A natural, sun-kissed glow is a look we are always craving, and even more so when the weather starts heating up. But if you're like 80 per cent of the population and find yourself trapped within office walls on a glorious summer's day (we feel your pain), and make-up is your only option to fake that just-strolled-off-the-beach glow - a liquid bronzer is the next best thing. Seriously. While the trusty powder has got us through the pasty-slug of winter, the new season calls for a sexier, lighter, beach-esque revamp, and this little beauty is your answer. So why make the swap? Well since you've asked...

A liquid bronzer creates a fresh, dewy look (think Gigi Hadid in a bottle) that's designed to appear subtle, not exaggerated. Because of its formulation, it blends *way* easier than powder, and provides a seamless hint of colour to where the sun naturally hits your face (FYI that's under your cheekbones, tops of your eyelids, and the bridge of your nose). Whether you're aiming for just a hint of colour - it can be as sheer as a second skin. But if you like a more dramatic bronzed-look, it's completely buildable.  Here, we reveal five of our favourites.

1. NARS Liquid Laguna bronzer, $58, mecca.com.au 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer

 

 

The cult-followed classic has had a formula face-lift but still delivers the same universally flattering colour. Justt like the powder form, the bronzer has zero orange tones whatsoever and provides a natural, golden glow. 

2. Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer, $99, davidjones.com.au 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer

 

A little goes a long way with this luxurious bronzer - so you only need a single drop when applying. The ultra-light formula melts into the skin, providing a believable bronzed tan for even the palest of complexions. 

3. Chanel, Soleil Tan De Chanel, $69, davidjones.com.au 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer

 

So technically, it's a cream-gel product- but it's so god damn good we had to include it. The velvet-like texture blends seamlessly into the skin and can even be worn as a foundation base for all-over radiance. 

4. Perricone MD No bronzer bronzer, $50, mecca.com.au 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer

 

 

Formulated with vitamin C ester, this bronzer-serum hybrid is a skin enthusiasts' dream. It mimics the appearance of healthy skin pigment, so you end up with a flattering warm look, whilst protecting your face from the sun with the added mineral SPF (major bonus). 

5. Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola, $49, benefitcosmetics.com.au 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer

 

For all the shimmer haters out there - make this your go-to. The dew the hoola bronzer provides a sheer, chestnut-brown tan that dries in a semi-matte finish and is *completely* glitter-free. 

Why you should be wearing liquid bronzer this summer