Bronzing has come a long way since the deep, dark mahogany tans of the 80s, with the past few years hailing a flurry of foolproof, buildable and barely-there bronzers. From light-reflecting particles to superfine milled powders, a sunkissed glow to a two-weeks-in-the-Med tan tone, these clever new bronzers offer a range of textures, tones and tanning options.
Whilst not a new launch, Givenchy’s Mister Radiant £25 is perfectly on-point for the dewy glowing skin that swept the Spring Summer catwalks. A lightweight translucent gel packed full of tan and pearlescent particles, it glides over skin, blending seamlessly. As the beads are buffed into skin, either with fingers or a foundation brush, they burst to impart subtle matt and shimmer pigments for a made-to-measure radiance or buildable bronze glow. And if you love this – as I do – you’ll be thrilled to hear that this Summer, Givenchy have launched a limited edition body version! Seemingly on a roll with their bronze offerings, you may think that Givenchy’s Le Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder £32.50 is simply yet another updated-for-summer bronzing palette, but you’d be wrong. Because this is bronzing at its most high-tech. It acts like a powder, feels like a powder and looks like a powder, but is actually a talc-free baked gel. The soft-touch formula when buffed into skin is barely detectable until, when layered, it transforms into a gorgeously glowy sheen of colour.
A tan-in-a-can was as far from my idea of subtle modern bronzing as could be imagined. However, thanks to the masterful (and trustworthy) hands of make up artist Cassie Lomas, Bourjois’ Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder Spray, £7.99 has now become a make up bag mainstay – and my summer skin is eternally grateful. Not to be feared, this super-fine, fast-drying bronzing powder, when sprayed at a 10 cm distance, blasts a fine mist of cocoa bean-enriched pigments onto the face (and body). Without the need for blending or buffing, it sets over the top of make up – without disturbing any base – for a radiance boosting and surprisingly long-lasting sunkissed complexion.
If you’re partial to a glistening golden skintone, it’s time to turn your attention away from classic matte powders and towards Becca’s Brazilian Bronzing Sheen £22. This multi-purpose cream-gel hybrid works to add a bronze glow to lighter skin or a glimmering shine to darker tones. Rich, glossy, with a subtle shimmer and packed full of anti-oxidants, applied all over the face, it gently boosts your tan tone and is a summer-skin must-have.
Burberry’s Healthy Sheer Summer Glow Powder, £32.50 has taken classic bronzing powders to a whole new level thanks to the quad of complimentary shades, packed full of light-reflecting particles and subtle hued pigments. But for those of you who just aren’t that easily convinced I have just two words for you. Cara. Delevigne. That flawless semi-sheer skin and perfect mocha-mink tan. Need I say more? Simply buff all four shades together for a buffed bronze highlight to skin, or opt for the two dusky tones for a light tan shade and the pink and champagne shades to highlight.