7 Bronzing Sticks We Love For Summer

These days, bronzers come in many forms – creams, powders or, one of our personal favourites, easy-to-apply bronzing sticks. Offering fool-proof application and blendable colour, they’re a summer make-up essential. Here are the ones which get our vote…
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Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Curvy Contour, £21

Formulated to create the illusion of better glow and healthier-looking skin, this oil-free stick offers a long-wear finish in a universally flattering shade. Great for those with very fair skin who might be a little afraid of getting bronzer wrong, simply glide over bare skin or on top of foundation to add definition to the hollows of your cheeks, along the jawline and any other areas you want to warm up. The twist-up design makes it easy to use, too.

Available at LookFantastic.com

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick, £21

One of the biggest beauty launches of the last few years, there aren’t many products we don’t love from Rhianna’s Fenty line. This bronzing stick is no exception – and it must be said, the extensive shade range is second to none. We love ‘Mocha’ if you’re on the hunt for a suits-all bronze hue, while the subtle shimmer will add a healthy sheen to skin post-application. Even better, these sticks are designed to be multi-use – so you can use the lighter shades to conceal and highlight. 

Available at HarveyNichols.com

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick, £41

Don’t be misled by the name of this product – the shade ‘Bronze Flash’ is one of our favourites on this list. Cruelty free, it harnesses soft-focus technology to mimic that lit-from-within glow, while the innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend with your existing skin tone. Formulated with hollow microspheres for a weightless feel, the triangular bullet also allows for a more precise application. Use the lighter shades in the range to create the perfect highlight.

Available at JohnLewis.com

ILIA Beauty Ilia Illuminator, £33

One of the newest bronzing sticks to hit the market, we’ve fallen hard for the ‘Summertime’ shade from ILIA Beauty. Combining organic ingredients with the healing properties of rosehip oil, this promises to add dimension to your complexion and vitality to the skin. Great if you want that ‘dewy’ look with plenty of healthy radiance, the reddish undertones make it particularly suitable for darker skin tones. Plus, the formula is vegetarian and gluten free. 

Available at Naturismo.com

KIKO Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour, £6.99

If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with this. Available in two shades for lighter and darker skin tones, the matte formula is enriched with African walnut oil and soothing pistachio extract to ensure great coverage and excellent blendability. Application is easy and precise, while the stick’s practical shape allows you to define your features with a professional-looking result. Perfect for those wanting extra definition as well as added warmth and glow, it’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t block pores or cause unwanted breakouts.

Available at KIKOCosmetics.com

Milk Make Up Matte Bronzer, £16.50

Regular readers will know how much we love this velvety smooth formula, which also doubles up as a bronzer and contouring stick. Primed to offer beach-ready colour in a flash, the stick has been cleverly designed to make application a breeze – simply swipe under cheekbones, your jawline and collar bones for immediate definition, or blend over your face and body for an all-over glow. A true year-round staple – we can’t get enough of it.

Available from CultBeauty.co.uk

Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick, £44

If there’s a Rolls Royce of bronzing sticks, this is it. Part of esteemed make-up artist Gucci Westman’s exclusive line, the formula is full of clean, skin-loving ingredients which are designed to improve the look and feel of your skin over time. Meanwhile, the texture is unbelievable creamy, which helps it melt into skin seamlessly and gives the user more control over the final look. Use it to add shape and definition or just a subtle hint of colour for that ‘just-got-back-from-holiday’ glow. It’s no wonder the brand counts A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston among some of its biggest fans. 

Available from Selfridges.com

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