The easiest and most foolproof way to fake some color (even if you haven't seen sunlight in what feels like months) is by using a trusty bronzer.
Searching for the perfect bronzer? One that's just the right shade of brown, not too orange, and will give you a gorgeous, natural-looking glow is the dream. While it may sound too good to be true, we've scoured drugstore shelves and rounded up a handful that check all three of those boxes—and they're affordable. Who needs the Bahamas? (Well, we do, but these bronzers will hold us over for now.)
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer
As the name implies, this bronzer is infused with Murumuru, Tucuma and Cupuacu butter, and feels as creamy as the toast topping, too. Available in four shimmer-free shades, the formula can be used to achieve a believable glow on the high points of your face that would normally get kissed by the sun. Plus, it can also double as your contour shade.
e.l.f. Bronzer in Cool
One of the toughest parts about shopping for bronzer is choosing the right shade for you. Because they're all about warming up your complexion, bronzers often skew on the warm side (think: orange). To spare yourself from donning an oompa-loompa hue, e.l.f. offers a cool bronzer, which allows you to look sun-kissed, not Sunny D. The palette houses four shades, both matte and shimmer that you can swirl together for the perfect golden glow.
Milani Baked Bronzer
This may not be your everyday go-to, but for when you want a look that really wows, this baked bronzer is for you. You can see right in the formula that it is speckled with golden flecks, and when you brush it onto skin, it reflects light, delivering an otherworldly glow. The brand recommends you dust it on lightly, building if needed rather than going right in with a heavy hand.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Sunkissed Bronzer
If you prefer a more natural look that's achieved with skin-loving ingredients, call off your search. This quad offers a dermatologist-tested formula that taps vitamin C and botanicals to provide easy-to-wear, neutral golden shades. Swirl a fluffy kabuki brush to pick up just enough powder to sweep over your entire face for lit-from-within radiance.
L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer
Embossed with a wavy, almost braided-looking pattern, this compact bronzer resembles pricier versions you'd expect to find at a department store. Ringing in just under $12, though, it's a real steal. The shimmer formula is available in light, medium, and dark, and can be used on both your face and body.