Beauty Essential: My Favorite Bronzing Powder



Bronzer is a touchy cosmetic–some are too brown and some are too orange, so I tend to stay in the middle. Simply put, it’s super important to find the perfect balance between brown and orange for your skin tone. I prefer Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in #64 Desert Bronze. It’s a warm shade that looks true to my skin tone and leaves a lovely natural radiance to my complexion. I always finish off my beauty routine with a few sweeps of this illuminating powder for a gorgeous glow.

You can pick up your own Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder for $50 at

Or, for only $28 (and a similar glow a la Chanel), try Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder.

What bronzer do you use?

XO Lauren

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Categories: Beauty Essentials, Lauren Conrad, Primp
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  • Katelyn Merrill

    I use Hoola and Dallas, from benefit!!!

  • Jennifer Jupiter

    cargo’s miami beach shade (its a varigated ombre type).

  • Lauren Sorrentino

    I use Mac Mineralize Sknifinish Natural in Medium Deep.

  • Melissa Panici

    I really don’t use any bronzer because I don’t wear any makeup on my face. My skin is pretty clear and when I use foundation I break out more. But if I ever decide to use it I will take your advice on the best ones! Thanks Lauren!

  • DMichelle

    I love mineral powders from Neutrogena. They’re always cheap and don’t do any damage to your skin.

  • ashenim

    Nars bronzer in Laguna is a good one that’s not orangey.

  • Amy Breckenridge

    I use the pink leopard bronzing powder by Too Faced. It’s definitely my favorite because it combines shimmering pinks and tans to give you a natural glow! You can get it at Sephora:

  • Erica Kelly

    Nars in Laguna

  • Celia McAleese

    I love Nars Laguna Bronzer!

  • pharmbelle85

    I just ordered Soft Bronzer from Everyday Minerals but I haven’t received it yet to try it. I have really fair skin though so bronzers always make me nervous. I hope I can achieve that sunkissed look :)

  • Amanda Meyrick

    Hoola by Benefit Has been my favorite for years! always gives a natural tan. PERFECT!!! <3

  • K.

    I’m not using a bronzer yet but I am going to since we didn’t had much of a summer in The Netherlands. So I will consider this one in my search for the perfect bronzer! Thanks! 😀

  • Karolina Cz

    Solei tan de Chanel bronzing base. best in the world .

  • Emmy Wong

    I use Nars as well, but Cover FX has some nice ones too, especially for darker-skin toned gals like me.

  • Miche

    Physician’s Formula’s Solar Powder SPF 20 Light Bronzer – bronzes & protects :)

  • Stacy Chapman

    I use a combo of Nars Laguna and Guerlain.

  • Laurel Darr

    A really cheap but good one is the NYC Bronzer in Sunny:)

  • Katie Smith

    It’s cheap and it works great – Bonne Bell Gel Bronzer! I’ve been using it for years along with the Bonne Bell Gold n’ Glitz powder bronzer.

  • Ivy Fielden

    Park Ave. Princess by Tarte is my favorite bronzer! It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for the hot weather. And it’s only $28.

  • Kendra Oatis

    Lorac Tantalizer…LOVE it and it lasts so long!

  • Yaz

    does bronzer look good on an olive complexion ?

  • Rachel Whitby
  • Melissa Dunn

    mac matte bronze powder. its a lovely light brown. not orange at all!

  • Sarah Taylor

    Mac Bronzing Powder – Refined Golden…works great!!

  • Rachel Whitby

    And it’s only $8.49, which is so so affordable!

  • erin

    i like Clinique true bronze (pressed power boonzer). I use the #2 sunkissed. I don’t remember how much I bought it for, but it lasts for a long time. It has never fail to give me a nice tan during winter days. :)

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  • Ashley Peterson

    i love aveda’s bronzer amazonia. its not too dark but still gives you a nice glow!

  • Ludovica Colourfulvanity

    I recently got a MIneralize skinfinish by MAC in the shade “”Goldstone””, part of the “”Semi-precious”” collection. It has a bronze part and a very light pink one… those two colors together are the perfet bronzing shade for my skintone (i’m fair)… lovely!

  • Kelly Andrin

    I use Becca Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende, and love it.

  • Raquel M

    Bobbie Brown’s matte bronzers :) love them! :) xo

  • Rebecca Doepke

    Like so many other responses I also use NARS Laguna but for a bronzer with a little added shimmer I like the MAC mineralized skinfinish but NARS is def. my go to!

  • Hayley Wagner

    i also use the clinique #2 sunkissed! love love love it!

  • veronicag

    Nars are amazing but I use a lot Guerlain.

  • Heather Kidd

    I love Clinique’s true bronze in Sunswept. It has some sparkle to it that gives that extra glow!

  • Nini Persad

    Bobbi brown is the queen of bronzing! her new soft matte, silky-smooth bronzer instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan. Bobbi suggests using Bronzing Powder year round to get a sun-kissed look. $35 only!

  • Clarisse Cadio de Champsavin

    Terracotta from guerlain!

  • aelowry

    I love Too Faced’s Sun Bunny bronzing powder. One of the workers at Sephora told me it was similar to the Chanel bronzer Lauren uses but not as expensive. I really love it.

  • Bee H.

    Love MAC’s Solar Riche or Golden. I also own Nars’ Laguna Bronzer…but I’m not over the moon about it :)

  • Celia G

    Call me cheap, but I totally dig the e.l.f. Studio bronzer in Golden. It’s fantastic, layers well, works as a highlighter, and is only $3.

  • Sophie Parsons

    lauren, can you please do a post on how to get ready for prom; like hair and make up, and maybe even dress styles! would be very helpful xo

  • Baaay

    Nars Laguna Bronzer is my favorite!

  • Lauren Diehl

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Smashbox bronzer. My absolute fav. The price isn’t outrageous, and a little goes a long way.

  • Jennifer Mohr

    Nars Laguna because its the perfect shade of light gold brown that doesn’t turn orange and gives a bit of that jlo glow!

  • Katrin Stockmann

    Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder by The Body Shop… I love it!

  • Fiona Connolly

    bareminerals does it for me

  • Lauren Taylor

    I love Sephora’s bronzer!

  • Sasha Lobitana

    I love Nars Casino bronzer and Mac refined golden bronzer!

  • eva katsoudas

    I have several bronzers: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing makeup base, Benefit Hoola, Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte, but my favorite is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder and it smells just like chocolate!

  • Celine Xo

    Nars, Smashbox, Benefit and Tarte make great bronzers! And Makeup forever!

  • Karla Yeamans

    I love Bare Essentials illuminating bronzer. It looks like a really dark brown but it comes out so light and soft. It makes my skin look great!! I love their makeup — never cakey, oily, or clumpy and it keeps my skin pimple free since it doesn’t clog my pores either! :)

  • Catharina Andersen

    I don’t use a bronzer because I really have a hard time finding one that does not cause me to break out, so I stick with my TiKei-blush in “”Sunrise”” which I get at (the company is Swedish).

    Chanel tests their makeup on animals, so I have stopped using their products ever since I found out. Yes, I own two Chanel-nailpolishes, but I have stopped using those as well.

  • Anna-Frances Bainbridge

    I was a dedicated MAC user for years, but i recently started to use NARS bronzer in “”laguna”” which is a great colour and doesnt have a shimmer so it gives a realistic tanned experience

  • Shelaine Morrison

    Sephora’s Bronzer in Maui. Perfect for Olive skin tones!

  • Vita

    I like mac’s or sephora’s bronzers. Both are good.

  • Ali Rae Hunt

    i LOVE estee lauder’s bronzer in the gold shade. it has the perfect amount of shimmer. i also use this bronzer for eyeshadow sometimes too

  • Corryn Batykefer

    I use Victoria’s Secrets bronzer and I love it!

  • Martie Phillips

    i love Warmth from Bare Escentuals!

  • Kimmy S

    I love Benefit Hoola too! It’s perfection!

  • Holly Homes

    Rimmel Sun Shimmer in Sun Queen! loveee it!

  • Brittany McDonough

    I want to get the NARS orgasm bronzer, next time i go to sephora (closest one is 3 hours away) but i am currently using a lise waltier and it works really well

  • Finn

    i havent found my favorite bronzer yet but im gonna have to try a few that everyone posted

  • tinamarie

    the only bronzer i have found that works is victoria’s secret. other bronzer’s like benefit & bobbi brown made my face break out. ):

  • Theresa Boicourt

    I recently started using Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and LOVE it. It is perfect with little to no shimmer and is the right shade for my skin tone. It’s a defenite must have bronzer

  • Neza Zugelj

    I have Victoria’s Setsrect bronzer too it is pertect!!! :)

  • Glorietta88

    This year I tried SUN BRONZING TRIO by Kiko Make Up Milano #02 Highlighting Coral. Is a mix of three colors (white, dark pink and brown) with a very light coat of glitter…fantastic!!!!

  • Shelby Stallsmith

    Just bought Chanel’s! Can’t wait!

  • Jillianne Liotta

    I used the Chanel bronzer for awhile but I recently have been into mineral make up- bare minerals warmth is now my go to!

  • Keeler

    Sephora’s Sun Disk Bronzer is my favorite. I have gone through a ton of different kinds of bronzers trying to find my favorite and this is it! It is hung and has lasted forever, and its not running out anytime soon. It is great because it doesn’t give a fake look, just the all over sun kissed look that I need. It is great and affordable!

  • Stefani Williams

    I like the bronzed and the beautiful bronzing palette from two faced, it has 3 different bronzers: snow bunny, sun bunny, and pink leopard. I use sun bunny the most, it’s great for contouring!

  • Sabrina Ramirez

    i love the glowdacious pallet from mark. its very inexpensive, shimmery but not too much and comes with a mirror and a brush. You can get yours at my eboutique.

  • Flavia Roque

    For bronzer I love one from MAC called Natural Skin Finish Minerilize in the color SUN POWER is amazing I swear. I also have the Chanel Moisturizing Bronzer Powder in Desert and I agree with you Lauren, it is amazing!

  • Plez Lowery

    Right now I use NYX Tango with Bronzing Powder in When A Leopard Gets A Tan. I Love it!! When I can I will also be getting the Chanel!

  • Melinda Bills

    I use nars laguna bronzer. I’ve tried many (toofaced, tarte, drugstore) but I feel Nars is the most natural.. and I can’t really screw it up either :)

  • Abigail Miklosovic

    I use the channel in desert bronze also, but I am afraid that as winter comes and I lose my tan it will be to warm and peachy orange on my ivory skin! Any suggestions?!?!

  • Renos Fy

    Good words I like the bronzed and the beautiful bronzing palette from two faced, it has 3 different bronzers: snow bunny will be used in the Friend

  • Serena Concato

    I use Terracotta of Givenchy! it’s so good, and it last so long! But you make me courious and I want to try Chanel now! We hav almost the same skin tone and blonde hair…so maybe it’s nice also on me! thanks for sharing! 😉

  • Nicole Vaz

    i use Mac Bronzer. its very nice and afordable. it leaves a clean look

  • Emily MacMillan

    I’ve never used bronzer mostly cause i’m scared of it lol :) im that way with anything new, i never wanna use it incorrectly or cause a faux pas so i havn’t gotten up the nerve to try it!

  • Jessica G

    i use physician;’s formula for medium tones. lasts about 5 hours. Love it. sold at most drugs stores and target. $13

  • Dkhan

    I have been using Pure Minerals Bronzer….it is a must try! It doesn’t cause me to break out…is very light and refreshing, and its affordable. Plus, derm. approved! :)

  • Leah G.

    I AM in love with this bronzer too. I just discovered it a few weeks ago in my shade terre ambre… I haven’t even used another bronzer since then. I did a post on it. Click the below link to check it ou :)

  • Silvia B.

    My favorite ever is Guerlain!!! especially the 4 seasons one. xoxo

  • Ambi s

    Great post, bronzer is a great essential for any girl! See my essentials here:

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