Bronzers and illuminators for the party season

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Bronzers and illuminators aren’t just party make-up – did you know that the right shade can illuminate your complexion, draw attention to your best features and give you a healthy glow?

Bronzers can be worn on the face and body, and are particularly flattering when applied to the cheeks, forehead and décolletage. They work on all skin tones, but if you are too fair, they may leave your skin looking a bit “muddy.” Illuminators serve a similar purpose for fair skins (lighting up the skin and giving it a healthy glow), and for darker skins, it’s a great tool for contouring.

Finding the perfect bronzer or highlighter isn’t always easy, so we did a little round up of the ten products that are on our radar this festive season:


ck one Skin Illuminator in 100 Cool, R270
black|Up Sublime Powder in NPS 01, R475
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light to Medium, R249.95
essence Merry Berry Scented Gold Dust Powder, R67.50
black|Up Contouring Stick Dual Ended, R520
Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls in Deepest Bronze, R160
Glominerals Body Bronzer, R436
Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Alluring Rose, R119.95
Wet n Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink, R69.95
Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls, R229.95

What’s your favourite bronzing or highlighting product?

Other articles you may be interested in:
How to: Apply bronzer like a pro
Which is best: Bronzer or blusher?
Highlighters and illuminators
Blushers you’ll be coveting this spring
How to: Apply blusher

Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Siyanda Marrengane

    Illuminated or bronzed skin looks stunning. I would love to try ck one Skin Illuminator.

    3 years ago •

  1. Cassandra Da Silva

    I would love to know where I could get the Essence Merry Berry Scented Gold Dust Powder, I have never seen it!! If anyone could please help, it would be great!! I need to try it out!

    4 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Cassandra, this product was sold exclusively at Clicks, but as it came out for Christmas time, you may find that it is no longer available at most stores.

      4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    There is such a variety of colours that it makes a difficult call.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    The perfect glow is important. So important to choose wisely

    4 years ago •

  1. Sarah-Jane Van Heerden

    Physicians formula mineral glow pearls looks absolutely amazing will have to try this. I love a good glow!!! Thanks beauty South Africa.

    4 years ago •


    Which one would suit a light brown/tannish skin tone?

    4 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    The wet & wile illuminating powder looks amazing.. It def is made for all skin tones.

    4 years ago •

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