Finding a decent bronzer when you've got pale skin can be a bit like finding low-fat cake that tastes nice - it ain't easy! So I've been putting a lot to the test over the past few months to pick out the ones that will leave you looking sun-kissed without that horrible orange effect. As always, it's best to start light and build up the colour as you go - grab a big fluffy brush and glow, glow, glow.
Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Ross and Rachel* - ok, this bronzer would be in here whatever as it's amazing, but the shade name wins it serious extra brownie points from me as a mega Friends fan (there's also a 'Carrie & Big' shade that's a bit darker). This comes with a very cute built-in blusher which can be used alone, or together with the bronzer. The bronzer itself has a very slight shimmer which isn't particularly obvious, and it's a great shade to add all over colour where you'd usually catch the sun (or in my case, where you would like to!). £28
Maybelline Master Sculpt* - if you're after a budget contouring option, this new launch from Maybelline is a definite must-have. It features a matte contour shade which looks incredibly natural on pale skin, plus a smaller highlighter which has a slight shimmer. I love the fact this is an all in one palette (it even has a little brush included that's hidden under the compact) so it's great for keeping in your makeup bag. The contour shade is warm, but not orange and could be used for all over warmth if you're after something non-shimmery. There are 2 shades available - the light one is great for pale skins. £6.99
Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer* - Too Faced are coming up trumps in the bronzer stakes at the moment, especially when it comes to options for pale skin tones! Pink Leopard is possibly the prettiest bronzer I've seen and the leopard print patterns almost sells the product on look alone. This is a shimmery bronzer, so isn't one for contouring, but it provides a lovely warm glow when dusted across the skin. It's the perfect summer glow, without being too obvious. £25
NYX matte bronzer - this has been a longtime favourite of mine as the lightest shade is the perfect contour shade for lighter skin tones. It's totally matte, and the powder formula allow you to build up coverage to the desired pigmentation. NYX can be a bit tricky to track down, but it trust me that this will be worth the effort! £8
Physician's Formula New York Bronzer - I've thrown in a cheeky US brand here as this bronzer from Physician's Formula is just so good! It's quite cool-toned, making a great contour shade and is really buildable, so a great option to start with if you're a bit of a bronzer newbie. It comes with a built in SPF30 and promises anti-dullness and anti-ageing benefits. It's not readily available in the UK, but you can sometimes find PF in TK Maxx if you keep your eyes peeled. $14.95
Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion* - MUFE has only just launched in the UK (thank you Debenhams!) but their new Pro Bronze Fusion has quickly become a makeup must have for me. The lightest shade, Honey, gives pale skin a beautiful natural colour and can be used all over for a natural glow or in the hollows of the cheekbones as a great contour shade. It's water resistant, so lasts absolutely forever on the skin and doesn't look at all powdery - it just gives a really natural finish. There are six shades in total, so there's a great choice, whatever your skin tone. £28
What's your favourite bronzer?