Dior Nude TanNot all of us have the time or the means to hit the slopes this year, let alone rent a bungalow in Mexico or Thailand for a week of rest and relaxation.

So what to do when all your friends and colleagues return from their holidays with a perfect tan and you walk around the office looking like a ghost?

Dig deep in your pockets and run to the beauty counter to pick up a bronzing powder that offers the most beautiful and natural faux-tan there is – the matte.

Here are some suggestions for makeup that creates a gorgeous fresh-from-the-slopes bronze with minimal effort.

Dior Nude Tan
One of the first to offer a matte – not shimmery or sparkly – bronzer, Dior is the master of faux-tan. The new Nude Tan promises to give you a natural and radiant tan and it really does. Maybe it’s the translucent mineral prisms that do it, or the active mineralised water enriched with sweet orange extract to boost microcirculation, but this looks natural on all skin types, even dry. Launching this spring.

Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons
Four shades of tan packed into one bronzer. Ideal for customising your tan by combining, mixing and layering. Enriched with gold to add radiance to your skin, but this is still a matte powder. Available in two harmonies: 01 Blondes and 02 Brunettes.

Essence Matte Bronzing Powder
It’s hard for a budget brand to compete with the big bucks, but Essence is certainly having a go at it. The Matte Bronzing Powder gives you an even tan that stays on for hours and doesn’t irritate skin. © Cover Media