HOW TO CHOOSE A BRONZER FOR LIGHT SKIN
First things first; the shade. You wouldn't reach for a foundation several tones darker than your skin, so why do so with bronzer?
If your complexion is fair, the goal shouldn't be to look 'bronze' (an objective out of your complexion's wheelhouse), but rather to look 'bronzed'—any shade two to three tones darker than your base colour will deliver the desired effect.
When it comes to selecting a shade, tone is important, too; look for cool-toned taupe hues rather than warm-toned tan ones—and definitely steer clear of anything of the terracotta variety; orange undertones are no friend to an alabaster complexion.
Finish is the next factor. If subtle, sunkissed warmth is your brief, steer clear of shimmer—a matte formula will deliver glow sans glitter.
HOW TO APPLY BRONZER TO LIGHT SKIN
As for application? A light touch is a must. Bronzer is buildable, so start slow; it can prove effective while still appearing undetectable.
Simply sweep product across areas where sun would naturally hit the face (think the cheekbones, jawline, nose and temples), and build until you're satisfied with the result.
THE BEST BRONZERS FOR LIGHT SKIN
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Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour in Light by Chanel, $90 at Myer
A powder-cream formula that delivers a subtle, natural glow.
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Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer by Too Faced, $51 at MECCA
Infused with real cocoa powder, this bronzer is the opposite of orange.
3 / 8
The Sculpting Powder in Light by Kevyn Aucoin, $70 at MECCA
Free from shimmer, this sculpting powder delivers seamless, soft definition.
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Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Inda Sun by Fenty Beauty, $46 at Sephora
Further proof that Fenty knows its way around an extensive shade range.
5 / 8
Hoola Lite Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics, $54 at Sephora
The same soft-matte formula we all know and love, in a heavenly honey hue.
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O!mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan in Tan-tastic by Marc Jacobs Beauty, $72 at Sephora
A beige-toned bronzer delicately scented with a divine coconut fragrance.
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Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess by Tarte, $41 at Sephora
A true matte with the ability to revive cheekbones from the dead.
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Warm Glow Natural Bronzer by Burberry, $72 at David Jones
If a warm glow is the aim, this aptly named powder is the one for the job.