3)
You glow, girl!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow
Blush & Bronzer

Ladies love this Neutrogena bronzer because it won't clog pores and won't look caked on if skin is naturally oily. (Ulta, $12)
You glow, girl!

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder

We like that this Bobbi Brown product has a pinkish hue for consumers who don't like gold, orange or brown undertones. (Bobbi Brown, $38)
You glow, girl!

L'Oreal Sublime
Self-Tanning Lotion

A facial bronzer is great for everyday use, but if you're hitting the beach, it's probably a good idea to avoid having an orange head and a white body. The L'Oreal Sublime self-tanning lotion adds a touch of natural-looking color to your skin and also contains light-reflecting shine for an all-over bronze look. (, $10)
You glow, girl!

Laura Mercier
Bronzing Gel

Unlike bronzing powders, the Laura Mercier gel blends into the skin for a glow that won't smudge off during the day. (Macy's, $32)
You glow, girl!

DeVita Absolutely Bronzed Absolute Radiance

We love DeVita products because they are all-natural, vegan, and paraben-free. This bronzer is no different, making it a great option for sensitive skin. (DeVita, $23)
You glow, girl!

LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer

Unlike self-tanners, the LORAC body-bronzing luminizer works just like a lotion and will rinse right off at the end of the day. (LORAC, $32)

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