Cream Bronzer is the Unsung Multitasking Hero of Your Makeup Bag

Cream bronzer is beloved among pro makeup artists because it blends seamlessly into skin, almost melting to become one with the complexion. But besides its ultra-simple application and the natural, skin-like dewy finish it creates, it’s also incredibly versatile: It can of course be used to, well, bronze, but, when applied strategically, it can also contour and sculpt the face, bring overall warmth to the chest, neck and shoulders or even serve as a neutral-toned eye shadow to build beautiful, subtle depth. What I’m really getting at here is that cream bronzer is truly the unsung hero of the makeup bag, and it’s time the product gets its due. 

With that in mind, here’re some of my (and cult) favourite cream bronzers and contour sticks, with something for every skin tone, finish preference and price point.  From sheer shimmers that illuminate skin, ultra-blendable mattes that create a natural effect and ingeniously designed sticks that can be swept beneath cheekbones or along the hairline with ease and precision. Look through the selection below to see them all. 

SAIE Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

Lys Beauty No Limits Cream Bronzer and Contour Stick

ELF Putty Bronzer

Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Sculpting Bronzer

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

Tower28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick

Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer Cream Bronzer

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer

FASHIONISTA

Sunflower

Model: Keanna
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Peaches, highlight in Doublegleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Brick, lipstick in Chili, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Freckle pen, Orange You Glad & Uh Huh Honey eyeshadow palettes
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Keanna’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Pinkies Up!

Model: Kaleigh
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Beaming Blush, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Subculture, lipstick in Thanks It’s MAC, & Give Me Sun bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel
  • ColourPop Ooh La La! & It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palettes
  • Sigma Beauty brushes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Kaleigh’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Peachy

Peachy, easy summer glam on gorgeous Alena!

Products:
– Dior Backstage primer, Diorshow mascara
– Chanel Les Beiges foundation
– NARS Radiant Creamy concealer
– KVD Vegan Beauty loose setting powder
– Make Up For Ever sculpting powder, Mist & Fix setting spray
– Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
– Milani Luminoso baked blush
– NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink liquid eyeliner, Wonder contour stick, Powder Contour Palette, Strobe of Genius highlighter palette, Suede nude lipliner
– Revolution Reloaded Neutrals 2 eyeshadow palette
– MAC Cosmetics Soft Ocre paintpot, Honeylove matte lipstick, Smoulder Eye Kohl eyeliner
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in Soft Brown
– Ardell Wispies lashes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Alena’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Buffy Brows

Beautiful Charlotte for a photo shoot!

Products:
ELF Cosmetics eyebrow pencil and Brow Wow gel
MAC Cosmetics Bronze bronzer, Peaches blush, Doublegleam highlighter, Honeylove lipstick
Juvia’s Place Warrior II eyeshadow palette.

(Disclaimer: I do have Charlotte’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Playin’

I had a great time playing with some golden tones and facial stickers on Katie for a photoshoot in the summer.

Product highlights:

– MAC Cosmetics Double-gleam highlighter
– Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
– Milani Luminoso blush
– Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette

(Disclaimer: I do have Katie’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)