Liquid Bronzers are Coming in Hot—Would You Try One?

Liquid Bronzers Are Coming In Hot. Would You Try One?(Source: Saks, Barneys, Sephora; Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer, $64; By Terry Tea to Tan Water Color Bronzer, $58; Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, $35)Move over, bronzing powder: There's a new way to achieve that golden, just-back-from-Montauk glow—and it comes in a bottle, not a compact. We're talking about liquid bronzers, and this summer, some of beauty's top names are offering them up for our fake-a-tan pleasure. 

Unlike traditional bronzers, the new liquid formulas offer sheer, buildable color that even the fairest of the fair can wear. (And unlike self-tanners, they wash off just like regular makeup). First things first though: How on earth do you apply this stuff? We admit we were at first confounded by the tinted potions—and worried we were headed straight for Streak City—but it turns out liquid bronzers aren't just versatile, they're virtually foolproof. 

Liquid Bronzers Are Coming In Hot. Would You Try One?(Source: Saks; Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer, $64)For a subtle, all-over hint of sun, mix a few drops into your moisturizer or foundation. Alternatively, you can dab a few dots directly onto your forehead, cheeks and chin, and blend with your fingertips. For more pronounced color, use a powder brush to sweep it along your cheekbones as you would a traditional bronzer. The makeup can be worn over or under your regular foundation. 

Our picks for the best sun-kissed solutions: Both Giorgio Armani's limited-edition Maestro Liquid Summer ($64) and By Terry's Water Color Bronzer  ($58) get rave reviews for their lightweight, glow-bestowing formulas. Meanwhile, Perricone MD's No Bronzer Bronzer ($35) gives the face a boost of flattering just-came-from-the-beach color and packs a punch of skin-brightening vitamin C ester. 

So, what do you think? Would you try one of these sun-in-a-bottle formulas?
Poll: Would You Try A Liquid Bronzer?
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  • Sure! Bring on the glow.
  • No thanks. I'll stick to my powder.