It’s tempting, once the clocks go back, to resort to fake tan to counter the milky chill that cold weather puts into skin. Though the blanket coverage a fake tan can offer has its allure, there’s something to be said for mastering your bronzer when it comes to excelling at beautiful winter skin.
Here are eight that will lift, enrich and enliven your skin without an orange streak in sight…
The multi-use wonder
There are many ways to use By Terry’s Hyaluronic Summer, all of which will make your skin rival a Victoria’s Secret model. Mix a drop into your foundation for a veil of something sunkissed, blend it onto the apples of cheeks as a final touch for a tanned blush or add it into your moisturiser for an instant ‘lift’ to your complexion. The hyaluronic acid plumps and refines and the matte, fine powder finish means the effect will be natural and effortless.
By Terry Hyaluronic Summer, £45 at SpaceNK
A whole palette of hues
Customising your winter bronze has never been easier. The variety of shades and tones means you can add a pinky just-been-out-for-a-long-walk-in-the-woods vibe to your bronzer, or you can add a shimmery, highlight for a strobed effect. With this many shades, your winter skin will never look dull or boring.
Freedom Makeup London Pro Blush Palette Bronze and Baked, £6 at Freedom Makeup London
The subtle glow-giver…
It’s tempting to reach for deep bronzes when skin gets a winter chill, but keeping it light is so much more flattering when the temperature drops. This fine, blendable formula will instantly lift out the cold blue tones of winter and replace them with a pretty warmth.
Makeup Revolution Bronzer Matte Light Shimmer, £2 at Superdrug
With added skincare benefits…
If you’re after a bronzer that’s incredibly natural then this fusion of skincare and pigment should be your winter bronze go-to. As well as delivering a veil of this-is-the-colour-you-go-in-the-sun bronze it also works to brighten the skin, diffuse sun damage and it protects with a broad spectrum SPF30. Plus as the pigment is highly adaptable it mimics healthy skin for a colour that flatters every skin tone.
Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, £29 at Perricone MD
A perfect matte finish
Shimmer has its place and to be clear, it’s not on your bronzed winter skin. The prettiest winter glow can actually be achieved with a matte finish, not least because it’s understated and looks more ‘real’ on skin than anything with a white shimmer to it. The soft, blendable powder is best used with a big, fluffy brush and can add subtle prettiness if buffed around the hairline as well as swept over cheeks.
Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk, £9 at Topshop
‘Just stepped off the plane’
With not a single orange tone in sight, this tinted powder creates a natural glow on the skin, in turn disguising any winter paleness with a post-holiday flush of health.
MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden, £22 at MAC Cosmetics
For an instant flush of sun-kissed colour…
The golden, transparent pigments in this velvety bronzer will enrich the skin in the same way a day in the sun can. Simply sweep across your face for a healthy, natural glow whatever the weather.
Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder, £35 at Boots