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The difference between bronzer and contouring: how to use both products

Yulia PoteriankoLady
Bronzer and sculptor, although similar to each other, still have noticeable differences in the scope of application. Source: Created with the help of AI

The modern cosmetics industry offers a huge selection of products for different purposes and tasks, which can be quite difficult to navigate. So at first glance, it seems that bronzer and sculptor are used in makeup for the same tasks, but makeup artists say that this is not the case.

Both products add depth and volume to the face, but bronzer is designed to give warmth to the skin, while contour is used to emphasize the place where the sun naturally casts a shadow. OBOZ.UA figured out what the significant difference is and how to use these products correctly.

What is bronzer?

So, you should think of bronzer as a tan in a tube. As a rule, such products have warmer tones and are used to give the face color. At the same time, the formula of the product can be very different – cream, powder, or stick. Cream-based bronzers are great for fuller coverage, while serums provide a radiant but light touch of color.

To apply the bronzer, apply the product of your choice on the apples of your cheeks and brush upward toward the cheekbones. Then apply a little product along the contour of the face and jawline to add warmth. Use a fluffy brush for smooth blending.

Bronzer is usually applied after foundation and before blush. To give your face a healthy glow, mix a little product with your foundation.

What is a sculptor?

Contouring products, also called sculptors, usually have cooler tones to mimic the natural shadows of the face's contours and can be used to change and emphasize features.

Similar to bronzer, contouring has several forms, but the most popular are powder and cream. They create the most natural-looking shadow. At the same time, the method of applying the contour may vary depending on your style preferences and how much you want to emphasize your facial features.

Apply sculptor immediately after foundation and before powder to give your face the desired shape. Blend a little product along the hairline to the cheekbones to lengthen them. Also apply to the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, jawline, and chin to add definition and volume. If you want to make the shadows less visible, cover them with a thin, translucent layer of foundation on top.

How to choose between bronzer and sculptor

If you want a simple but flawless makeup look, especially in summer, bronzer is your choice. It is also suitable for those who want a more tanned look without the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. When choosing a shade of bronzer, choose one that is 1-2 shades darker than your natural skin color.

Sculptor, on the other hand, is suitable for creating a clear and precise look. Use it when you need to have a more glamorous look. However, it can also be used daily to correct one part of the face. For example, to narrow the nose. The sculptor can be 2-3 shades darker than your skin. Then it will be most effective in creating makeup.

When to use both products

There are times when both products can be used in one makeup look and it won't look excessive. For example, when you are getting ready for an important event where a lot of photos will be taken. In this case, use the sculptor first, and then apply the bronzer. Then you'll get the best of both products and create a sophisticated, radiant look.

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