It’s my makeup bag essential and it might become yours too.

By Sarah Yang
Updated March 27, 2018
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Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Baked Bronzer

It all started with one of my coworkers saying, “Your skin looks amazing!” Then, friends would ask, “Did you do something different with your makeup? It looks so good.” And even my mom commented on my glowing skin (and didn’t comment on my dark under eye circles for once).

The secret to getting the compliments to roll in? A drugstore beauty product that doesn’t cost more than $10: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Baked Bronzer ($9; Yes, it’s as simple as that, and it makes me feel and look sunkissed and healthy even when I’m suffering from seasonal affective disorder during New York City winters.

I’ve always been scared of bronzers because I was clueless when it came to applying them. I did not want my face to look like it had been to Jamaica, while my neck looked like it spent the week in Antarctica. With the right brush—I use Sephora’s PRO Fan Blush ($28;—it’s so easy to control the amount of coverage when I apply the bronzer. It has just the right amount of shimmer so that I get a luminous glow, but not so much that it looks like I’m heading to a dance recital with caked-on glitter.

It’s part of my everyday makeup routine—I dust it on after I apply some concealer and mascara. And, I use it for my nighttime look, too, with just a little bit more coverage to get that extra glow. At under $10, I don’t mind stocking up on this beauty find, and I get a kick out of telling everyone about my secret cheap beauty buy. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think.