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Even if you’re walking around like a human burrito in a million jumpers, you can still have a golden glow. Yep, you can look like you’ve just got back from a tropical vacay even in the dead of winter. How? A sweep of bronzer is a game changer. We know, we know, bronzer can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Just find the right shade (we’ve got a guide right here – how handy?!) and you’ll never look back.

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So how do you find the right shade? It’s simple, people! Just look at your skin tone. The secret to having the glow of your dreams is right there. First, you need to consider your complexion…

Fair: Lighter shades with pink tones compliment pale skin
Olive: Warm, golden undertones will look amaze on your warm skin
Medium: A pop of peach will totally upgrade your bronzer
Dark: Deep, brassy bronzers are the ones for you

All about undertones

Got it? Good. Now it’s time to get deep. Real deep – we’re looking at our skin’s undertones. And no, you don’t have to be a scientist to do this. It’s actually pretty simple.

How to figure out undertones

Think about when you were last sipping cocktails by the pool. How did your tan get on? If you tanned like it’s your day job, you may have warm undertones. If you tried your hardest to tan but ended up burning and as pale as ever, you may have cool undertones. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you probs have neutral undertones.

If you haven’t seen the sun in forever, dw – we’ve got you. Think about your fave jewellery. Do you go for gold or silver? If you think golden jewellery suits you best, you probably have warm undertones. If silver if your vice, you probably have cool undertones. And if you’re one of those lucky colour chameleons, you probably have neutral undertones.

What do I do with this info?

Now you know your undertones, it’s time to choose a bronzer that’s gonna leave you golden.

Warm undertones: Aren’t you lucky? Pretty much all bronzers complement you. If you really want to dazzle, golden bronzers are your bff.

Cool undertones: If you have cool undertones, getting peachy with your bronzer is your secret weapon.

Neutral undertone: Finding the perf bronzer is tricky if you’ve got neutral undertones (boo). To avoid unnatural looking faux paus, swap your bronzer for a pressed powder. If you really want to get your bronze on, opt for pink tones.

Now you know all about bronzers, why don't you get your glow on?