Sculpt & Glow: The Difference Between Bronzer & Contour Products


Are you confused about the difference between bronzer and contour? Do you kind of think it is the same product but with different names? Well, let me set the record straight. Both bronzer and contour are completely different products and they have different functions in a makeup routine. Read on to find out all about them.


What Is Bronzer? 

Bronzers are used to give the skin a sun-kissed look. They come in both matte and shimmer formulas and they instantly add warmth to the complexion.



This dual bronzer is one of my favourites. It gives a sunkissed look with ease and the formula is super silky and blends like a dream. The product contains two shades of bronzer: cinnamon is a warm brown bronzer and terracotta is an orangish brown bronzer.



What Is Contour?



Contour products are meant to add shadows in certain areas of the face to give a more sculpted look. Contour is used to make the bone structure look more lifted and sculpted. I like using contour to make my nose look slim and defined.



This contour kit is actually a face palette that is super travel-friendly. The contour shade in this palette has a silky formula that is pigmented and blends well. The blush shade suits all skin tones and the highlighter is perfect for adding glow to the high points of the face.



Difference Between Contour And Bronzer?



Used to give skin a sun-kissed effect and to add warmth to a makeup look.

Used to sculpt the face and created a chiselled effect.

Comes in matte and shimmer formulas.

Has only matte formulas.

The shades of bronzer are warm toned.

The shades of contour are cool toned and darker than one's natural skin tone.

Needs to be applied to the areas of the face that the sun naturally hits such as cheekbones, cheeks, nose, and temples.

Needs to be applied beneath the cheekbones, jawline, in the crease of the lids, and around the nose.

Where To Apply Bronzer?

Bronzer looks great when applied to the areas where the sun would naturally hit. I like applying bronzer to my cheeks, temples, nose, hairline and jawline. This is a great approach for beginners to understand where to apply bronzer on the face.


Where To Apply Contour? 

Wondering where to apply contour? Well, contour needs to be applied more strategically to achieve a sculpted look. I like to make my nose shape look more defined by applying contour on the sides of my nose. I also apply contour beneath my cheekbones and underneath my jawline.


How To Apply Bronzer?

To understand how to apply bronzer, I’m sharing my go-to method. After having applied primer, foundation and concealer, I pick up some bronzer powder on a brush and sweep it across my cheeks, cheekbones, hairline and jawline. I then go in with blush on my cheeks. This adds warmth and makes my makeup look sun-kissed.

How To Apply Contour? 

If you want to know how to apply contour, follow this simple method. After doing your base makeup, draw lines with your contour product underneath your cheekbones and underneath your jawline and then blend with a brush. This will sculpt your face well. I also like to draw two vertical lines along the sides of my nose to define my nose shape.

The difference between bronzer and contour seems pretty evident now, doesn’t it? The two makeup products are built different and they serve different purposes in a makeup routine.


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