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May 14, 2015

The rising temps have us craving that warm-weather glow, now more than ever. But rather than baking in the sun, we’ll be faking our golden tans with our all-time favorite bronzers.

These magical formulas are the easiest way to brighten up a dull complexion—without the risk of damaging UV rays. For the most believable bronze, start by finding the right shade for your skin tone, and then dust onto areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit, such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Just remember to apply with a light hand (building up to your desired color is always better than removing excess later on) and blend, blend, blend to achieve instantly radiant skin.

Whether you prefer matte or a slight shimmer (we promise no glitter overload here), we bring you the best bronzing powders we’ve tested so far.  Scroll down to shop each one!

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Pictured above (clockwise from left): Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $50; sephora.com. Nars Blush in Zen, $30; narscosmetics.com. Urban Decay Naked Flushed, $32; sephora.com

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, $68; nordstrom.com

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Too Faced Beach Bunny Custom-Blend Bronzer, $30; sephora.com

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Tom Ford Large Bronzing Powder, $95; nordstrom.com

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Cover Girl TruBlend Mineral Bronzer, $8; covergirl.com

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Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion, $36; sephora.com

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