We use bronzers pretty much year-round, but come summer we up our game a little. Now we experiment with slightly darker ones or more of a highlighter to complement our tans (or our fake ones). We don’t suggest going for full-on contouring (although we have been known to overdo it from time to time); try to stay as natural-looking as possible. The key is to find a bronzer that isn’t too orange or too pale and to apply in a well-lit room with a light hand.
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Bronze Age £50
This is a little scarily dark in the package, but surprisingly it doesn’t look like it once on. It gives good definition without being too cakey or heavy and blends expertly (even without a make-up artist’s touch). I also love the retro-looking compact – sleek, sexy and will fit in almost any bag.
Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna £28
A brilliant shade for fair skin – I’m not convinced it will show up on my olive skin or that of my dark-skinned friends, but for those with pale complexions it’s a winner. Subtle enough to give definition and desirable cheekbones, but not a hint of orange in sight. And like the Tom Ford bronzer, a breeze to apply.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow £49
This is both my and Laura’s go-to bronzer and highlighter combo. It can be a challenge to apply and I can look a little orange if I use too much, but if you get it right there is no other like it. It really is amazing, giving you expert contouring and highlighting but still looking very natural.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer £42
Hourglass is one of our favourite new brands. Their lipgloss has made it into our top ten of all time; now this highlighting bronzer is in hot contention. It gives a definite glow and only a delicate sprinkling is needed to make me look like I have been at a week-long spa – rested and healthy.