While we arm ourselves with skincare that can protect us during summertime, we still strive for a flush of healthy-looking colour. So, what can we do to stay golden without having to go through the fury of the sun? If this question brings your thoughts to Ross from Friends – ‘Mississippilessly!’ and Hathaway Orange from Bride Wars, relax because I have another answer for you. ‘Body Bronzer’ – the perfect hybrid between make-up and self-tanning which is easy to apply and easier to take off. Just step in the shower! Using a body bronzer is like applying a face bronzer, pairing the right shade with placement. Here are the top picks to leave you looking like a bronzed goddess returning from a tropical quest.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Away Coconut Body Blurring Bronzer
If you’re headed to the beach or a poolside brunch with the Gals, this waterproof, instant, natural-looking glow could be just the right accessory to your swimwear or sundress. Its lightweight, creamy formula is infused with 5 forms of coconut which hydrates the skin, blurs imperfections, and makes the skin look smoother. This all-over body bronzer comes in 3 shades and does not leave a sticky or oily texture.
MAC Cosmetics BRONZELITE – Strobe Body Lotion With Bronze Pearl
This glowing all-over body moisturizer is just so gorgeous, it’s lightweight and creamy, and it absorbs into the skin giving it a lovely sheen and glow to the body. I love that it dries down instantly, so it does not rub off on everything. The colour payoff is peachy and gives a visually subtle, pearlescent sheen to the skin, and is well suited for very fair skin tones.
Vita Liberata Body Blur HD Skin Finish
Think of this as a BB cream for the body, a product that is the real deal for a quick tan while blurring out imperfections. The natural-looking tints come in 5 shades with hints of shimmer, for radiance, and a healthy-looking glow. It will help cover minor blemishes and give you the perfect sun-kissed tan colour that can be showered off. To avoid streaks or bald spots use a flat top buffer make-up brush, blending in small circular motions. You can also build an additional layer if you like. It does not indicate to be transfer-resistant, so setting it with a bit of translucent powder if needed is a good idea. Also, this product works best on clean, dry exfoliated skin.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
This product is like a pleasant surprise as it adds a nice dewy bronze glow to the skin and flatters every complexion. A little goes a long way with this product, so mix a drop of this product with serums, oil, sunscreen, moisturizer, or even your foundation to get the subtle, bronzy, and natural finish. This product has a host of beneficial ingredients like Cocoa extract which provides powerful antioxidant and soothing benefits; Platinum Peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and Omega-rich virgin marula, and black currant seed oils, which supports a healthy barrier function of the skin.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Spray
I used to dread bare legs because of my veins and other imperfections. Then a friend of mine recommended this product, and it stuck with me since. This inexpensive product won’t break the bank and gives a smooth even coverage which stays fresh and natural looking all day. It’s also water and transfer-resistant. However, I make sure to wash my hands immediately after I spray it, and you need to give it some time to dry before you get dressed. It comes in 4 shades which range from a light glow to a deep glow, and if you don’t find a match to your skin tone mix and match two different shades for just the right tanning glow.