Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bronzing VS Contouring How-To: The Epic Battle

Where do I even start with this? Bronzing is bronzing, contouring is contouring. Don't combine them or you'll look like you shoved your face in sand. Don't confuse them or you'll end up with a look that could COMPLETELY weren't going for.

Now that I have a little rant out of the way... we can move on.

I originally prepared a video, but I'm still getting used to the ins and outs of using iMovie, so a post will have to do.

Here's the best explanation I can give you:

Contouring: using light and dark shades to alter your face shape.
It's how you go from this:

To This:
And even this:



Do you think Kim K naturally has gorgeous cheekbones? Hells to the no. She has gorgeous cheekbones thanks to CONTOURING. 

Here's a guide on how to contour according to your face shape. Keep in mind that you aren't always one specific face shape, sometimes you can float between two. For example, I am mostly round with a little bit of a heart face shape. What's yours?

The purple areas are highlighting areas the pink areas are contouring areas. See the difference? You essentially want areas that stick out from an oval face shape to be darker and recede and the areas that recede from an oval face shape to be brought out with highlighter. Unless you love your face shape, in which case YAY!





Bronzing: using a simmer or matte bronzer to give yourself the appearance of a glowing tan.

Bronzing is how you go from this:



To this:

You can't just dip your brush in some brown powder and rub it all over your face. Unless you want that "fake tan" appearance - if that's what you want, go for it.

Here's my all-time favourite infographic on bronzing. It leaves you with an awesome, beautiful bronze glow!



*Note: I do not own either infographic on this page. Right-click on the photo and click "open link in new tab" to be brought back to the page I got it from - found via pinterest*

The post on bright colours is still on its way! I'm perfecting it!

xoxo - C