Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was fabulous and here we are starting another week. Father’s Day is coming up and will be here in a week! Have you thought about gift ideas? I am currently looking Barry a few things from the kids and Brooklyn, it seems it’s always hard buying for him for some reason.
I was putting my makeup on last week and Brooklyn was sitting in the bathroom watching me and was asking questions and playing with my brushes. When I was applying my bronzer, she asked, “What’s that grandma?” I told her I was giving me some sunshine! She looked very perplexed and said, “Well, we can go to the beach. There’s sunshine there.” LOL! (inside note – it’s been raining all weekend here) But her questions inspired this post. Contouring or Bronzer? Bronzer is my pick of these two. I’m older and don’t want heavy makeup on my skin, too much blending for me with contour (I’m looking quick and easy). Bronzer is a few strokes and I’m done! I do use contouring if we are taking pictures, but for a daily look, I stick with a little bronzer.
What is contouring?
Contouring is a makeup application strategy where deeper and lighter shades are applied to specific areas of the face; this is done to shade and define certain features, such as the nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks. It calls for the use of matte powders, creams, or pencils that are roughly two shades darker than one’s actual skin tone in order to reshape the face, creating higher cheekbones, slimmer noses, and sleeker jawlines.
Contouring used to be a secret weapon reserved by beauty gurus used at photo shoots; now, contouring has infiltrated the social media and YouTube scene, inspiring ordinary enthusiasts to give it a go – with more or less success. When contouring is done wrong (for example, say, with a bronzer) it can look disastrous. Contouring creates shadows, taking away light to lend a hollowed appearance.
Too much, and you can look gaunt or as though you were knocking on death’s door. Alternatively, bronzers are used to shape the face and break up the monotony of a plain foundation. It adds dimension by framing the face, bringing its various features to the center. The eyes, nose, cheeks, and lips become the center of attention. It adds a healthy dose of color to the complexion, making the face appear vivacious and radiant.
Perfect Bronzer #1 takes the guess work out and looks great on any skin tone.
Both contouring and bronzing your face are great skills to have and everyone should know when and how to use them. There can be confusion, because quite often people use a bronzer to contour with, and this is totally acceptable as long as you are using the correct shade. If you aren’t sure, then it’s a good idea to stick with a product marketed specifically for contouring because this will have the appropriate undertones.
If you’re wanting to give yourself a little color then stick with a bronzer. It’s simple to use and a little goes a long way!
Bronzer Techniques 101
Reach for a bronzer when you want to look like you just came home from a fabulous tropical vacation (but without the sun damage). It’s fine to use something with shimmer, but think light-reflecting glow and not chunky sparkle). When you do pick your shade think of a color you would naturally tan. You want the look to be realistic. Pe
The application method is much the same as the Contouring in that you will dip the brush in powder (I always use the Classified Contour Brush for this) and then tap off the excess. (If you are using brushes for any powder for your face or eyes – ALWAYS tap your brush and knock off the excess). Start with your forehead first and then add powder to your cheekbones, chin, and nose, blending as you go. Try to be very light handed because sometimes if you have made any mistakes or haven’t properly blended it might not be noticeable in your bathroom mirror, it will be more obvious in daylight.
Personal Story of a Bronzer Fail
When bronzer first came out, I was in Belk and a lady at the makeup counter wanted to try this on me. I let her, but to make a long story short, when I got in the car and looked in the rearview mirror, I looked like a clown. I had to grab napkins and wipe off huge amounts of “orangy looking stuff”, it was a mess! I have always been very careful in picking out a bronzer since then and my favorite is the Perfect Bronzer by LL. So remember this, brush lightly – just enough to lightly kiss your skin or you may end up looking like I did that day. Thank God I checked the mirror before I went back to the office – I would have been so embarrassed! LOL!!
What about skin tones and undertones?
- Bronzers for cool undertones: For skin with cooler, pinker, or beige-based undertones, opt for a peachy or cool-toned bronzer with a taupe finish.
- Bronzers for neutral undertones: Most bronzers will look great on those with neutral undertones – even a little bit of red in the product won’t hurt.
- Bronzers for warm undertones: If you have warm-toned skin, definitely stick with golden hues, as many bronzers can look too orange otherwise.
Once you know which undertone your skin has, and which tone to look for in a bronzer, you can begin looking at different shades:
- Bronzers for fair skin tones: Go for warm shades of beige and honey to town down the natural pink tint of alabaster skin. Find a shimmer bronzer in your shade, as they work particularly well to give a believable summer glow to those with light or fair skin.
- Bronzers for medium/olive skin tones: If your skin is naturally tan, find neutral shades of amber and gold to even out the complexion and add a youthful radiance. Matte bronzers work best for medium or olive skin tones because they enhance the skin’s natural warmth without overpowering a complexion with shimmer.
- Bronzers for dark skin tones: Sheer bronzers are especially great for those with very dark skin, because they allow for added warmth without necessarily adding distinct color.
Warm up your complexion – whether it’s hot or cold outside – by following these tips on how to get glowing skin with bronzing powder. If you play to your skin type and skin tone, you’re sure to find the perfect bronzer with a luminous finish.
Whether you are contouring and highlighting or bronzing…or even doing a little of it all; don’t be afraid to experiment. You don’t have to get it right the first time. Just do your best and in time, you will become a pro at it. And remember – start out small with just a small amount on your brush. Less is more when starting out! Let’s see what color of bronzers we need now!
I have been thinking about putting more videos up on YouTube, so if makeup application is something you would like to see, drop a comment below and I will start producing some!
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