When the weather turns warm and the sun makes everything shine, I haul out my make-up bag to figure out if I need to purchase a new bronzer for the summer season.  I usually do because I use bronzer almost all year.

Depending on your complexion, likes and needs here are some of the best bronzers on the market:

Mineral-based make-up has exploded in the beauty industry.  Used in eye shadows and foundation powders their coverage and hold is hard to beat.  Bare Escentuals bareMineral READY bronzer is one of the best brands in mineral make-up. Their bronzer is moderately priced and really works.  It provides an amazing glow that lasts while looking very natural too. Bare Escentuals bareMineral also has a bronzing kit that includes an all-over face glow for a radiant faux tan, a lip gloss and a soft fan brush.

Bobbi Brown make-up has endurance too.  For over a decade Brown’s Bronzing Powder has been a best-seller and for good reason.  It looks amazing on everyone.  This compact powder bronzer comes in seven shades like ‘Golden Light’ to ‘Deep’. Each has a soft, smooth texture and a matte finish that gives a natural sun-kissed tan to your face, shoulders and décolletage.  Bobbi Brown also makes an award-winning Bronze Shimmer Brick compact that delivers illuminating neutral to deep color wherever you apply it.

Go beyond powder and consider The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for your face.  This all natural gel works on all skin tones, moisturizes and comes in a non-greasy, light formula.  The Body Shop has a wide array of bronzing beads, baked to last bronzer and lip gloss.  Nars has Body Glow a liquid that produces a seductive bronze color with a long-lasting coconut and Tiare flower scent.  Companies like Clinique and Guerlain have liquid bronzers for the face and body.  You can build your color over time with liquid bronzers just like a sunless tanner.

For a less expensive bronzer, drugstore or big box retailers have many options.  Physicians Formula offers many options in powder form, compacts and beads that are a good green alternative too.  Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is great for darker complexions and is under $6.   Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer is a combination of colors that work well on many skin tones and always gets rave reviews.

We’ve looked at gels, powders and more in this bronzing line-up.  Don’t be afraid to browse and try different options to figure out if you want a bronzer for a sun-kissed look or for illumination.  Good luck and happy bronzing!