Your ULTIMATE Guide to Bronzer vs. Contour

Discover the difference between bronzer and contour, and how to use each individually or pair them together for a magical, glowing look!

011 210575 BEAUTIFUL SKIN BRONZER HM BS BRONZER BELLA RM 2203

Bronzer and contour might seem like the same thing, but each play a magical part in your makeup routine! Learn the difference and unveil Charlotte’s super-easy tips for flawless-looking bronzer and contour application, so you can instantly add a dreamy golden glow to create a sun-kissed, gorgeous-looking makeup look for any occasion!

Discover where to apply bronzer and contour and how to use them on their own or together!

Bronzer vs. Contour

Knowing the difference between contour and bronzer is essential for creating that sun-kissed, sculpted looking complexion when doing your makeup.

Bronzer is the perfect makeup product to add all-over warmth and glow to your complexion. Like contour, adding bronzer to your cheekbones, temples, jawline and nose can help sculpt the look of your face and add the look of dimension to your facial architecture, however this isn't it's main purpose. Unlike contour makeup, bronzer shades tend to have a bit more warmth in them, and can be applied with a larger brush for an all-over bronze for a beachy-bronzed, glowing look!

Contour makeup's main purpose is to sculpt and create an illusion, with a shade that tends to be cooler in tone to mimic the look of natural shadows. Contour should be placed more precisely to sculpt and define the look of your facial framework and features. Adding depth to sculpt and define can help you create the effect of sharper-looking cheekbones or a defined nose. It’s like makeup MAGIC!

Charlotte's Bronzer Wardrobe_Airbrush Bronzer and Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer_Still Life

CIERA CONTOUR HIGHLIGHT BLUSH PRODUCT PLACEMENT

Where to Apply Bronzer

Create a beautiful, healthy-looking, beachy-bronzed glow with one of Charlotte's easy-to-use bronzers! The smoothing, blurring, and perfecting pigments of the magic matte powdcer Airbrush Bronzer softly smooths onto the skin and creates a sun-kissed, silky-smooth-looking finish, or glide, buff and bronze with Charlotte's NEW! Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer if you prefer a cream formula, darlings!

Apply bronzer to your face and body where the sun naturally tans – cheekbones, jawline, top of shoulders, collarbone and the centre of your arms and legs. You're adding the appearance of warmth to your skin, like a gorgeous, glowing golden hour filter!

For flawless-looking application, use Charlotte’s NEW! Beautiful Skin Bronzing Brush or her Airbrush Kabuki-style retractable bronzer brush, The Air Brush. Just swirl in your bronzer and buff into the the skin for an ethereal airbrush-effect finish!

Top Tilbury Tips for Bronzing:

  • Apply bronzer to the high points of face, where your face naturally catches the sun
  • Apply to cheekbones, temples, tip of nose, right above where you’d apply contour (more on this below!)

011 210573 BEAUTIFUL SKIN BRONZER HM BS BRONZER MELLIE MIDDLE EAST RM 2203

EDNA CONTOUR HIGHLIGHT BLUSH PRODUCT PLACEMENT

Where to Apply Contour

For a gorgeous contour, use Charlotte’s iconic Hollywood Contour Wand to create red-carpet-ready facial framework instantly! Build up and blend the magical liquid contour for a super-easy application and flawless-looking result!

Follow the hollow! Suck in your cheeks to see where the shadow naturally occurs on your face shape, before sweeping the magic cushion application in a horizontal line towards your hairline and blend, blend, blend using the Hollywood Complexion Brush!

Next, apply in vertical stripes on the sides of your nose and loop underneath, before applying to the sides of your forehead, temples, and jawline for that gorgeous, contoured, sculpted-effect look.

Top Tilbury Tips for Contouring:

  • Follow the hollow! Find your natural shadows
  • Apply to hollows of cheekbones, sides of nose, along jawline, temples, sides of forehead
  • Never forget to blend, blend, blend!

Using Bronzer With Contour

With bronzer, you can add a divine golden filter to the skin, while contouring sculpts the appearance of your facial framework, defining the look of your cheekbones and features.

Together, they create a MAGICAL, IRRESISTABLE combination to create a dreamy, sun-kissed, flawless-looking complexion! Apply your contour first, before layering your bronzer on top for a radiant-looking glow!

Incorporate Charlotte’s tips into your routine and learn how to use contour and bronzer – together or separately!

FOR MORE BEAUTY TIPS, TRICKS + VIDEOS...

Subscribe to Charlotte's YouTube Channel, darling!