The Best Bronzers And Highlighters For The Ultimate Glowy Summer Skin
Get that glow
Not everyone is jetting off for two weeks of sun, sea and sand this year, and for those of us who'll be spending the summer in a horizontal position and scrolling on a laptop, the glow potential is somewhat limited.
But luckily, fresh-air hating folks have the magic of makeup on side, meaning that you can avoid the great outdoors at all costs and still achieve that ultimate summer skin. Get that glow, gurls and guys.
Whether you prefer a more natural skin sheen, or whether you just really enjoy being the human version of a glazed doughnut, these are the products that are gonna help you look bronzed and beautiful.
Here's the very best bronzers and highlighters out there right now which will let you GLOW like the lightbulb you truly are.
1. theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer, £16.00
Maybe the perfect honey-hued highlighter, Mary Lou is a long-time fave amongst beauty gurus. It diffuses light against your skin for natural and gorgeous radiance, while also adding a subtle glow.
2. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, £49.99
The only face palette you'll ever need, Charlotte Tilbury's super fancy Filmstar combo contains a rich bronzer to mimic that sun-kissed skin, along with a stunning highlight for an A-lister luminosity.
3. Iconic London Limited Edition Illuminator Drops, £29.99
For guys and girls who like their glow G-L-O-W-Y, this is a must-have formula. The concentrated liquid shimmer is highlighting af, and is a fave of pretty much everyone from Jeffree Star to Jourdan Dunn.
4. Kylie Cosmetics Skinny Dip Face Duo, $34.00
With 'Sun Kissed', a soft warm bronze shade and 'Glow Up', a shimmering light gold, the face duo palette from Kylie's Vacation Collection is all you need for Kardashian-approved summer vibes.
5. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, £32.00
Approved by makeup obsessors as soft focus lighting in a bottle, this dreamy cream product can be used all over the face for a lit-from-within lustre, or just along your cheekbones for a subtle but beaut sheen.
6. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, £25.00
Too Faced's light gold matte powder is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder for a shimmer-free, delicious-smelling tan without the twinkle. It also doubles up as a pretty great eyeshadow, btw.
7. Sleek Summer Solstice Palette, £9.99
If you're looking for a serious bargain, Sleek's little rose gold tin contains two baked powders, one luxe cream formula and one silky shimmer powder - and they SERIOUSLY give the glow of all glows.
8. Benefit Hoola & Hoola Lite, £24.50
You can't go wrong with a classic like Hoola. The finely milled powder sweeps flawlessly onto skin to add the perfect amount of warmth, while the brand new lighter version is awesome for paler skin tones.
9. OFRA X NikkieTutorials Everglow, £41.24
If you're gonna take highlighter advice from anyone, take it from queen of the glazed cheekbone, NikkieTutorials. Her collab with OFRA has a frosty white, neutral shimmer and sun-kissed copper shade for a BLINDING finish.
10. MUA Bronzed Perfection Matte Sunset Tan, £4.00
Any glow-hunters on a budget should check out MUA's giant matte bronzer. For under a fiver, it'll transform you from a transparent ghost to a sunkissed babe with just a couple of sweeps.
11. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost, £25.50
If the thought of looking 'natural' makes you eyeroll, get ready to guide home ships and have your cheekbone reflected on Mars with Jeffree's INSANELY pigmented skin frosts. New summer shade Snowcone is particularly slay-worthy.
12. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, £34.00
Sworn in as a holy grail bronzer by all the biggest beauty gurus, Bronze Goddess is a great (but kinda luxury) glow option, comes in a variety of shades and has a super subtle shimmer that you can wear all over your face.
13. Morphe Pressed Pigment in 'Champagne Nights', £6.00
When a soft and subtle sheen just won't cut it, Morphe's famous pressed pigment will give you a killer metallic finish. Sweep over cheekbones, brow bones, upper lip and bridge of the nose for an almost wet-look finish.
14. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, £24.50
Half bronzer and half highlighter, MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is a shimmering, glow-giving peachy bronze that's perfect for warm radiance and just a little bit of colour.
15. HUDA Beauty 3D Highlight Palette, £40.00
A 'melted strobe cream' prep shade, a powder 'set shade', a 'sculpt shade' for added dimension and a 'boost shade' to inject a healthy glow, Huda's iconic highlight palette is sliiightly extra but a total must-have for glow addicts.
16. Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder, £36.50
There's a reason this bronzer has earned legendary status in the beauty world. It's a total game-changer for your makeup bag, with a flattering luminous finish that perfects the skin as well as warming it up, and a scent that just IS the epitome of summer.
17. LOreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil, £14.99
Don't assume that you have to splash the cash to get the perfect glow. The puff inside is a bit naff tbh, but use a brush to buff in the natural bronze shade and prepare to look like you've just spent two weeks sunning yourself by a pool in the South of France.
18. Laura Geller Baked Bronze-N-Brighten, £26.00
Infused with swirls of liquid pigments, Laura Geller's long-wearing baked formula glides effortlessly over skin, and actually adjusts to your skin tone to create the perfect dewy, bronzed result. It's basically magic.
- Words by Lucy Wood
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