Let’s Contour: The Wondrous Benefits of Bronzer
Hey there, makeup enthusiasts! Are you ready to perfect that contoured look you’ve been admiring on Instagram? Well, you’re in luck because I have some expert advice on the wondrous benefits of using bronzer for contouring!
First off, let me define contouring for those who are new to the makeup game. Contouring is the process of enhancing specific features of your face, such as your cheekbones, jawline, and nose, by using shadows and highlights to create depth and dimension.
Now, why use bronzer specifically for contouring? Well, bronzer is typically warm-toned, which mimics the natural shadows that would be created by the sun on your face. It’s also buildable and blendable, making it easy to achieve the perfect amount of shadow on your face without looking too harsh.
So, are you ready to become a contouring pro? Let’s dive into what you need before you begin.
Gear up Before You Start
Before we get going with the bronzer, let’s take a look at what we need for contouring. Knowing what tools and products to have on hand is essential to make the process go smoothly.
The first thing you’ll need to consider is what type of bronzer you want to use. You can choose from powder, cream, or liquid bronzer. You may want to experiment with each type to see which one works best for you. Whatever type of bronzer you choose, make sure it is no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
In addition to bronzer, you’ll need a few tools to get started. The most important tool is a good quality angled brush. Your brush should be soft and provide just enough resistance to help you blend the bronzer properly. Once you have the brush, you might also want to have a sponge, a buffing brush, and a fluffy brush on standby. You’ll also need a mirror with good lighting to see what you’re doing.
Contour Like a Pro: How to Apply Bronzer
Well, it’s time to get down to business – literally! Before applying bronzer, you need to prepare your face to ensure it blends seamlessly. Start by cleansing your face and applying your daily moisturizer. Then, add primer to create a smooth canvas for your bronzer.
Next, gather your tools and bronzer. So, what kind of bronzer should you use? Choose one that’s two shades darker than your skin tone, but still in the same undertone family. My go-to brand is NARS – they have a phenomenal range of colors to match every skin tone. A fan brush or an angled brush works best for contouring – depending on your preference.
When it comes to application, less is more! You can always add more, but it is much harder to remove once it is on. Dip your brush into the bronzer and tap off any excess. Then, begin at your hairline, working your way down to your temples. Suck in your cheeks to find the hollows, and lightly blend the bronzer along the line with a gentle back-and-forth motion.
Finally, finish with a light dusting of bronzer on your forehead and jawline – blending thoroughly for a natural, sun-kissed glow. And, if you’re feeling daring, swipe some bronzer along the bridge of your nose to add definition.
Need more guidance? Head over to Winks Eyelash Boutique for further advice on matching your bronzer and contour.
Tips and Tricks: Contouring like a Pro!
Now that you’ve got the basics of contouring down, it’s time to take your skills to the next level. Here are some tips and tricks that will take your look from good to great:
How to Avoid Over-Contouring
One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is applying too much bronzer. To avoid looking like you’ve drawn on your face, try starting with a light hand and building up gradually. Remember to blend, blend, blend! If you’re unsure about how much is too much, use natural lighting to check your work.
Enhancing Your Look with Highlighting
Contouring doesn’t have to be all about bronzer. Highlighter can also be used to add dimension to your face. Apply a shimmery powder or cream to the areas of your face that naturally catch the light, such as the tops of your cheekbones, the brow bone, and the bridge of your nose.
Pro tip: When choosing a highlighter, opt for a shade that works with your skin tone. If you have a fair complexion, go for a lighter shade; if you have a deeper skin tone, choose a deeper shade.
Choosing the Right Bronzer
When it comes to selecting a bronzer, make sure to choose one that complements your natural skin tone. A bronzer that is too orange or too dark can look unnatural. For fair skin, choose a light to medium shade with a cool undertone. For medium to dark skin, opt for a warm, medium to deep shade.
Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of bronzer to suit your skin tone. You can also experiment with different formulas, such as powders or creams, to find what works best for you.
Using the Right Tools
Investing in the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a flawless contour. For bronzer application, opt for a fluffy brush with a tapered shape. The tapered shape will help you apply bronzer precisely, while the fluffy bristles will help you blend it seamlessly.
Pro tip: When applying bronzer, don’t forget to blend it down your neck and onto your décolletage for a seamless look.
With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re sure to be contouring like a pro in no time!
That’s a Wrap!
Well, folks, we’ve reached the end of our bronzing and contouring journey. I hope you’re feeling confident, radiant, and ready to take on the world with your new sculpted look. Remember, contouring and bronzing can be tricky at first, but with the right tools, techniques, and practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.
Always start with a light hand and build up to your desired level of intensity. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shades and finishes, and always remember to blend, blend, blend. Keep in mind that contouring is a personal preference and should be approached with an open mind.
Finally, remember to enhance your beautiful features, not change and hide. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and contouring is just one way to celebrate your unique features. With that said, have fun, be confident, and go slay that contoured look!