As soon as June rolls around we all want to look tan—especially because most of us haven’t seen the sun since last August. But how do we go about getting this instant-bronze? Definitely not by burning without sunscreen or fake-n-baking at the tanning salon. So we decided to give you the hottest bronzers for summer, so you can get tan the pain-free way. Just make sure to use our key to help choose whether you want a deep tan, a bright glow or a natural look.

* = Tan
* = Glow
* = Natural
4 stars = highest


Benefit’s Hoola Bronzing Powder $26 **** **
Benefit’s Hoola bronzer does exactly what its name says. I felt like I was ready for a luau on a tropical island. It has a rich brown color, which I loved, but that means it’s pretty dark, so I don’t recommend putting it all over your face—just the key spots. The first time I applied it I used the provided brush (which is really cute), but it didn’t leave me with a natural blend. Try a powder brush instead. Overall, though, a great bronzer! Aloha!

Stila’s Sun Bronzing Powder $28 ** ** ***
Stila’s Sun Bronzing Powder SPF 15 comes in a cute compact and looks deceptively dark in the package. I liked that the bronzing powder had SPF in it, but the tint is minimal. I had a nice glow, but not like I had spent the week in Mexico. Rather, I looked like I had spent the day at the beach—wearing sunscreen.