Best for: Normal or combination skin types
Matte complexions were big news on the s/s 10 catwalks (Givenchy, Chloe and Todd Lynn) and make a nice sophisticated change to the usual high-shine summer skin. If you need to visualise this effect, look no further than Ginnifer Goodwin who gets her sheenless bronzer right every time.
This is the perfect look for summer days in the office or for anyone who wants to appear chic and pulled together regardless of the heat. When looking for a matte bronzer, match it to the shade you go in the sun. If you turn a golden colour, find a matte bronzer with more yellow undertones. If you go a deep colour, wear a bronzer with pink-red undertones. Jemma Kidd explains how to get this type of bronzer right; “Don’t apply powder bronzer onto moisturised or oily skin as the pigment sticks to the oils, making it hard to blend. Make sure your skin is dry or dust with fine translucent powder first.”
Not only are matte, powder bronzers grown-up - as Ginnifer is well aware - they are the best choice for contouring and shading too.
The sun has been teasing us with its hat recently, so while it’s not quite sunny enough for a full blown fake tan, we can definitely start flirting with bronzers. This summer anything goes, whether you prefer a sophisticated matte look; a pretty, I’ve-been-for-a-facial, dewy glow or a fun shimmer, there's a bronzer out there to suit your skin tone and preference. Here are ELLE's top picks, expert tips from Jemma Kidd and some celebrity inspiration too…