These Under-$20 Bronzers Will Give You A Summer Glow In Seconds

For those of us who don't have the luxury of letting our limbs fry poolside at the Hamptons all summer long (or simply don't want all that unnecessary sun exposure), bronzers are the next best thing. A generous dusting on the forehead, cheekbones, and bridge of nose can give you the fresh-off-the-beach glow of your dreams — even if you're the person who always hides in the shade. (Props to you.) What's more? You can do it on the cheap.

Ahead, our editors share their favorite drugstore bronzers. All under $20, they're a lot cheaper than a summer share — and all those future dermatologist visits.


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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer

"This bronzer — and its buttery texture — is the makeup equivalent to a stress ball. Even if the results weren't as sunny and glowy as they are, I'd want this bronzer for the sheer joy it brings me to tap my brush or finger into the bouncy formula." — Samantha Sasso, beauty writer

E.L.F. Cosmetics Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream

"Of all the cream bronzers I've tried, this is one of the best — which is impressive, considering that it's $4. The cream is super blendable, completely matte, and has a nice warm undertone that makes it look like the real thing. The salmon pink blush is the perfect complement for a fresh summery look." — Cat Quinn, beauty director
e.l.f. Cosmetics Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream, $4.00 Buy

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

"This bronzer works beautifully for warming up fair to medium skin tones without looking artificial. The color is a lovely, natural golden brown that's perfect for those who are afraid of bronzers that are too orangey. The formula blends easily and is waterproof, so it's great for those hot summer days." — Elisa Flowers, makeup artist
Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $5.79 Buy

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette

"Although this duo is technically a contour product, I use the deep shade as a matte bronzer all the time. The color isn't too warm and the formula itself is sheer and buildable, meaning it's almost impossible to apply too much." — Mi-Anne Chan, beauty host & producer
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette, $11.97 $4.99 Buy

Milani Cosmetics Bronzer XL

"During the summer, my fair skin tone changes a lot. This bronzer contains a lighter shade and a darker shade so I can can choose which color I want depending on whether or not I'm tan at the moment. If I'm in-between, I mix the shades together." — Megan Decker, beauty writer
Milani Cosmetics Bronzer XL, $9.99 Buy

Wet n Wild Mega Glo Makeup Stick Bronzer

"With one easy swipe and a few dabs of the finger, my cheekbones are ready to go. Its cream-to-powder formula makes it easy to blend and I feel like I have more control over my contour than I do with regular powders." - Thatiana Diaz, beauty writer
Wet n Wild Wet n Wild Mega Glo Makeup Stick Bronzer, $3.89 Buy

Milani Baked Bronzer

"Baked makeup may have peaked years ago, but I'm still a fan of marbled formulas that create a soft-focus glow without the muddy patches and streaks I find that most powder bronzers result in." — Sasso
Milani Baked Bronzer, $8.99 Buy
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