Cream contouring and bronzing has become the number one favorite step of my makeup routine. I love any excuse to add more bronze dimension to my face, and I’ve found some awesome products to do it. I apply it on my forehead around my hairline, sides of my nose, under cheekbones, and under my bottom lip.
Everything I will be mentioning here are from affordable brands. I don’t find myself wanting to buy all the recent high end contour launches such as KKW Beauty or Fenty Matchstix. The only high end cream bronzer I have been eyeing forever has been the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel but I just can’t justify buying it. I’d probably only use it for ultra special occasions and it would sit sadly in my drawer. With these I honestly do not need it. I’m in love with every single one of these cream bronzers.
Wet n’ Wild Megaglo Makeup Stick Where’s Walnut? / It’s just the right color to get a bronze look and blends out well without fully blending away. I love that it is a chubby stick that rolls up, so you only need one swipe per area. I’ve been really wanting to try the Wet n’ Wild Cushion Contour as well- their products have been extra amazing lately!
L’oreal True Match Crayon Concealer / This concealer is much lighter than the Wet n’ Wild shade, so I would consider the shade Medium/ Deep Neutral more of a cream bronzer for me. This shade is definitely the lightest out of the bunch. It’s so easy to get a good cream contour just by using base products that are a few shades darker than your skin tone like this concealer.
Colourpop Bronze Me / Colourpop got me hooked on cream bronzers in the first place. Besides being a nice sheer formula, the color of Bronze Me is a great neutral tone. Colourpop used to do a whole line of these and Sculpting Stix that were so good, but annoyingly right now only the Karreuche one is available.
My favorite way to blend out my cream contour is with a brush, but a sponge works too. I use the Real Techniques Stippling brush. If you’re new to cream contouring I recommend starting with it before going in with concealer. You may feel like you look muddy or uneven, but concealer cleans everything up. Don’t give up! The key to blending cream products is starting with moisturized skin. MAC Fix+ or any hydrating spray is great for adding a little moisture.
Lately I’ve been slacking on my skincare routine so this isn’t the case… But if my skin is being cooperative I can get away with skipping foundation and going straight from primer to cream contour and highlighting. After I’ve blended everything out I go in with setting powder, then brightening undereye powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, then setting spray. If you want to be more minimal while incorporating a cream bronzer step, stop after the setting powder. Just add a little blush/ highlight and you’re finished.