All of us can do with a little help for our skin during the winter months. Looking washed out and pale is just part of the winter package, or at least it used to be. Nowadays, with all the great products that are available, there are plenty of good options to get that healthy glow all year round with your bronzer. There are other ways to achieve a healthy winter glow, like fake tanning, but those are for another post and another time:) I have put together here the best bronzers for a healthy winter glow for all budgets and skin tones. There’s something here for everyone!
What to look out for in a winter bronzer
Wearing a bronzer in the summer is different to the winter. In the winter you have to keep the tan more subtle with less shimmer and shine. The trick with looking tanned in the winter is not to overdo it, or it just looks fake. And unless you’re featuring on Love Island, that’s a look you’ll want to avoid! What you should be after is just a little added colour to give you a healthy natural glow.
To achieve this, make sure you’re using a big brush that will apply the bronzer evenly. I also recommend wearing primer because it always helps makeup apply more evenly and stay on better. To get the right colour in the winter, go one shade darker than your skin colour or you’ll risk looking orange. We’ve put together here best bronzers for a healthy winter glow in 2021.
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The Best Bronzers for a Healthy Winter Glow in 2021
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer is the perfect bronzer to create a subtle winter glow. And it happens to be stunning too! Hourglass is known for its beautiful makeup that often is made from multiple shades to give you the perfect shade balance.
The bronzer comes in 4 shades, including one light enough for the palest of skin colours. (Yes, that’s me!) It’s highly pigmented and applies really evenly and smoothly. With its combination of highlight pigments and bronzing ones, it applies beautifully and softly. Extremely lightweight, yet buildable at the same time, it’s a favourite by many. And to be honest, it’s easy to see why!
The only disadvantage to the Ambient Lighting Bronzer is the price! Like all Hourglass products, the bronzer is on the pricier side. That being said, it’s a quality bronzer that will give you your money’s worth!
Don’t be put off by the dark appearance of the Chantecaille Real Bronze Gel-Powder Bronzer. It may look really dark in the pan, but in actuality, once applied to the face it has a gorgeous, natural colour that adds the perfect amount of life to your face!
The Chantecaille Real Bronze Gel-Powder Bronzer is perfect for the winter due to its lightweight and smooth texture. It’s really easy to apply and very blendable too. It comes in two shades, none of which are orange or red, it has the perfect neutral colour and at the same time gives a good glow. I’d say it’s a winner!
The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder is another really natural-looking bronzer. It comes in matching highlight shades too. The radiance gives the bronzer a lovely glow, without making the skin look oily. It blends smoothly and is very buildable due to its lovely velvety texture.
Perfect for the winter due to its subtle glow that is also glitter-free. The bronzer has a sheer finish and is non-drying making it ideal for the dry, cold weather! It gives the skin a beautiful healthy-looking colour with just the right amount of bronze in it.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder comes in 4 bronzer shades and one highlighter. The shades are perfectly right in the middle, they are not too warm, nor too cool. They are the ideal bronzers for a sun-kissed winter glow!
If you love a multi-functional product then you will love this 3 in 1 powder bronzer that triples up as a bronzer, blush and highlighter! Genius, right? Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer has a unique gradient enabling it to be multi-use.
Available in 3 shade variations, The Neo-Bronzer is the answer to your prayers if you’re all about minimalism and having fewer makeup products. The bronzer is extremely natural, but also extremely buildable. You can use this palette all year round. In the winter you can get a subtle glow and in the summer, because of its buildable nature, you can get your sun-kissed tan too. Not only is it multi-use but it’s also for all year round!
The highlighter side of the palette has a slight shimmer, the bronzer is completely matte. Both ends give the skin a natural colour that looks amazing in the winter!
The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is another bronzer that is amazing for pale skin as well as for the winter months! It’s really soft in colour, making it easy to apply without overdoing the tan. It’s also perfect for getting a natural tan and glow, with this bronzer, you can definitely skip the sunbed!
The bronzer has a matte finish that has a soft subtle colour to it but, is very buildable too. You can wear it during the day as well as build it up for an evening look.
These are a few of the best bronzers that will give you a healthy winter glow. There’s something for every budget, from luxury to drugstore bronzers. Most of these bronzers made it into this post because the colour they give is subtle and buildable. That’s the key to a healthy glow in the winter!
What are your favourite bronzers? Do you use a different bronzer in the winter and summer months? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below:)
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