If you’re on a quest to be tan but it’s winter where you live, just know — you’re not alone. Of course, you can book a vacation or slather yourself in self-tanner but we understand those options are not for everyone. For a quick and instant solution, consider adding bronzing drops to your routine.
“Bronzing drops are a lightweight, liquid bronzer that you can either add to your favorite moisturizer, serum, or foundation,” says Florida-based makeup artist Allison Kaye. In fact, you can also wear them alone. Some bronzing drops have so much glow, you’ll want to apply them as a highlighter to the high points of your face or even on your body.
Regardless of how you want to use it, we promise you’ll love how these drops instantly warm up your complexion and give you a radiance like no other. Below we rounded out the nine best bronzing drops for all skin tones and skin types.
For a glowy, bronze look, add a few drops of the Iconic London Illuminator Liquid Highlight into your favorite moisturizer or foundation to transform it into an iridescent-finish glow booster. Or, you can simply use it on its own as a brighter-than-a-diamond highlighter.
Flower Beauty’s Heatwave Bronzing Essence is an oil-free option that is made with golden pigments. With just a few drops, this bronzer adds immediate warmth to all complexions.
Made with hydration-pumping squalane, Live Tinted’s Hueglow, not only brings the glow but also moisturizes the skin. This formula is available in two shades: Dawn for a pinkish tint and Dusk for a golden hue.
Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Tint is basically a temporary tan in a bottle. It may not give you an iridescent finish but it’ll give you all the warmth you need to look like you just got back from a tropical vacation.
For a natural, lit-from-within glow, consider the Pai Skincare The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops. This little tube is loaded with hydrating hyaluronic acid and sea kelp for moisture. Plus, the glow comes from lemon fruit water — it doesn’t get more natural than that.
Both Sheer Golden and Sheer Bronze shades of the Versed Mood Lighting Glow Drops can be worn solo or mixed in with your favorite base products. We love these because they’re super lightweight and don’t feel like you’re adding pigment in at all.
Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drop’lit All-Over Glow Enhancer comes in four shades that cover all skin tones, so there’s a glow for everyone. It even features skin-nourishing ingredients like prickly pear extract for hydration and pomegranate peel extract to help brighten skin.