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Best Bronzer for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

Nars in Casino

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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 Bronzer for Dark Skin 2015

Nars in Casino

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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

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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

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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 Bronzer 2015

Guerlain Terracotta 

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Best Bronzer 2015
WINNER 2015

Guerlain Terracotta 

Instead of one-shade-fits-all, try these eight hues that are calibrated by hair color, starting with a tawny beige for blondes and going right down to a deep raisin for ravenhaired beauties. “There’s the tiniest bit of iridescence,” says L.A. makeup artist Kathy Jeung, “which lands on the skin evenly without looking streaky or fake.” 

$53
Best Eco-Friendly Bronzer 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay

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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 2014 Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons

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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 2014 Medium to Dark

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess in Medium Deep

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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 Shade for Fair Skin Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta in No. 2 Blondes

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair Skin Bronzer
WINNER 2014

Guerlain Terracotta in No. 2 Blondes

If other bronzers leave you cold, you’ll warm to this one’s streak-free subtlety.

$52
Best 2013 Shade for Olive Skin Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta in No. 5 Sun Brunettes

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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 2013 Eco-Friendly Bronzer

Tarte Matte Mineral Powder

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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 2012 Shade for Dark Skin Bronzer

Bobbi Brown in Deep

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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 Fair Skin Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta Light in Blondes 01

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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
Best 2011 Shade for Medium-Dark Skin Bronzer

Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze

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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 2007 Gel/Liquid Bronzer

Clinique for Men Non-Streak Bronzer

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Best 2007 Gel/Liquid Bronzer
WINNER 2007

Clinique for Men Non-Streak Bronzer

After Clinique phased out its Bronze Gel in 1999, pros began snatching up the men's version-a similar formulation in different packaging. "It's perfect for everyone," says San Francisco makeup artist Hillary Clark. The lightweight gel is blendable, water-resistant and won't make skin look orange.

$15/2 oz.
Best 2006 Powder Shimmer

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

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Best 2006 Powder Shimmer
WINNER 2006

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

Los Angeles makeup artist Joni Powell "can't live without" this compact, which comes in six rich varieties, each containing five pearlized powders. Powell uses it as an eye shadow, eyeliner and cheek highlighter. "It provides a truly glamorous glow," says Carmindy.

$38
Best 2005 Bronzer

MAC Matte Bronzing Powder

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Best 2005 Bronzer
WINNER 2005

MAC Matte Bronzing Powder

This compact gives you great glow without the usual metallic sheen. "It's good because there's no sparkle," says Jake Bailey, a makeup artist based in N.Y.C. and L.A. "It's not too orangey, so it's great for contouring."

$22
Best 2005 Inexpensive Bronzer

Revlon Skinlights

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Best 2005 Inexpensive Bronzer
WINNER 2005

Revlon Skinlights

Available in six warm, neutral shades, this brightener, "gives a great sun-kissed look to the skin," says L.A. makeup artist Beaubien, who has used it on Maggie Grace. Although the oil-free, SPF 15 lotion is made for the face, Bay Area makeup artist Hillary Clark puts it on shoulders and collarbones too, "to provide subtle shimmer. It's great for a glimmering, bronzed effect," she says.

$20
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