What’s the Difference Between Contouring and Bronzing?

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If you’re an avid YouTube watcher or a beauty fan in general, you have heard the words bronzing and contouring more than enough to have made your head spin, but never fear we are here to demystify this topic! Bronzing and contouring are interrelated, however, they serve very different purposes. Contouring is an old theatre and

Contouring is an old theatre and drag makeup technique used to define/sculpt facial features. Theatre actors, drag queens, and even professional dancers such as ballerinas and ballroom dancers have been using this technique for years. It wasn’t until a few years ago that it started to gain popularity among mainstream beauty outlets, and boy are we glad it did!

So what’s the diff? Contouring is designed to chisel out facial features, making them look more sculpted and defined via the use of shadows, it’s all about precision with this guy! In contrast, bronzing is used to bring a sun-kissed glow to the skin, like you just got back from a nice tropical vacay!

Contouring can be used to chisel out cheek bones which is great if you don’t have well-defined cheek bones already! Think supermodel…..
Contouring can also make the forehead, nose, and jaw appear smaller. Think of all the Kardashians, their makeup artists are contouring fiends!
However, contouring isn’t just for shaving down features, you can also use it to make certain features appear bigger. For example, if you want to make your lower lip look bigger take a little of your bronzer/contouring powder and put it underneath, the shadow creates the illusion of a fuller lower lip!

Bronzing gives you that sun-kissed summer glow. The trick with this guy as with contouring is placement. Although bronzing is not as precise as contouring you want to make sure you still don’t slop it all over the place, otherwise it will look muddy, and that’s just not cute!
When bronzing, you want to make a 3 shape starting from your hairline, bringing it down to your temple/cheekbone, then down to slightly underneath your jaw. All the areas where the sun would naturally hit. Some people put a touch of bronzer down the bridge of their nose as well, but we prefer to have our beaming highlight there without bronzer underneath it (it can dull the highlight). At the end of the day, though, its all a matter of personal preference.

This was just a teaser everyone! Stay tuned for our next article in which we will detail how to actually contour, bronze, and highlight! We will give you step- by -step instructions as well as what products, and brushes to use!

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