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Spring's Most Out-of-This-World Bronzers and Highlighters

The ‘70s were a time when everyone seemed to shine a bit brighter.

Now the decade of hedonism and high-waist pants is back, just in time for summer. If you were raised on a healthy dose of the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, as I was, this is a welcome return.

Get ready to trade the beauty markers of the nineties, such as dark lipstick, for a healthy-looking glow. Here are seven editor-approved bronzers and highlighters to help you catch the light, even after dark.


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Products, listed in clockwise order:

· Benefit Cosmetics' Watt's Up!, $30: An easy-to-use cream-to-powder formula that's flattering to most skin tones, this gives a soft glow without looking too overdone.

· MAC Cosmetics' Strobe Cream, $33: A workhorse that doubles as both a highlighter and a skincare product loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. The consistency is between a gel and a water, and effortlessly glides on skin, lending a slight iridescence.

· Bobbi Brown Shimmer Block in Nectar, $44: The shimmering component is really, really fine powder, so it's the closest you can get to glitter without looking like you're competing in a middle school cheer competition. It's buildable and doubles as blush.

· RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38: The all-natural formula, made with a base of coconut, beeswax, and castor seed oil, works on all skin tones to impart a youthful, healthy-looking effect.

· NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere, $5.50: Find this affordable option in just about any drugstore. This super-blendable stick is portable for touch-ups on the go and suits a wide variety of skin tones.

· NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, $30: There's a reason this is a cult favorite: The shimmery light-reflecting formula is like a high-beam for your face. The Copacabana shade in particular is densely pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

· Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in Shade 5, $62: Even though the formula is thin, it actually stays on your skin, helping you glow in an exceptionally natural-looking way. You only need a little for each application, so the pricey bottle lasts a long, long time.


All styling by Brittany Holloway-Brown

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