A swipe of bronzer is the quickest way to warm up the skin and add a sun-kissed finish. A break from traditional powder formulas, these cream-based options keep skin looking hydrated and dewy without settling into fine lines—a must for sun-drenched summer days.
MERIT Bronze Balm ($30)
New from the minimalistic beauty brand is a second-skin, easy-to-apply bronzer stick to complete your no-makeup makeup look. Offering up just the right amount of pigment and believable cool-toned color, this is one to add to cart.
Whether drawn on like a Crayon or applied using a blush, this melts-right-in formula is available in eight shades and offers a creamy, natural bronze in seconds.
MILK Makeup Sculpt Stick ($24)
The petite shape of these matte, cool-toned sticks make for precise contouring; the smooth, hydrating formula ensures a seamless blend every time.
First came the brand’s iconic Laguna bronzer; next comes its creamy counterpart. While the original was a standalone shade, this easy-to-blend option is available in five hues to add a sun-kissed warmth to a range of skin tones.
A long-time makeup-kit mainstay for pros, this two-in one compact lets you sculpt and highlight with one product. Available in four shades, the flexible bronzer stretches to work with a range of skin tones and stays in place all day.
Aside from the creamy formula—you can use a brush or fingertips to blend—this easy-to-use stick offers a pointed applicator for precise application along the cheekbone and nose.
This “mistake proof” formula is a great option for anyone still intimidated by a cream bronzer. Infused with ingredients such as vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection and squalene for hydration—it’s also crafted with illuminating tourmaline and quartz—this one’s a solid 10.
Sweatproof and designed for a 16-hour wear, this hyaluronic acid–infused option won’t catch on any dry patches or tug on skin. Its larger pan size also makes buffing into the chest and body simple.
Not big on contour? This creamy formula—it’s pegged as a “tinted complexion balm”—is great for adding warmth and breezy dimension in seconds.
The sharp-edged, horizontal shape of this cream bronzer makes sculpting out cheekbones foolproof. Plus, the formula contains natural oils to avoid any hard-to-blend speed bumps.
A cult-classic for a reason, this buff-and-glow option delivers a true second-skin glow with an untraceable finish.
Clean and spiked with grapeseed oil for a juicy finish, this balm-meets-cream offering is available in four shades for a true-to-you glow.
This versatile formula—buff it onto your lids for a monochromatic look—is highly pigmented, long-wearing and comes in seven hues to enhance a range of skin tones.
Perfect for a quick contour, this creamy, six-shade formula is easily blendable—use the brush on the opposite side or your fingers—for a melts-right-in finish and zero harsh lines.
e.l.f. Putty Bronzer ($6)
This wallet-friendly option may be smaller than its palm-sized counterparts—it’s about the size of a quarter, making application a little tricky—but delivers a believable, buildable bronze to the skin just the same.