The Best Bronzers for a Healthy Winter Glow

The Best Bronzers for a Healthy Winter Glow

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All of us can do with a little help for our skin during these 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. I have put together here the best bronzers for a healthy winter glow. There are other ways, like fake tanning, but those are for another post and another time:)


What to look out for in a bronzer for the winter

Wearing 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. The look you should be after is just a little added colour to give you a healthy 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. Below are a couple of the best bronzers for a healthy winter glow.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

hourglass bronzer

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer is the perfect bronzer to create a winter glow with. It comes in 4 colours, including one light enough for us pales. It’s highly pigmented and applies really evenly and smoothly. I love this bronzer, its perfect for the winter because it subtly warms up the skin- nothing too dramatic or shiny. With its combination of highlight pigments and bronzing ones it applies beautifully and softly.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer can be bought from SpaceNK for $80 / for £45


Chantecaille Compact Soleil Bronzer

CHANTECAILle bronzer

Chantecaille Compact Soleil Bronzer is perfect for the winter due to its lightweight and smooth texture. Its really easy to apply and very blendable. It comes in 3 colours, 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 its a winner!

Chantecaille Compact Soleil Bronzer can be bought from SpaceNK for $46


Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

laura mercier baked matte bronzer

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.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder can be bought from for £28.50


Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette

kevyn aucoin bronzer

I’m obsessed with the colouring and designing of the Neo-Trio Palette. You want magic, this is magic! It comes with a bronze, highlight and set palette and each one has a beautiful gradient. These are perfect for traveling with as they are very portable. They are more useful than the full size ones which take forever to use up. They are easy to blend and with the 3 different palettes you can create many different looks, including a winter one.

Kevin Aucoin Neo-Trio Palette can be bought from SpaceNK for $29 / for £46


Benefit Hoola Bronzer

benefit hoola bronzer

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is another bronzer that is amazing for pale people. It’s really soft in colour, making it really easy to apply without overdoing the tan. It’s also perfect for getting a natural tan and glow, with this bronzer there is no need ever for a sun bed. I love how it applies and it also stays on and has just the right amount of pigmentation. It’s good value for money too:)

Benefit Hoola Bronzer can be bought from for £24.50


These are a few of my best bronzers for a healthy winter glow. What are your favourite bronzers? And do you bronze differently in the winter months? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below:)


Hollie xx


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5 Responses

  1. Life Hack Guide

    Great sharing! A good bronzer is important to contour our face to hide the flaws and bring out the best of our facial features. I personally love Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder as it is a subtle everyday highlighter which gives the skin a perfect finish. Overall, an informative post and I look forward to more of your beauty sharing! Thanks.

  2. Dave

    My wife was just complaining to me about the way her bronzer makes her skin look in the winter.  Of course, I had no idea that there was a difference between winter and summer bronzing makeup… I’m pretty sure my wife doesn’t know either.  She will be ecstatic when she finds out.  

    I know her skin get more dry in the winter.  Does this have anything to do with the different types of bronzer?  She’ll definitely be interested in winter specific bronzers.  Do they also have moisturizing capabilities?

    • Hollie

      If your wife doesn’t use any fake tanning products in the winter then her skin will be a shade or two lighter than in the summer. Because of that many people use a lighter bronzer in the winter. 

      With her skin getting drier in the winter, well, that happens to everyone and it’s highly unlikely that the bronzer causes this. She should moisturise twice daily and she will see softer, more hydrated skin. 

  3. Autofreak

    Nice review Hollie, I read your article on wearing primer and I enjoyed the inside that you provided. The product that I would love to buy among these bronzers is Benefit Hoola Bronzer, I believe that it cost-benefit ratio is better. Imagine how good it will look if it complimented by primer.Adding product prices to reviews makes it easier for people to make a decision on the right one, no everyone does this.

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