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Bronzer vs Contour

Makeup is all about optical illusions and tricking the eye to see the face in a slightly different way. Whether it’s changing certain features of the face, like making the nose look smaller, or emphasizing your favorite natural features, bronzer and contour powders are the way to do it. While these two products may seem very similar and may sometimes get mistaken for one another, they are also very different and originated with different purposes.
Let’s start with contour. Contour powders are meant for...contouring the face. It’s typically used in areas such as the creases of the eyes, in the hollows of the cheeks, the sides of the nose, under the center of the lower lip. Putting contour powder in those areas changes the way the eyes see the face. For example, shading under the lower lip will create more of a full pout appearance.
Traditional contour powders tend to have more of a cool tone to create more of a shadowed look on the face. The powder shown below is the NYX HD Blush in th…

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