Summer 2012’s Best Bronzers for Every $ Point

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Just about this time every year, as our mild spring fades into another beautiful California summer, everyone begins yearning to have that healthy sun-kissed glow. However, with all of the research linking prolonged and unprotected sun exposure to an increased chance of skin cancer, it’s hard to justify reclining by the pool un-covered. Not to mention, who has the time for sun bathing anyway? Luckily, you don’t have to risk your health to enjoy a little color. Here are four of the top bronzers for this summer ranging from the most high end option to most affordable alternative:

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($50, Sephora)

A longtime favorite of many professional makeup artists, the secret to Guerlain’s flawless finish is in its unique texture. This fabulous product is available in eight different shades which means there is a hue for almost every skin tone. Thanks to the broad color spectrum, there is less of a chance of looking either too washed out or two un-naturally dark.

MAC Bronzing Powder ($23, Macy’s)

For a sheer glow with just a hint of shimmer, you may want to try out the bronzing powder made by MAC. It’s great both as a contouring agent and for an all-over tan look. This product is available in four different shades so while it might not be as match-perfect as one of Guerlain’s eight, it’s likely to hit close. Not to mention, it’s also specially formulated to condition your skin on application.

Physician’s Formula ($12 – $14, Your Local Bay Area drugstore)

Not only is this extremely affordable bronzer available in six different shades, each compact comes with six strips of color. If you still don’t see the value, then you should know this product is designed as a bronzer, blush and eye shadow all in one. Use the lightest color strip for accents, the darkest for contours and middle colors for everything in-between.

E.L.F Studio Bronzer ($3, Target)

For those of you on a strict budget, or those of you who simply aren’t sure of your shade and looking to test a few options at once without major financial repercussion, consider this bronzer by E.L.F. The two-tone compact provides you with one shade for highlighting and one for your contours – plus a mirror – all for a whopping three bucks.

No matter which bronze you choose this year, make sure to wear plenty of sun block and cover your face. Use your favorite product to give you the beach-ready look you want and avoid too much sun exposure to keep your skin looking younger longer.

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