It’s kind of like a throwback to the bronzing options of my youth, when I used tanning gels by Bonne Bel and Clinique to get a safe bronze look. Self tanners weren’t an option. A bronzing gel is easy to apply, and if you mess up, just wipe it off and start over. No waiting a few hours to see blotchy spots you may have missed. Bronzers are easy to apply and easy to control, and are perfect for when you want a temporary glow.

I’m not talking about bronzing powders, though. I’m talking about liquid and cream bronzers. I have two favourites right now, and I’m seriously loving how easy a golden goddess look is with them!

Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun_Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer Gel_Guerlain Terracotta L'Eau Halee_review

From left: Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun, Givenchy Mister Radiance Healthy Glow Gel, Guerlain Terracotta L’Eau Halée

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun (15ml, $22 CAD) is a lovely light bronzing liquid gel with their soft honey frangrance. It is quite concentrated and little goes a long way. If you have very fair skin, you might want to dilute this in some lotion or serum before applying to your face. It is easy to adjust the amount of colour you want. It resists streaking, and won’t come off until you wash your face. Add a few drops to your foundation or BB cream for a little extra glow. Great product and value.

Givenchy Mister Radiance Healthy Glow Gel (30ml, $48 CAD) is a little different. It’s a clear gel with microspheres containing coloured pigments and skin friendly ingredients. The brown and light-gold microspheres contain pigments and pearls that give a hint of glowing colour; the dark-gold microspheres contain an antioxidant-active vitamin E derivative. I LOVE this product! I’ve never used anything like it, and my skin loves the look and feel of this one. Very easy to apply, so much so I’d say this one is fool proof. It has a very soft monoi-type fragrance but is not strong or intense….

This is an excerpt from the article Foolproof Bronzing: Tans You Can Wash Off which originally appeared on