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The 17 Best Liquid Bronzers for a Sun-Kissed Glow All Year Round

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We love a matte moment, but lately we've been taking a shine to liquid makeup for the instant glow it delivers. From creamy blushes to silky eyeshadows, and most recently, fluid bronzers, there's something about liquid formulas that give us the best (and most natural-looking) glow. Not to mention, they're a breeze to apply and blend in, which is especially important when you're using bronzer.

What Makes Liquid Bronzer so Good?

When self-tanning takes too long or there’s not much sun in the sky, a liquid bronzer can give you a radiant boost in seconds. Plus, it tends to be more forgiving on dry and/or mature skin because liquid formulas typically have hydrating ingredients (like hyaluronic acid or jojoba oil) in them that add moisture, as opposed to a powder bronzer, which can emphasize any dry patches.

Another thing that sets them apart from powder bronzers, is they often have more shimmer and ultra-fine pearl minerals in them for an all-out glow. Last but not least, a liquid bronzer is incredibly versatile, as you can wear it alone as a highlighter or mix a few drops of it into any face product (i.e., foundationmoisturizer or sunscreen) for a sun-kissed finish. 

How to Apply Liquid Bronzer

Similar to powder and cream bronzers, you want to target any areas the sun would typically hit like your cheekbones, jawline, forehead and the temples (aka the perimeter of your face). If you want to amp up your faux tan, add a dot at bridge of liquid bronzer along the bridge of your nose, cupid's bow and over your eye lids.

How We Chose the Best Liquid Bronzers

We did some rigorous research to find the best of the best liquid bronzers. First, we started by checking out the top tried-and-true brands at Ulta, Sephora and Amazon, along with trending products on our social media platforms (including TikTok, of course). Then, we scoured the reviews to get honest opinions on the most popular picks, which we narrowed down into this comprehensive list of the 17 best liquid bronzers to get a sun-kissed glow this summer and beyond.

The Best Liquid Bronzers At a Glance

Most Lightweight

1. Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Bronzer

Clinique

  • Pros: oil-free formula, fragrance-free
  • Cons: super pigmented, pricey
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "I'm very fair and this works incredibly well as a mix-in with foundation. It adds a subtle amount of color that looks natural (not overly orange or yellow). New favorite!" — Evelyn, a Sephora review

Looking for the fastest way to glow? Mix a bit of this liquid bronzer with your favorite foundation or moisturizer for a sun-kissed finish. Shoppers say the lightweight formula blends seamlessly and brightens the complexion. Although it comes in one universal tone, it can be adjusted based on what beauty product you combine it with.

Great Vegan Formula

2. Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Sunshine Drops

Drunk Elephant

  • Pros: vegan formula, cruelty-free
  • Cons: small bottle, pricey
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "It really makes my skin look good without anything else and I'm 64! [It] lends a beautiful wash of color to the face as well as being good for your skin. Love it!" — Sharon, an Ulta reviewer

Yes, we’re always seeking the glow. But when a liquid bronzer also has skincare benefits, it’s only right to add it to your cart asap. The vegan formula includes cocoa extract, which features antioxidants that brightens the complexion and reduces redness. You'll also find platinum peptides and chronocyclin (which is similar to vitamin D) that helps soothe, smooth and hydrate your skin. So say hello to a bronzed complexion and goodbye to dullness and fine lines.

Best Matte Finish

3. Iconic London Sheer Bronze Liquid Bronzer

Iconic London

  • Pros: oil-free formula, easy to blend
  • Cons: not enough product, sheer coverage
  • Shade Range: six shades
  • Promising Review: "I have a hard time finding bronzers that melt and blend well into my skin without looking patchy and orange but this one is literally perfect." — A Sephora reviewer

The oil-free formula blends into your skin seamlessly and has a sheer finish that doesn’t look or feel cakey by the end of the day. It also comes in six shades—beige to ebony—to flatter every complexion. Use it to contour for a more sculpted look or mix the bronzer with your foundation for added warmth.

Great for Dull Skin

4. Elaluz By Camila Coelho Liquid Bronzer

Elaluz

  • Pros: vegan, clean ingredients, transfer-proof
  • Cons: contains shimmer, doesn't blend well
  • Shade Range: two shades
  • Promising Review: "I was on the hunt for something to mix with my moisturizer to make my skin look dewy and glowy and this is it! You only need a little and it really keeps your skin moisturized, glowy and hydrated." — Sabby, an Ulta reviewer

This bronzer is loaded with camu camu, a vitamin C that brightens and protects your skin from environmental stressors. It also includes guarana seed extract, buriti oil, papaya seed oil, acai berry oil and cucpacu seed butter that hydrates dull, dry skin. Plus, it's created by celeb Camila Coelho, so wouldn't you want to glow like a star too?

Splurge-Worthy

5. By Terry Tea To Tan Face & Body

By Terry

  • Pros: transfer-proof, sheer coverage, lightweight formula
  • Cons: finicky applicator, slight fragrance
  • Shade Ranges: N/A
  • Promising Review: "It's easy to apply from the spray bottle, and the watery textured liquid transforms your skin in a bronzed glowing goodness. It has a tiny bit of shimmer and feels very comfortable on the skin." — An Bloomingdales reviewer

We’re all about French beauty over here, so it’s no surprise this bronzer made the list. The gentle formula aims to moisturize and protects your skin with cherry fruit water and glycerin, while leaving a sheer bronzy tint behind. Whether you use your fingers, a makeup brush or a beauty sponge, you’ll get a subtle, sunkissed results.

Multi-tasker

6. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Glow Enhancer

Giorgio Armani Beauty

  • Pros: multipurpose, sheer coverage, buildability
  • Cons: shimmer finish
  • Shade Range: seven shades
  • Promising Review: "It has a beautiful glow to it and lights up my skin. [It has] a very lightweight formula. I also mixed it with my [Armani Beauty] Luminous Silk foundation and it worked well." — Nikki, a Giorgio Armani Beauty reviewer

Add this 3-in-1 to your makeup bag to streamline things. The “glow enhancer” acts as a highlighter, a blush and a bronzer. For reviewers, the lightweight texture makes blending a breeze and it delivers on boosting your skin’s natural radiance—whether that’s your cheekbones or your collarbones.

Most Hydrating

7. Milk Makeup Bionic Liquid Bronzer

Milk Makeup

  • Pros: natural finish, vegan, easy to blend
  • Cons: thick consistency
  • Shade Range: four shades
  • Promising Review: "I love this bronzer. It has lasted so long and gives a perfect natural bronzed look. It doesn’t add a gross texture to my face and looks just like [second] skin." — Olivia, a Sephora reviewer

A liquid bronzer with skincare benefits is a winner in our books. The key ingredient—hyaluronic acid—plumps and hydrates your skin. Add some snow mushroom, reishi mushroom and collagen and you’re pretty much guaranteed a smooth and hydrating canvas. In addition to the soft glow it gives, the combo also promises to improve your skin’s texture and elasticity over time.

  • Pros: lightweight formula, subtle shine, cruelty-free
  • Cons: sheer coverage
  • Shade Range: four shades
  • Promising Review: "I absolutely love this highlighter! It's my favorite one I have ever used! The sunbeam color is perfect for my fair skin tone. It’s super lightweight, blendable and buildable. [Plus,] the shimmer is absolute perfection: perfectly reflective without being over the top." — An Amazon reviewer

You don’t need to drop major bucks to score a luminous finish. Shoppers say this NYX bronzer blends like second skin and only requires a dime-sized amount to get the job done. The brand recommends using it as a base to your foundation or replacing your go-to highlighter with this baby for a touch of shine.

Great for Mature Skin

9. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer

Chantecaille

  • Pros: creamy formula, natural finish, lasts up to 12 hours
  • Cons: not suitable for oily skin, pricey
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "This is the best gel-creme bronzer I’ve ever used. It applies beautifully with a Beauty Blender and last all day, no touch-ups required. It also looks the most natural, especially on mature skin." — Nancy, a Neiman Marcus reviewer

This gel bronzer will ensure you’re rocking a glow all night long. It features fruit extracts (i.e. raspberry and bearberry complex) and a special polymer that hydrates, calms and absorbs evenly into the skin. According to the brand, the bronzer can lasts for up to 12 hours without turning greasy or cakey.

Easiest to Blend

10. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand

Charlotte Tilbury

  • Pros: semi-matte finish, sponge applicator, easy to blend
  • Cons: fast-drying formula, flimsy applicator
  • Shade Range: two shades
  • Promising Review: "I’ve used many contour products but this one just blends in perfectly and does not emphasize any of my texture." — Maria, a Sephora reviewer

If you're seeking a more sculpted look, this contour wand should be in your collection. Thanks to the sponge applicator, it's designed to easily glide over the planes of your face, including your cheekbones, temples and jawline. The lightweight formula includes siloxanes, a silicone-based compound that softens and smooths over the skin, so you can get a better blend and it doesn't dry up by the end of the day.

Great for Sensitive Skin

11. Physicians Formula Butter Glow Liquid Bronzer

Physicians Formula

  • Pros: sheer coverage, safe for sensitive skin, subtle shine
  • Cons: light coverage, thin formula
  • Shade Range: two shades
  • Promising Review: "This bronzer provides instant warmth, illumination, and hydration while nourishing the skin with high-quality, skin-loving ingredients. It's also super easy to apply. My skin is pretty sensitive these days and I haven't had any issues!" — An Amazon reviewer

If you're going for a natural glow, check out this liquid bronzer from Physicians Formula. It's formulated with murumuru, cupuaçu and tucuma butters that soften, condition and moisturize the skin. Shoppers say it's easy to blend and offers a subtle glow whether you wear it alone or under makeup.

Customizable Formula

12. Pai Skincare The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops

Pai Skincare

  • Pros: subtle finish, clean ingredients
  • Cons: not great for super sensitive or acne-prone skin
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "This one is simply perfection for summer. I often just blend it with my moisturizer and I'm all ready to go, instant freshness." — Elin, a Pai reviewer

Whether you have dry, oily or mature skin, this liquid bronzer delivers for your face and body. Made with hyaluronic acid, sea kelp and vitamin C, reviewers note the formula is super hydrating without feeling overly greasy. FYI: For the best application, add a few drops onto your fingertips and blend the bronzer directly onto your skin. However, you can add a drops into your moisturizer, body cream or sunscreen.

Luxury Find

13. Sisley Paris Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Gel

Sisley Beauty

  • Pros: sheer coverage, non-greasy texture
  • Cons: very pigmented, pricey
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "I love this sun glow gel. I use a small amount on my face after my skincare routine and it really does create a subtle glow that lasts all day." — a Nordstrom reviewer

OK, this bronzer has a hefty price tag, but trust us on this one. The shade promises to enhance your natural complexion and even out your skin without ever laying out in the sun. Plus, the plant extracts and lavender and rosewood essential oils soften and hydrate your skin. According to reviewers, you'll only need a dime-sized amount, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank on a new tube anytime soon.

Favorite Face Oil

14. Jones Road Shimmer Face Oil

Jones Road

  • Pros: dewy finish, beauty hybrid
  • Cons: can feel heavy on skin, strong scent
  • Shade Range: four shades
  • Promising Review: "I absolutely love this stuff. The [way it feels] on my skin and the fresh clean look it gives without making my skin oily. It also has a nice bit of coverage. It’s wonderful!" — Robon, a Jones Road reviewer

This makeup and skincare hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. All four shades have a dewy, shimmery finish and include nine nourishing oils (like sunflower seed, coconut, jojoba and avocado) for an instant moisture boost. Whether you apply it with your fingertips or a blush, you can expect a pop of color and a more even-looking complexion.

Dewiest Finish

15. Live Tinted Hueglow

Live Tinted

  • Pros: vegan, beauty hybrid, AAPI-owned
  • Cons: not suitable for oily skin
  • Shade Range: two shades
  • Promising Review: "I love the way this looks on my skin. It gives the glowy, wet look without being too obvious so I can even wear it without any other makeup on—just to add a little glow. It is so beautiful and light on the skin." — Arushi, an Ulta reviewer

This serum-meets-moisturizer hybrid delivers an instant dewy glow. The lightweight formula adds a subtle shimmer to your daily makeup and is packed with ingredients like squalane to plump your skin with moisture

Top Tinted Serum

16. Indeed Labs Nanobronze Bronzing Drops

Indeed Labs

  • Pros: clean ingredients, non-greasy formula
  • Cons: not buildable, strong scent
  • Shade Range: N/A
  • Promising Review: "As a brown skinned girl, this really helped my skin tone get an even complexion! I look so glowy and bronzed that this is a perfect product for the winter, and applies smoothly with my moisturizer." — Zaina, an Ulta reviewer 

This tinted serum makes your skin glow, while blurring any imperfections. It's formulated with heliostatine, a pea extract that acts as a tan enhancement and improves your complexion. The formula also features blumilight (a blend of actives like cacao seed extract) for added protection against environmental stressors and blue light and hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin.

Fan Favorite

17. Glossier Solar Paint

Glossier

  • Pros: lightweight formula, buildable
  • Cons: difficult to blend, dries quickly
  • Shade Range: four shades
  • Promising Review: "A little goes a mile! The shade is gorgeous and leaves my cheeks looking flushed. [It] dries quickly [and it's] non-greasy. [It] layers well with other products." — Amanda, a Glossier reviewer 

If you're a fan of the brand's cloud paint or boy brow, you'll need to add this gel bronzer to your rotation. Infused with jojoba, aloe, watermelon and baobab oil, the formula is a breeze to blend and build for any occasion. It also has flecks of gold and copper light-reflecting pearls that reviewers say glisten beautifully in the sun.


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