Contouring v. Bronzing: What IS the Difference?
Is a contoured face a bronzed face?
The short answer is not necessarily.
Although similar, they serve completely different purposes.
The purpose and goal of contouring is to slim, balance, build, enhance structure and/or definition to a face. Creams and powders are great mediums to use and should always be MATTE! Contour kits are available from several brands and are great to use. You can also use a stick or cream foundation that is a couple shades darker. Even a powder foundation is great to contour as well. The other key to contouring is to -blend- ! You never want to be able to tell where something starts and stops ;)
The purpose of bronzing is to create a natural, sun-kissed glow on the points of our face where the sun normally would hit us. Bronzer is also not meant to be used as a pressed powder. It should be applied in the shape of a "3" starting at the top of our hairline, coming through our cheekbone and just under our jawline. I like to brush a bit across my nose as well. Bronzers can also be found in creams, liquids and powders. You can decide whether you prefer a matte or something with shimmer!