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Everything You Want To Know About Bronzers And Contours

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There is no one way to do makeup. But when you find yourself stuck and googling questions like - what is the difference between bronzer and contour, that is where we come in. And we get it, both these products are a few shades darker than your skin tone, both are available in the same formulations and add some dimension to your face. So, it’s natural to wonder - what goes where? Can you interchange them? Do you really need both? We’ve decoded everything for you below, scroll away!

The Difference Between Bronzer And Contour

Bronzer vs contour

Okay, the first difference is that a bronzer is meant to add warmth to your face. It replicates the kind of sun-kissed glow that you get post a relaxing beach vacay. On the other hand, a contour will give you a chiseled, sculpted look, where you can go as subtle or as dramatic as you want (think Kim Kardashian level cheekbones)

Their formulations

Talking about the sun-kissed glow, bronzers have a subtle sheen and warmer tones that offer instant radiance. The end result? A subtle golden-toned glow. Ideally, contours should have a neutral or cool-tone that flatters your skin tone. They let you play with light and shadow to create an illusion of a sculpted look. Certain parts of your face will look darker, even where light hits it. And contouring amplifies these parts, which usually gets washed out with foundation.

Where should you apply it

The placement makes a world of a difference. Bronzers are meant to look like second skin, and as a thumb rule, should be applied in places where the sun hits the face – just swirl your brush into the bronzer and buff it over cheekbones, jawline, forehead and bridge of your nose.

Since contouring is all about adding definition and sculpting the face, they are applied to very specific areas. First, you begin by pin-pointing the parts of your face that need more definition. For most people this can be the hollows of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, hairline and jawline. You can use a contour brush for target application and blend out the harsh lines in small strokes to get a seamless look.

bronzer brush - MARS Artist Arsenal Brush To Apply Makeup - Bronzer Brush

MARS Artist Arsenal Brush To Apply Makeup

contour brush - Miss Claire M2 - Contour Brush - Rose Gold

Miss Claire M2 -
Contour Brush

How to layer them together

Now that you know the difference between the two of them, it’s time to know how to layer them for a sun-kissed and sculpted look! Using them together is going to land you a dreamy look that is near perfection, the only trick is how to layer them. First, begin with the contour and blend it out. Once you’re satisfied with the results, use a fluffy brush to sweep the bronzer over the high points of your face. Tada! There you have it —- a glowy, chiseled makeup look!

What to keep in mind while you shop for them

Picking the right bronzer and contour is just like picking your foundation shade. You need one that complements your skin tone — neither too light nor dark. Ideally, both of them should be 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone.

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natural bronzer - Rimmel London Natural Bronzer - Sunlight

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer

powder bronzer - Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer - 1 Fair

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

best bronzer - SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Bronzer - 02 Woody Wonder (Warm Brown)

SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Bronzer


contour stick - Kay Beauty Contour Stick - Caramel Focus

Kay Beauty
Contour Stick

best contour stick - Insight Cosmetics Duo Stick Conceal Contour + Highlighter - 01 Caramel

Insight Cosmetics Duo Stick Conceal Contour + Highlighter

contour for beginners - NYX Professional Makeup Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette - 3CP02 Medium/Moyen

NYX Professional Makeup Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette

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