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        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder in Cinnamon

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder in Cinnamon

        A dose of reddish orange zaps sallowness and adds a glow.

        $55
        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2016

        CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue in Ebony Bronze

        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue in Ebony Bronze

        This coffee-colored powder provides depth.

        $7
        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2016

        MAC Cosmetics Eco-Friendly Bronzer

        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2016
        WINNER 2016

        MAC Cosmetics Eco-Friendly Bronzer

        Made with 77 mineral complexes (as opposed to, say, 248 chemical compounds), this finely milled powder delivers a hit of golden sun without baking you “Oompa Loompa orange” or skewing “muddy,” says Fabiola.

        $32
        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2016

        Guerlain Terracotta Light in No. 02 Blondes

        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2014

        Guerlain Terracotta Light in No. 02 Blondes

        The pink in this mosaic keeps the bronze tone from looking artificial.

        $57
        Best Bronzer for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow in Light to Medium

        Best Bronzer for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2012

        Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow in Light to Medium

        The tan brick creates soft contours while the light powder expertly strobes.

        $68
        Hall of Fame
        Best Bronzer 2016

        Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

        Best Bronzer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

        Turns out bronzing your skin can be a lot like highlighting your hair: You may need myriad tones to conjure a natural effect—and not a flat, one-dimensional color. Bruce Grayson grabs this brand’s line of powders for clients like Julianne Hough. The multifaceted formulas are also the go-to glow boosters for L.A. makeup artist Andre Sarmiento. Should a shade contain shimmer, it’ll melt into skin, so it never looks uneven or patchy, says Sarmiento.

        $53
        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Casino

        Best Bronzer for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Casino

        The mink powder looks sun-kissed (not muddy) along cheekbones, forehead, and chin.

        $39
        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Laguna

        Best Bronzer for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        Nars in Laguna

        Delivers an I-wore- sunscreen-but-still-got-a-tan glow.

        $39
        Best Bronzer for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Laguna

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Laguna

        This sable bronzer gives cheeks, forehead, and chin the prettiest golden glow.

        $39
        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2015

        Tarte Amazonian Clay

        Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tarte Amazonian Clay

        A few sweeps of this golden powder hint at a soul-restoring vacation in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s not a chunky shimmer,” says King. Extra points for the clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon—that absorbs oil without looking dry or flaky.

        $30
        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Casino

        Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Nars in Casino

        This espresso powder flecked with shimmer creates an alluring radiance on chestnut skin.

        $39
        Best 2014 Medium to Dark

        Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess in Medium Deep

        Best 2014 Medium to Dark
        WINNER 2014

        Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess in Medium Deep

        A classic powder that’s too grown-up for glitz, it contours as beautifully as it caramelizes.

        $36
        Best 2014 Bronzer

        Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons

        Best 2014 Bronzer
        WINNER 2014

        Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons

        For 30 years this iconic compact has been an essential for the sun-kissed. While many other bronzers go on orangey, nothing about this glow looks faux. "I try different bronzers but always go back to Guerlain because it looks natural," says L.A. makeup artist Vera Steimberg. It seems others just pale in comparison.

        $76
        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Bronzer

        Tarte Matte Mineral Powder

        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Bronzer
        WINNER 2013

        Tarte Matte Mineral Powder

        When you want warmth that won't put a floodlight on fine lines, this shimmer-free formula does the trick. "We're not all J.Lo, trying to outshine the sun," says makeup artist Leah Rial. "This gives that healthy glow." The mineral-and-clay base buffs away imperfections.

        $29
        Best 2013 Shade for Olive Skin Bronzer

        Guerlain Terracotta in No. 5 Sun Brunettes

        Best 2013 Shade for Olive Skin Bronzer
        WINNER 2013

        Guerlain Terracotta in No. 5 Sun Brunettes

        Put the gold in golden skin tones with this finely milled bronzer.

        $51
        Best 2012 Shade for Dark Skin Bronzer

        Bobbi Brown in Deep

        Best 2012 Shade for Dark Skin Bronzer
        WINNER 2012

        Bobbi Brown in Deep

        This matte bronzer has a caramel brown undertone for gorgeous contouring.

        $35
        Best 2011 Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Bronzer

        Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze

        Best 2011 Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Bronzer
        WINNER 2011

        Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze

        One swoosh of this tawny, shine-absorbing powder adds glow and zaps grease.

        $8
        Best 2011 Shade for Fair Skin Bronzer

        Guerlain Terracotta Light in Blondes 01

        Best 2011 Shade for Fair Skin Bronzer
        WINNER 2011

        Guerlain Terracotta Light in Blondes 01

        The combo of taupe, gold and rose imparts a hint of color that's nearly impossible to overdo.

        $50
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