Mastering Makeup: Contouring Versus Bronzing


| LAST UPDATE 02/26/2023

By Alyssa Williams
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Are you ready to elevate your makeup game? If so, it's time to learn the difference between contouring and bronzing. These two products may look similar at first glance, but they serve different purposes. Allow us to break it down for you.

Contouring is all about shaping and defining the structure of your face. It creates dimension and symmetry that can take your look from basic to bold. For a natural finish, choose a matte contour product like the Makeup By Mario Softsculpt Shaping Stick, a 2022 Best of Beauty Award winner. Its built-in blending brush makes it easy to apply on-the-go. But don't worry if you prefer a different format - there are plenty of options out there. To choose the right shade for your skin tone, go at least two shades darker than your natural color. Apply it strategically under your cheekbones, in the creases of your eyes, under the jawline, and along the sides of your nose. Blend well with a sponge or brush to avoid harsh lines. Then use a matte concealer to highlight areas you want to bring forward.

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Bronzing, on the other hand, is all about adding warmth and glow where the sun would naturally hit your face. A bit of shimmer can help achieve this effect without making you look like a disco ball (unless that's what you're going for). Try Make Skin Mimetic Microsuede Bronzer for its minimal shimmer and super-smooth texture that make it ideal for bronzing. When choosing a bronzer shade, go just one or two shades darker than your skin tone for a natural result. Dust lightly across the highest points of your face: top of cheekbones, forehead, and down the bridge of your nose. You can also sweep it across your eyelids for an easy monochromatic look. If you have fair skin or light to medium complexions, avoid bronzers that appear overly orange or red-toned in the package as they will come across more intense when applied on skin. Instead, opt for neutral undertones for believable glow possible results.

So, to sum up: contouring adds depth and drama, whereas bronzing adds warmth and glow, where the sun naturally hits on face, therefore both are essential makeup techniques that should be incorporated into daily beauty routines carefully by selecting appropriate shades based on individual skin tones so as to achieve best results possible!

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