Get that healthy glow!

Bronzers are the perfect way to get that summer look year-round. Learn about some of the different varieties available, as well as which ones should make it onto your shopping list.

Sun-kissed Beauty

Makeup with a tint of tan is a great way to brighten up your look and give the illusion that you play outside all day for a living. Whether it is January or July, you can add dimension and color to your skin, leaving your appearance sun-kissed and full of summertime fun.

Follow the Instructions

A big issue with this type of product is applying too much or too little can leave your face looking tacky and unnatural. Applying darkening makeup unevenly can cause your skin to look splotchy, smudgy, and even dirty. For this reason, it is important that you find a product that is simple to apply and perfectly suited for your own natural skin tone.

Since a small amount can go a long way, start out by applying less than you think you will need. Another important rule to wearing bronzer is an understanding that you don't need to apply a lot of makeup with it. The majority of the time, subtle eye makeup and a fun lip-gloss are enough to keep you looking radiant and beautiful. Try to stay away from coppers and browns, as you don't want to look as if you are attempting to bronze over a tan.

Lastly, bronzers work best on parts of the face where the sun would naturally make an effect. Consider your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose as areas of the face where you can use a little browning.

There are many different types of faux tanners to choose from. Read on for a few of our favorites.

Powder Bronzers

For those who are freckle-faced or fair-skinned, a powder bronzer formula is a great stepping-stone into the world of self-tanning. Perfect for those who are fearful of looking unnatural or downright orange, the powder bronze provides only light coverage and is specially designed for fair skin. Get just a faint hint of a tan with this genre of colorant by using a quality formula such as Laura Mercier's Powder Bronzer for Fair Skin.

Gel Darkeners

If you often experience dry or combination skin, then you already know that many powder cosmetics won't work for you. Gel versions are a great alternative for difficult skin types, as many moisturize while adding color and dimension to your appearance.

Usually translucent, these come in a tinted gel formula that gives you a truly natural look with plenty of glow. A great producer of gel skin tone enhancer is Clinique. In a variety of gorgeous shades, you will easily find one perfect for both your skin type and tone.

Straight Off the Sand

If you love pulling off the look of a beach bum but are confined to a cubicle all week long, then Estee Lauder's line of products called "Just Off the Beach" may be your answer.

Selling both powder and cream formulations, you can get a boost of sun protection while your skin beautifully darkens. One of Estee Lauder's specialties is a bronzer for the face, which prevents the common mistake of using a self-tanner meant for the body. Your facial skin demands special attention, so be sure to use a product designed specifically for that purpose.

An Evening Out

From summer luaus to a company Christmas party, there always seems to be someplace to go after the day is done. If you are looking for a little glamour and sheen to add to your evening look, try Clinique's True Bronze Loose Powder.

Filled with shimmer, this product gives your skin a sexy, iridescent glow that is perfect for a night out on the town.

Whichever type you choose, getting a little sunshine in your makeup routine will help you feel more confidant and beautiful wherever life leads you. Many products are affordable and easy to use, so consider these recommended items as well as others when you next visit your local beauty counter.

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