The best bronzers: How to fake a getaway glow

We all love that just-back-from-holiday sun-kissed look – and these clever new bronzers guarantee instant radiance.

The one product category that I never tire of finding new versions of is facial bronzers.

I include anything that gives a natural-looking warmth and colour to the face – something that is barely (or not at all) detectable yet still manages to generate a glow that the French call bonne mine.

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First up is Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum (£36, spacenk. com). This, from the brand that was founded by the supermodel and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is an instant pick-me-up for the complexion. There are similar products already on the market from the likes of Chanel or Givenchy’s Mister Healthy Glow Gel, but this is excellent too. Plus the serum element keeps things lightweight and easy to blend while also hydrating as it goes. The tint is very light so it just helps to lift skin and make you look more refreshed.

best bronzers

On the classic front is Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer (£42, This cream bronzer is certainly more than a match for its main rival, Chanel’s Cream Gel Bronzer, which itself had a successful revamp last year. Tilbury’s bronzer is easy to apply and goes on lightly, but it is easy to build up so you can control the shading. Apply with a brush underneath cheekbones, on your forehead hairline, along the bridge of the nose and the jawline (taking care to blend it underneath towards your neck too) to add both hue and a bit of sculpting. This comes in a palette complete with a mirror, making it easy to travel with.

best bronzers

Another new entry – and a more affordable option – is L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Matte Bronzer (£12.99, This is easily blendable, comes in four shades and really does stay in place – I tested it out during the heatwave.

best bronzers

For a new self-tanner, look to The Grey Self Tanning Serum (£55).

Simply add three or four drops to your moisturiser – I do it at night – blend it in and you’ll wake with the perfect dose of colour and, I must confess, with no detectable sign of the usual biscuit aroma that usually comes with this technology. Plus this must surely be the sleekest self-tanner packaging on the market.


best bronzers

If, like me, you find applying self-tanner (or moisturiser) to your back tricky, try Velvotan Tanning Back Applicator (£5.99, OK, it’s more plastic when we should be trying to cut down, but it’s so handy. It has a foldable handle with a glove-shaped plate to slot a tanning mitt over.

Simply apply product to the mitt and, hey presto, a tricky task is made easy. It gives good coverage with no gaps.