Oh, bronzer: what a torrid relationship we’ve had with you. From the heavy-handed days of the early aughts to recent days of being bronzer-phobic lest we all look like Paris Hilton, you’ve set a healthy dose of fear in our hearts.
Thankfully though, if you’re one of those who shied away from this product in the past, there are more ways than ever to get your bronze on with just a little hint of glow. I’d like to argue that bronzer should never be used to create a “tan” look—this is where many women (and, uh, certain orange-hued politicians) go wrong. If you’re trying to create a tan, you’ll want to use a self-tanner first. Bronzer is simply the icing on the cake; you’re looking to add warmth and a bit of glow to your complexion rather than actually change its color completely.
Getting bronzer right is simple, really: choose a shade that’s only a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone, use a big, fluffy brush, and apply a small amount of product. Don’t forget to apply a bit to your neck and ears for the most natural look! Now, check out my bronzing picks for summer 2017—it’s going to be one glow-y season!