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The Best Cream Bronzers For That Natural Sun-Kissed Bronzed Look

Powder bronzers can get messy and tough to work with, so cream bronzers are a fuss-free option.

This article first appeared in Her World.

Picture this: You have your foundation on, a rosy blush on your cheeks, brows drawn in… and yet, there’s still something missing. If by any chance you’re thinking that your face looks a little too flat, you might be missing bronzer.

Here’s the deal with bronzers. It’s easy to go overboard with it with a slip of hand, and you end up looking muddy with patches of brown on the sides of your face. Powder bronzers especially, are particularly unforgiving since it’s virtually impossible to “erase” your mistakes once you buff it in.

Which is why we choose to go with cream bronzers. Why? For an everyday natural bronze, the cream bronzer can be applied beneath foundation (here’s a tip from us to you!) so that the colour peeks through subtly – like you have naturally chiselled cheekbones. Plus, cream bronzers aren’t going to cake up your face as you pile on the powder products – simply set it all with translucent powder and you’re good to go.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick, $37
The Fenty Match Stix truly lives up to their claim of being makeup that’s “light as air”. Hardly any effort is needed to perfectly blend the product out on the skin for a subtle sculpt to the cheekbones. By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick, $68
A two-in-one product that combines a shimmery bronzer and highlighter for a lightly sculpted look. Before you jump at the phrase “shimmery bronzer”, don’t worry – the shimmer is actually made of light-correcting microspheres that enhances your features as light hits it. Laura Mercier Sunset Bronzing Crayon, $32
The silky formula of this bronzer has hints of pearlescence for that natural sun-kissed glow that’s not too harsh. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator, $63
Blend out the matte bronzer first for a healthy tan, and then use the shimmer end to lightly tap on the bronze for a natural glow. Else, keep the bronze matte, and use the shimmer as a gold highlighter on the cheekbones. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Cream-to-Powder Contour Stick, $49
Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola Bronzer has been a Holy Grail product for many. But as the name of its cream counterpart suggests – if you’re looking for a quick and easy bronze/contour, your best bet will be the Hoola Quickie contour stick. The soft bronze colour works best on fair to medium skin tones. Zoeva Cream Contour Spectrum Palette, $40
These lightweight creams blend out seamlessly on the skin for a natural looking bronze. The accompanying highlights come in a pearl finish for subtle shimmer on the high points of the face. They are also enriched with Vitamin E to encourage a glow from within, too. Innisfree Smart Drawing Contouring, $12.50
Korean beauty is all about enhancing facial features in the most natural way possible, so you can expect the same concept to apply to their products’ technologies too. These cream contours can also double up as bronzers too because of how natural-looking they are when blended into your foundation. Product sets down to a satin finish so it’s not going to look too harsh.