BRONZER VS. CONTOUR: Decoding the difference
Confession: Don’t we all get confused by how interchangeably the terms bronzers and contours are used. Far from the truth, they actually serve different purposes. Trust the makeup moolah makers or the beauty enthusiasts to impart some first world lessons to all of us, so that we achieve our notion of that flawless, off the Runway look.
And, you know what sometimes even the best of us may get a tad bit confused. With the evolvement of the beauty industry and the invention of gazillion products, it does become a bit hard to keep up, doesn’t it? Moreover, aren’t we constantly learning and growing in different walks of life? Quite common to be lumped together, you find people using bronzers to contour their faces and vice-versa. Due to similar techniques in terms of the usage of powders and creams, we find it imperative to break it to you guys- they are starkly different. If you’re guilty of indulging in the same, we’d advise you dearies to rethink your makeup application process, pronto! Hey, and don’t beat yourself about it-you’re alluring as is.
BACK TO THE BASICS
The most important aspect that we must remember is that both, bronzers and contours add depth to our faces. In what can be probably touted as a lengthy beauty regime, you apply the contour first, and then the bronzer. Read on to exactly understand why we should resist our temptations to chisel our cheekbones using a bronzer or achieve that perfectly glowing, sun-kissed skin with a contour powder. As an amateur, we may have conjured vague, mixed-up notions of dusting or smearing products to miraculously achieve a dimensional complexion. But just like life, it’s not as simple, you lassies!
Solely responsible for making Jessica Alba look like such a dream, exuding gorgeousness, Celebrity Dior Makeup Artist, Daniel Martin shed his expertise on this “big difference” in one of his interviews. “Contouring is about shaping and defining the structure of the face”, he explained, “While bronzing is about warming up the skin where the sun would naturally hit.” If the former gives our face dimension, structure and symmetry, the icing of the cake or rather the scintillating sun wash are provided by the bronzer. When blended well together, you shall definitely transform into a charming Diva!
Contouring creates shadows that typically have a greyish and a cool-hued tone. Well, well, isn’t it all about maintaining a balance? Bronzers, on the other hand, emit a warm, tangy tone. Just like a glorious revelation, you may now know why you may have turned orange (pun intended) if you used these products interchangeably. Apologies, but we’re secretly laughing at the thought of bronzing with a contour powder, for wouldn’t that leave us grey and horrifying, aka, making us quite the comical ghosts? LOLLL!
While the bronzer may give us the illuminating sparkle, we’d definitely recommend it toning it down with your contour. Alas, once applied step-by-step, never forget to blend it accurately, to give you the ideal effervescent radiance.
REVISTING OUR MAKEUP HACKS
Now, now! We’re all extremely aware of the aim of both the products. But, a quick revision or recap of the application process won’t hurt anyone, right? Depending on your skin type and facial tone, purchase the product that best suits your complexion. Whilst we are reiterating the order of using the products, we hope that you etch this regime in your minds forever. Time to conquer, ladies!
BUT, CONTOUR FIRST!
To start with, find the spots that you need to contour upon. These spots are more specific as compared to their bronzing counterparts since you’re opting to define the area to give yourself a sharper look. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t want to plainly sweep contour powder on your face in the hope of looking slimmer. Also, detracting a bit, embrace your cheeks and curves, ladies! Coming back, to create a natural aura, whereby you limit it to the spots where a shadow would occur otherwise. Apply the contour powder or cream on your temples, down either side of your nose, below your cheekbones, along your jawline, and in the dip beneath your bottom lip using a makeup blender. Next, blend, blend and blend it articulately to give it a professional finesse. Lastly, and the most unforgettable step, highlight your high points, you pretty belles! It really complements the contouring marvellously.
WANT ‘SOME SUNSHINE IN MY FACE!’
To achieve that flawless, porcelain or dusky emblazoned look, it’s so important to bronze your highlighted parts properly. Initiating the first step, it’s integral to understand that a bronzer, unlike a self-tanner isn’t meant to be applied everywhere. Using the sunlight zones as your referrals, your bronzing products should be focused on your forehead, cheekbones and jawlines- all the spots that make a sun-kissed ‘Grammable picture.
All you’ve got to do is use the “3” method that requires creating “3” shapes on either side of your face. With the help of a fluffy brush dipped into the bronzing powder, apply it in a similar shape along the main touch points mentioned above. While you’re working towards becoming a pro, never forget the cardinal rule of forgetting the neck, for it always has to match your face. Umm, ‘au natural’, remember? Adding a pop of colour, add some blush to complete with the flushed, cherry-like effect.
That’s it for today, you lovelies! Irrespective of your texture and skin-shade, we’d tell you to swear by Maybelline or L’oreal products, since they’re quite the veterans in this field. Otherwise, simply go to a virtual beauty haven of today’s times, such as Nykaa or Purpple.com and decide your best bet.
Signing off, we’d like to leave you with some sizzling sparkle. Doesn’t this majestic combination of using contour and bronzer powders teach us a lesson also used in our life dealings- ‘where there is darkness, there must also be light.’ At the risk of sounding corning, all we’d like to say is DAMN RIGHT!!