Best for blemished skin… Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil
If your skin is congested and breaking out, keep your makeup matte, as shine will exaggerate bumps. This mattifying bronzer by Kevyn Aucoin is oil-free and will help to reduce shine throughout the day.
Tip: Apply this after you cover any breakouts with concealer and powder. To avoid moving the concealer, don’t buff the bronzer onto skin. Instead, sweep it on with a soft brush that has densely packed fibers to ensure it goes on evenly (try Surratt Beauty’s Artistique Cheek Brush).
Best for dehydrated skin… Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Grisaille
Lines and tightness as a result of exposure to central heating and the elements can be exacerbated by heavy-handed bronzer. This finely-milled, satin-finish bronzer is buildable and lightweight so it won’t settle in creases or emphasize dehydrated patches.
Tip: This is a very versatile shade. Once you have dusted it over skin, apply a wash over eyelids and then add mascara for a quick and simple eye makeup look.
Best for flat winter light… Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
This airy, illuminating bronzer by Hourglass is loved for its ability to light up skin, and it is a great choice on dull, wintery days when complexions can look flat and lifeless. Its Photoluminescent Technology gives skin an ethereal soft-lit glow necessary to defy harsh winter lighting. The result? Skin looks healthier and imperfections are diffused.
Tip: This powder is incredibly finely milled so it layers up a treat. Reapply as the day wears on and add an extra sweep for evening.
Best for exhausted skin… Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
Try this liquid bronzer if your complexion could benefit from a shot of skincare in your makeup after a few too many late nights. It contains vitamin C to brighten skin and a broad-spectrum SPF 30, so offers sun protection. Plus, thanks to its liquid texture, it blends in beautifully.
Tip: Either pat directly onto skin where you want to add warmth or mix a few drops in with your best foundation for an all-over, even glow.
Best for subtle bronze… By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Happy Sun 6
With a customizable palette spanning from a delicate blush pink to a deep chocolate, this bronzer caters perfectly to paler complexions. Thanks to the mix of satin and matte powders, it mimics a natural skin finish, so plump for it if you don’t want anyone to know you’ve faked your glow.
Tip: Swirl your brush (try Sisley Paris Blush Brush) over the lighter shades before dusting on, then add a deeper shade in the hollows of your cheeks for a subtle contour effect.
Best for going all out… Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Cold weather can leave dark skin with a dull and grayish pallor. The combination of reflective pearl and warm bronze tones in this palette confers a megawatt sheen and injects a touch of warmth and vitality to sallow skin.
Tip: Apply with a cheek brush (try Illamasqua Blusher Brush) in small circles, dusting it across the tops of your cheeks and into your hairline to mimic a sun-kissed complexion.