Unfortunately the damp British weather, increasingly hectic lifestyles and rising travel costs pushes that fortnight jaunt to warmer climes further away, leaving us with no choice but to improvise.
Whip out the gazebo and a garden heater, mix up a mojito and try the following top bronzers for a thoroughly improvised sun-kissed glow this summer.
1. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick
We love this bronzer for its versatility. You can either sweep a big blending brush around all five bars of colour and dust lightly across your cheekbones, or you can use a smaller brush to choose one colour as an eye-shadow. You can even use the lightest shade as a highlighter by applying it just beneath the brow bone with your fingertips. This super versatile product from Bobbi Brown has multiple awards under its belt, including Best Bronzer at the SHE Beauty Awards 2011.
Grab yours for £32 at Bobbi Brown.
2. Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact
We love this bronzer for the overall packaging – the Egyptian-style hieroglyphic imprints make it look more like a prop from an Indiana Jones movie than a Clarins compact. Gorgeous sandy tones with a satiny sheen will transform you into Queen Nefertiti in no time. At 0.70 oz, this is a compact of epic proportions, as most blushers tend to be around 0.20 oz. With so much bronzing powder, you’ll be sporting a fresh, sunny glow for the foreseeable future.
Buy yours for £30 at Clarins.
3. Diorskin Nude
We love this bronzer for its natural look. If you’re going to fake tan, fake tan the Dior way. The light powder adjusts to your skin tone for a really natural looking tan that can be worn all year round without raising suspicions. The pressed powder comes in a beautiful quilted metallic compact, accompanied by a practical mini-brush for on the move top-ups. You can choose from six different shades depending on the time of year and your natural skin tone.
Get yours for £40 at Dior.