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Bronzer vs. Contour vs. Blush vs. Highlighter

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between bronzers, contour makeup products, blushes, and highlighters? You aren’t alone! I guess everyone has dealt with the same problem once in their life, but we are here to help. In this article, we’ll make it clear what the difference is between bronzers and other makeup products.

Bronzer vs. Contour Powder

Whereas a bronzer is a product darker than the skin tone that is meant to give the face a more tanned appearance, a contour powder is a product darker than the skin tone that is meant to work like a shadow in order to give the face a more defined and slimmer appearance.

A bronzer is normally applied to the high points of the face like the cheekbones and forehead, while a contour is applied to the outer parts of the face, and below the cheekbones. You could use some bronzers to contour, and vice versa, because the main difference between the products lies in their application method.


Bronzer vs. Blush

Whereas a bronzer is meant to give a tan or sun-kissed look, the purpose of a blush is to give a bit of lively pinkness to the skin. Blushes are usually a red-based color like peach or pink, while bronzers are some shade of brown or bronze.

Normally blushes are only applied to the cheeks, although in the past it was very trendy to also apply blush to the high points of the face. Some bronzers have a hint of peach or red, and can double as blushes depending on one’s skin tone.


Bronzer vs. Highlighter

While bronzer might seem more similar to (and occasionally even interchangeable with) a contour powder, its use is a lot more similar to that of a highlighter. There are simply two different looks you can achieve: a bronzed goddess with bronzers, or an ethereal being with highlighter.

You simply choose whether to apply bronzer or highlighter to the same parts of your face. You can even achieve a bit of both effects, by using a brighter bronzer that has a glow or a shimmer.

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