Winter is coming. I can feel it in my cheekbones. And as the temperature drops, skin descends into stereotypes like dull, pasty and lacklustre. There’s just something about summer and skin that’s a match made in heaven. You glow different when the sun is out, the sea is your second home and the spaghetti strap singlets come out.

Don’t fret, though. As much as we are certainly on the countdown to the warmer months, you can fake that summertime glow with ease. Besides moisturising like a maniac, there’s a much quicker way to add warmth, tone and life back into your face. The shortcut: Bronzer.

The key is making your winter sun-kissed glow look natural. No one’s going to believe those tanned streaks on your cheeks when the sun’s been M.I.A. for days. And, while contouring techniques remain the same, applying bronzer in winter is less beach-babe-forever and more woman-of-mystery. You just want to give off those healthy, bright vibes rather than the I-just-got-back-from-the-Maldives tan. Time and a place, people.

To achieve this, ensure bronzer is subtle and applied light-handedly. If you’re anything like me, you love tacos, and also, your skin gets a shade or two lighter over the cold period. Powder bronzers are a great option for light, buildable coverage so there’s less contrast between your complexion and bronzer. You can also try wearing your existing bronzer under translucent powder for a filtered approach.

Otherwise, consider investing in a new shade for the winter season. Whether you’re after a matte finish, a dewier option or something that falls in the middle, we’ve done all the hard yards for you. Here are our top five picks of the bunch…

NARS Luxury Laguna Bronzer

As if best-selling NARS Laguna wasn’t going to get a mention. The immensely popular, one-shade-flatters-all matte bronzer is perfect all year round, making it a very worthy investment. With ultra-subtle gold shimmer to bring back luminosity to the skin, all you need to do is find your favourite Kabuki brush and get to bronzing.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio

With bronzer, you don’t want to look brown, and you sure as hell don’t want to look orange. This three-tone palette ensures you look neither, by combining the best shades of light and dark bronze to give you loads of dimension. Its creamy powder formula is also a dream to wear. Plus, the convenient mirrored compact means you can reapply throughout the day to keep the illusion of sun kissed skin going for as long as possible.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

Another cult-favourite bronzer, Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola Matte formula is a winner for a reason. Arguably the most perfect tone and shade of bronzer ever made, the formula is universally flattering and made without any harsh glitters or shimmers. A your-skin-but-better glow awaits.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Omega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan Bronzer

Available in three hues so you can find one that is perfect for you, Marc Jacobs’s Omega Bronzer is an ultra-blendable, matte bronzer that goes onto the skin like butter. Created with micro-fine, jet-milled pigments for a smooth, natural finish, this bronzer will have you looking healthy and contoured in no time.

Dior Mineral Nude Bronze Powder

If you’re after a more luminous, glowy option for bronzing, Dior’s Mineral Nude Bronze Powder is for you. Formulated with golden minerals to catch the light and enhance the dewiness of your complexion, this powder is available in six lust-worthy shades. We recommend swirling your favourite brush in all of the colours and tones for the perfect, natural shade. You’re welcome.

So, who’s up for keeping bronzer alive this winter?


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