The 9 Best Face Bronzers to Fake an Insanely Pretty Tan

by StyleCaster .
May 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET

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 ASAP, which majorly sucks considering the fact that 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 unsafe tan ever again.

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1 /9: Subtly iridescent powder

1/9 :Subtly iridescent powder

Becca Sunlit Bronzer (Becca, $38)

2 /9: Sheer hydrating gel

2/9 :Sheer hydrating gel

Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker (Clinique, $26.50)

3 /9: Matte & iridescent powders

3/9 :Matte & iridescent powders

E.l.f. bronzer palette (E.l.f, $3)

4 /9: Subtle matte powder

4/9 :Subtle matte powder

Benefit Hoola Lite matte bronzer (Benefit, $29)

5 /9: Sheer liquid bronzer

5/9 :Sheer liquid bronzer

Nars Laguna liquid bronzer (Nars, $40)

6 /9: Shimmery baked powder

6/9 :Shimmery baked powder

Milani Baked Bronzer (Milani, $9)

7 /9: Matte cream stick

7/9 :Matte cream stick

Milk Makeup matte bronzer (Milk Makeup, $24)

8 /9: Pearlescent powder

8/9 :Pearlescent powder

BareMinerals Invisible Bronze powder (BareMinerals, $28)

9 /9: Tinted bronzing gel

9/9 :Tinted bronzing gel

Tom Ford Bronzing Gel (Tom Ford, $48)