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Are Bronzers Right for Contouring?

Beauty trends tend to come and go, like the much-maligned blue eye shadow popular in the 1970s. But one old school trend that has made a strong comeback is the contouring and highlighting of facial features. Contouring techniques can be used to firm up the jaw line, slim a thick nose or give beauty buffs the cheekbones of a supermodel.

Contouring enhances natural beauty by emphasizing bone structure and minimizing flaws. It works by mimicking natural shadows to give the face a sculpted look. These factors make it a popular trend with beauty enthusiasts everywhere.

But while contouring may be popular, not everyone is doing it correctly. The right products must be used and applied properly to get the best results. One of the mistakes many people make is using bronzer to contour their features.

Why Bronzers Don't Work Well for Contouring
Bronzers were designed to give users a sun-kissed look. They are perfectly suited for that purpose. What they donít do well is mimic shadows, which is essential to creating a naturally sculpted look. That is because shadows tend to be gray, not bronze or golden.

Another problem with using bronzers to sculpt the face occurs when too much product is used. Because bronzers werenít designed to sculpt features, some people tend to use too much in an effort to create the shadows they want to emphasize their features. But no amount of bronzer can do this effectively and what usually results is a dirty-looking face. No one wants that!

Using the Right Products
Start by selecting a product containing gray tones. That doesnít mean that the contour should be 100% gray. But it should contain gray tones to get a more naturally sculpted look.

An easy way to choose the right contour is to purchase products designed specifically for contouring. Popular products include NYX Wonder Stick, NYX Highlight and Contour Powder, Kevyn Aucoinís The Sculpting Powder, and many others.

Available as powders, creams, or liquids, contouring cosmetics should blend well with natural skin tones. Some experimentation might be required to find the right one. So have fun!

Bronzers are great for creating a sun-kissed complexion. But they do not work well for creating the natural looking, sculpted features so many women desire. Instead, opt for a product created for contouring to get a natural look that enhances bone structure and natural beauty.

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