Bronzing has been in the mainstream make up scene for many years now but this is slowly changing in the recent years because a lot of makeup wearers are now confused between the two techniques.
It’s not surprising to see that so many people are confused. Both contouring and bronzing products are used in a strategic way as to darken the skin. However, contours, bronzer and highlighter are all used for different purposes in different ways.
What is contouring?
Contouring is that make up technique that can create the illusion of shadows on the skin so that it looks sculpted. It also restructures and defines the face. With good technique and precise application, you can achieve a killer cheekbone, flawless facial shape and a slimmer nose.
What should you look for in a contouring product?
A contouring product must look natural on your skin and must radiate a natural looking shadow so that the product looks completely matte and the shadows are always toned. Go for something that is beige or grey. Anything that has golden or orange undertones won’t look much like a natural shadow.
How do you apply a contour?
Where you apply the contour always depends on your face structure and shape. The areas where you apply darker contour shades are the areas you want people not give attention to. This can be your nose if you want to slim it. It can also be the hollowness of the cheeks, to highlight the cheekbones or your temples to make the forehead look narrower. You can pair your contour with highlighter to enhance the areas that you would like to bring attention to. Highlighter on the other hand is used to draw attention to the thinnest part of the lips, nose, eyes and cheek bones.
What is bronzing and how is it done?
You use a bronzer to get a sun kissed glow and if you want to enhance the tan of the skin. If you use a bronzer to darken the parts of skin without masking it, it can add a great deal of warmth. It is a great way to make skin look healthy and radiant.
How to pick up the perfect bronzer?
Bronzing products come in a variety of forms. It can be cream based, gel based, liquid based, and powder based. Some of the products are used all over the body and not just face. If you want some parts of your body to look sculpted, you can go for either a shimmery bronzer or a matte one. Go for a matte bronzer if you want a natural finish to your facial features. It can also warm up the skin tone. A shimmer-based bronzer for a radiant, sun kissed finish.
Bronzers are much warmer toned which is why you shouldn’t immediately go for them as contour options. A good matte bronzer might just look like a good shade of contour, but it is very likely that it might just warm the skin and not create the cool toned shadows that you are looking for. For best results look up the Pose collection, Lit collect and Manish Malhotra collection on MyGlamm.