The Basics: Bronzer & Contour

the basics - skincare, foundation, concealer.

Bronzer is used to add a touch of colour, usually a natural, sun-kissed glow. They come in various forms, but are most commonly found in a powder but are slowly being brought to us in cream and liquid forms. When it comes to bronzer, it's all about personal preference. They come in matte, satin and shimmer.. However the only truly matte bronzer I have ever come across, in any brand, is Benefit's Hoola, which was recommended to me by a makeup artist I know through college as the 'holygrail' bronzer for men. Contouring powders are something that we've seen adorning faces for a while now. These are different from bronzers because they are always matte and often a cooler shade as it's about creating shadows on the face.

Bronzers can be tricky and although it's not typically marketed as a multi-shade product, many brands do offer different shades of bronzer. These are some of the bronzers that come in multiple shades: Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer, Stila Sun Bronzer, Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder, bareMinerals READY Bronze and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. It's important that you find one that works for you as if you use one that's too dark for you, it can look obvious and even orange.

If you use one that's too light, you're going to be there for hours layering a product to achieve any bronzed look at all. If you're attempting to bronze up look/add a sun kissed glow to the face, you should apply bronzer to the areas the sun would his naturally. So the forehead, the bridge of the nose and your cheek bones.

Contouring powders are starting to show a bit more variation in their shades now, thankfully. However there is always the option of using a darker tone foundation or concealer to do the job. My personal preference is powder, just because it's so much quicker because there's far less blending to do. I'm currently obsessing over the MAC Sculpt Powder in Sculpt. 

If you're contouring your face you need to pull that sexy 'fish-face pout' and apply the product to the hollows of your cheeks. You can also add it to the jaw line and temples for a stronger contour. I find the perfect brush for contouring is a tapered face brush, like the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt, because they have the fine point but can be used on their side for a more wide-spread application.

Feel Unique have a whole section of their shop dedicated to contouring alone!

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