Get that Glow: Bronzers and Highlighters for the Beach

by | Aug 2, 2019 | Makeup

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This summer is all about getting that glow for your face and body. We’ve all carefully cultivated our incredible skincare regimes to ensure smooth, supple, summer-ready skin. Now it’s time to further enhance that glow with the use of some of the beauty industry’s current favorites in bronzers and highlighters. Leveling up your makeup game often includes the addition of these wonderful silky enhancers which lend a healthy, golden goddess glow out in the summer sun. Here are the must-have items for bronzers and highlighters this summer.


Bronzers are quite different from the contouring kits that we might have gotten accustomed to seeing around the makeup counters and Instagram beauty trends. Contour shades tend to add a certain “shadow” to areas of the face to give it a slimmer appearance, basically chiseling the face to make it look sharper or more flattering. Bronzers, in contrast, are typically put on to add a warmth to the face, making it look slightly more tanned, so the light can catch the angles and make the face glow with health.

Here are some excellent bronzers you’ll want to try to give your face that sun-kissed summer bronzing:

1. NARS Bronzing Powder

As one of the leading brands of luxury beauty in the world, NARS is famed for their excellent face and cheek products. Their famous bronzing powder has a golden shimmer to it, allowing you to both contour the face and give it the warming glow of summer shine. It applies evenly and even enhances a natural tan, with a finish that’s so natural, no one will know you’re wearing it. Get it at Neiman Marcus.

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers

The Ambient Lighting collection is one of Hourglass’ most famous product lines, giving makeup aficionados almost complete control of their own personal lighting by way of bronzers, contours, and highlighting. The Ambient Lighting Bronzer delivers the ideal sun-kissed look, giving the face plenty of dimensions, suffused with warmth and light glowing from within. Get it at Sephora.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder

If you’re looking for a bronzer with a matte finish, Benefit has you covered with the Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder, which has been a beauty guru favorite for years. It’s an award-winning bronzing powder that’s fit for everyday use. The matte finish ensures that it works great with any skin type to offer a natural-looking bronzing glow that doesn’t look too tanned; just healthy. Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue.

4. Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder

Guerlain, another famed name in luxury beauty, has been known for its amazing products that virtually conducts the light around your face in such a way that you look picture perfect, no matter the lighting. The most famous of their bronzers remains the Terracotta, which blends seamlessly into any complexion, reproducing the perfect tan for every shade. Get it at Nordstrom.

5. MAC Cosmetics MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

It’s hard to find a face product line more tried, tested, and approved of than MAC’s incredible Mineralize Skinfinish line. Created with natural minerals that make it fit for even sensitive skin, the Skinfinish bronzer is actually a finishing powder that can also be used as an incredible bronzer to warm up your look before you hit the beach this summer. Get it at Nordstrom.


But when the talk becomes of glow, the first most immediate item to pop into any beauty lover’s mind is highlighter. These shimmering, high-shine face products have been rapidly increasing in popularity, lending everything from a subtle dewy natural glow to a high-strobe, high fashion luminescence that’s sure to enhance your favorite facial features. It can do everything from make you look more awake or create a shimmering gloss over the skin under the summer sun.

Try some of these breathtaking, high-powered highlighters:

1. Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters

This particular highlighter from Too Faced earned its popularity for its high-shine performance and its captivating appearance. Shaped like a crystalline heart designed to make any girl feel like a magical princess, this shining highlighter comes in a variety of shades to lend a brilliant sheen to the cheeks, inner corners of the eye, on the nose bridge, and more. Get it at Sephora.

2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

When Rihanna’s first line of products from Fenty Beauty came out, it took the world by storm. One of the most talked-about products is her Killawatt Highlighter, which is so brilliantly golden and pigmented that it stands out against any skin tone from fair to dark. This highlighter shade has been so coveted for its intense high-powered shine that so many companies tried to replicate it from the moment it came out. Get it at Sephora.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Considered the cream of the cop in highlighters, Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting palette is an absolute must-have for “strobing” the face. The palette features three beautiful, ultra-smooth shades that suffuse every area with a natural, glowing brightness that flatters the face from any lighting, as though it captures just the right light no matter where you are. Get it at Nordstrom.

4. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

This highlighter is a cult favorite for a reason: it gives you that incredible cheekbone highlight that makes it look as though you have a beauty-light shining on your face at all times. Among the different shades, their most famous one is the Champagne Pop highlighter, which remains one of the world’s favorite highlighters and consistently sells out in stores. Get it at Sephora.

5. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Glass Glow Liquid Illuminator

Kevyn Aucoin’s line of highlighters has been in a league of their own, but this particular one has got everyone raving. The beauty community has recently adopted the Korean “glass skin” fad where the skin looks so smooth, clear, and glowing that it looks like glass. This liquid illuminator will give you that “glass skin finish” even while you’re out at the beach. Get it at Nordstrom.

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