Everyone loves and aspires to that bronzy glow that makes you look like you’ve spent the entire summer on a beach as opposed to stuck in a cubicle…

But from bargain to luxury, there are a lot of bronzers from which to choose. Check out the top 8 bronzers that makeup artists have called their “must-haves,” and you, too, can attain that healthy, gorgeous glow we all love.

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Top makeup artists share their picks for a gorgeous glow.


By Sam Neibart for Elle


Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan in Tan-Tastic!

“My current go-to. It has a gray undertone, which creates a natural shadow without leaving the skin looking muddy.” —Patrick Ta

Estée Lauder Double Wear Radiant Bronze Cushion Stick in Light Medium

“I apply this to the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline, then take my finger and glide it across the bridge of the nose. It gives more of a tanned look as opposed to a contoured one.” —Violette

L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer in Deep

“It helps give skin a warm, healthy look. By brushing it across cheeks and temples, you can give your face soft definition and structure.” —Sir John

Sisley Phyto-Touche Illusion d'Été

“Creamy textures are the most realistic way to bronze. The Sisley gel powder has the slightest glow—and with its genius texture, it can even be applied on top of loose powder.” —Pati Dubroff

L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer in Deep

“This leaves [the body] ultraglossy, smooth, and hydrated. The best part is the texture: It’s extremely lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky.” —Sophie Evans

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder in Fresh Light

“This powder adds a sheen but is more matte [than other bronzers]. It’s perfect for adding depth, especially when used with a highlighter.” —Daniel Martin

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

“The magic is that it actually looks real—it’s not orange or glittery. Remember, bronzer is not contour, so it needs to be applied to areas of the skin that reflect light the most.” —Rose-Marie Swift

Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Bronze Kit

“The four shades range from cool to warm, so you’re able to contour, bronze, and highlight. Swirl the warmest bronze across the cheeks, temples, and chin for a sun-kissed glow.” —Erin Parsons