There are only a few universal beauty truths, and right now our favorite is this: Everyone looks sexier with a tan. Everyone. Yes, Black women are already brown—but a glowy, sun-kissed sheen does adds instant radiance to our complexion, and makes bare legs and arms look Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue-worthy. All it takes is a few well-placed applications of tan-enhancing makeup products! From powder bronzers to sunny nail polish, here are our favorite bronze goddess products.
Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer ($8) comes in three shades—Ebony Bronze, Light Bronze and Brown Bronze—that work on the entire spectrum of brown skin. Apply over cheekbones and the outer perimeter of the face for a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow.
Pop Beauty Lid Bronzer ($22) comes with six, perfect-on-brown-skin eyeshadow shades, including the sheerest champagne (perfect on browbones and inner corners) and a deep, rich bronze (try it on the crease).
Jada Pinkett Smith flaunts a head-to-toe, bronze goddess glow on the street in Manhattan. White always helps enhance a great tan!
Apply Michael Kors Leg Shine ($32) over legs, arms and cleavage for a subtle, sheer gleam. The best part? It’s infused with the “Michael” fragrance, a heady, mysterious mix of freesia, tuberose and musk.
Show off your sun-kissed color with a beachy-golden mani/pedi. Nars Nail Polish in Versaille ($16) is a gorgeous, neutral metallic that instantly gives fingers and toes a summer-sexy finish.
With her bronzey makeup and sheeny skin, Gabrielle Union sports a natural-looking, sun-lit glow.
Add a subtle hint of sparkle and soft hold with Frederic Fekkai Golden Shimmer Gelee Mist ($10). The non-sticky spray contains golden micro-diamond particles that leave your hair looking luminous all day.
Bobbi Brown Lip Shimmer in Golden Nectar ($20) is infused with aloe vera and vitamin E to give the smoothest, most moisturizing finish.