For a Warm, Sunny Glow All Year Round, I Tell My Friends to Buy This $5 Staple


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I know what you're thinking: Stick makeup immediately feels intimidating, right? It sometimes seems that only a makeup artist with the right brushes can build and blend a contour or bronzing stick to perfection. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not true. When you have the right stick, the world is your oyster.

Obviously, that doesn't take away from cream or powder formulas (which are equally great). But stick formulas glide on nicely and create a skin-like finish—it's any makeup minimalist's dream. Additionally, they're so versatile as many bronzer sticks can be used to contour, and contour sticks can create a matte look that still screams summer glow. Of course, I'm a makeup enthusiast and can't help but share all my picks. Keep reading for the bronzing sticks I'd recommend to friends. There's something for every budget, from drugstore heroes to higher-end favorites.


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1. Nudestix Nudies Glow Bronzer & Highlighter Stick

2. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour Skin Stick


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3. Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer Stick

4. Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick

5. Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick

6. Jouer Cosmetics Bloom, Bronze & Glow Bronzer & Highlighter Duo


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7. Uoma Beauty Double Take Sculpt & Strobe Stick

8. Focallure Highlighter & Bronzer Pen

9. Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick

10. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour


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11. Nyx Professional Makeup Wonder Stick Highlight & Contour

12. EM Cosmetics So Soft Multi Faceplay Bronze + Sculpt

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.