Makeup Bag: 5 Subtle Glow-Boosting Bronzers

Exhibit A: I am not an expert on tanning, or anything even remotely having to do with tanning. My skin glows under those neon lights at the bowling alley. I am, however, sort of an expert (I flatter myself) on faking a healthy summer glow, when the last thing I am in actuality is healthy and/or glowing. Yep, I’m a bronzer connoisseur, and not Snooki-style — I’m all about all bronzers subtle, sheer, and “natural”-looking. Basically, anything that will help me to look less like I just clawed my way out of a mole tunnel. Whether you’re pale pale pale like I am, or just in need of a boost, these 5 bronzers will let the light in …

1. Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer: Celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman created this bronzer palette for Revlon using 4 different shades, or “seasons,” of bronzing color. Use the sections individually for a monochromatic look, or swirl a brush and blend them all together for a flawless, light-diffusing glow. [$12.99, Ulta]

2. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer: If enlarged pores are a concern for you, then you know that bronzer doesn’t exactly do the best job of covering them up. Enter Bronzed & Poreless, a matte formula with skin-smoothing properties that helps to minimize the appearance of pores and other imperfections. [$30, Ulta]

3. BareMinerals Ready Bronzer: This anti-aging bronzer comes in three shades ranging from a neutral light tan (perfect for fair skin!) to a deep bronze. Packed full of antioxidants and cold-pressed carrot oil, the silky formula delivers anti-aging benefits and imparts color lasting up to eight hours. Better still, it’s formulated without harmful ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, and synthetic fragrance and dye. [$24, Sephora]

4. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder: Both Bobbi Brown’s makeup artistry and eponymous brand are known for their natural, just-you-but-better formulas and shades. All three shades of this matte bronzing powder are formulated with balanced red and brown tones that exist in a true tan to avoid the orange-y Oompa Loompa look altogether, no matter how much you pile on. [$38, Sephora]

5. Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder: Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and dermatologically-approved, you can’t go wrong with this tried-and-true glow-enhancing powder. It goes on sheer and builds easily, and the ultra-fine texture feels like a product three times its price. It even comes with a totally useable brush that fits in a compartment beneath the palette. [$14.99,]