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In a magical world where you can instantly glisten at the swipe of a brush—not a minute spent in the sun, necessary—one of two outcomes can occur. 1) You successfully achieve that covetable day-at-the-beach glow—a totally desirable, healthy-looking, shimmery effect. Or 2) Things take a turn for the sparkly and you end up looking like Edward Cullen on a two-week vacay in Rio. Not okay.
To make sure you never fall victim to the pixie dust faux glow, we rounded up three of our favorite new shimmery (but never glittery!) compact bronzers from Sephora's latest shipments. Go on and glow forth!
Best for fair skin tones: Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer, $30
If your idea of a gorgeous summer glow is neon nail polish, this long-lasting (16 hours!) subtle shimmer-infused powder was made for you. After prepping your skin, swirl a bronzer brush along the compact's surface, tap off the excess—celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal insists you do this step so as not to over-deposit!—and lightly dust the hollows of your cheekbones and cupid's bow to make your features pop.
Best for medium/olive skin tones: Kat Von D Everlasting Bronzer in "Shady Business II," $25
This smooth, velvety bronzer blends effortlessly (no weird streaks!) and layers perfectly for controlled, buildable coverage—meaning you can use it year-round for contouring, too!
Best for all skin tones: Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder, $75
Available in four new coordinating palettes ranging from barely sunkissed to a deep Terracota glow, there's no doubt you'll get your money's worth with this beauty editor favorite. Mix and match and blend the four custom colors to get the exact look you desire.
Tell us, what bronzer do you swear by? We're dying to know! Share your top picks in the comments, below.