Beauty's Product: Go Bronze or Go Home

I have no time to watch the Olympics. I barely have time to swim my own laps and show up to all of my various commitments during the day looking like something other than a pool rat. Yesterday I ran a little short on time after hopping out of the pool and made the mistake of showing up to an event sans bronzer. Not one to make the same mistake twice, here is a collection of lovely bronzers that will help us get through the rest of summer looking toned, tan, and tranquil.

Bronzer: theBalm Bahama Mama ($18) at

Benefit: Matte bronzer creates beautifully bronzed skin with a paraben-free formula. We all know that being a bronzed bombshell no longer requires long hours in the sun; but the perfect faux glow is an art many are hard pressed to master. This compact features mica and silica for sheer yet pigmented color. The paraben-free formula is designed to be layered as needed for the perfect amount of color to customize the ideal and most realistic shade of bronze. The small compact goes easily from makeup bag to beach bag.

Bronzer: Stila Sun SPF 15 ($28) at

Benefit: Radiant bronze glow, with the added daily sun protection of SPF 15.
Capture the radiant glow of the sun without ever catching a ray. Stila’s best-selling bronzer is now reformulated with SPF 15 for daily sun protection. Dust this light shimmering formula on the nose, cheeks, forehead, even the décolleté whenever you want to feel like you’ve been blessed by the sun. Sunbathing not required.

Bronzer: DuWop BronzeRush ($35) at select Sephora stores

Benefit: Velvety smooth powder bronzer with a gel-based translucent blush for a pop of fresh cheek color. BronzeRush is a palette that has everything you need to add color and life to your complexion. DuWop’s powder bronzer is a finely milled formula that leaves the softest feel on the skin. It’s orange-free, so you get an even, natural-looking tan, and the formula is easy to blend and never appears streaky or blotchy.

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Illuminating Veil in Warming Glow ($11.95) at drugstores and mass market nationwide

Benefit: Bronzer for break-out prone skin.
This first-to-market Mineral Wear™ Talc-Free Illuminating Veil™ bathes skin in minerals, providing the look of a soft, natural bronzed glow for the ultimate “finishing touch” to your makeup. This extremely lightweight powder glides on for a healthy, luminous finish and features a minimalist talc-free formula ideal for the most sensitive or breakout prone skin. The gentle formula allows skin to breathe and can help to minimize the risk of irritation and breakout. Additionally, the flow-through brush applicator with a mirror on the cap is great for on-the-go touch-ups.

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