My Favorite Bronzers/Contour Products (with swatches)

So here I am today with one of those makeup products that I just wouldn’t want to be without: bronzer! Bronzer, especially matte or semi-matte ones can function as adding all over warmth to the face, or adding depth and contour, and I even use it as eyeshadow or to fill in my brows! I always carry a bronzer in my purse (the E.L.F. blush and bronzer duo since it has a blush as well, and comes with a mirror) and a little blush brush just in case. This especially comes in handy when I look in the rearview mirror and notice that my face looks darker than my neck (which somehow tends to only show up once I’m in the car) so I just whip out my bronzer and blend, blend, blend! I’m obsessed with Keira Knightley’s sculpted look in the picture below from Interview Magazine which you can achieve as well with the right products! (and some chiseled God-given cheekbones, great lighting and talented photographer…)


My favorite matte bronzers for contouring would be:

Hoola Bronzer by Benefit: This bronzer is a cool toned matte brown that is uber soft and easy to blend. Although expensive, it is very pigmented and will probably last a while. I don’t recommend the brush it comes with however.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil: This powder smells divine! It does need to be built up a bit more than Hoola and it has a bit more of a sheen to it, otherwise they are pretty similar.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium: This powder is a grey toned brown, perfect for creating sublte depth and shadows, especially for light skinned ladies. Although this product costs an arm and a leg, it is a truly unique color that I have not found anywhere else.

My favorite bronzers for giving me a sunkissed glow:

Wet n’ Wild coloricon bronzer in Ticket to Brazil: This bronzer when used with a light hand and blended well can give a gorgeous sunkissed glow. It has some shimmer but doesn’t look like a disco ball on your face and doesn’t emphasize pores. The color is also not at all orangey and is very pigmented.

Physician’s formula shimmer strips: These come in a few different bronze shades but they are great to use as a highlighter or as a shimmery golden bronzer. The strips can also be used as eyeshadows.

Blushes that I sometimes use as a contour/bronzer:

Lorac blush in soul: This beautiful blush can be doubled up as a contour because of its deep neutral shade. Because it is so pigmented it really needs only a light tap.

Nyx blush in Taupe: This plummy grayish blush can double up as a contour, especially for light skinned ladies. It is a very unique shade and luckily very affordable!

So there you have them, my favorite bronzers and contour powders. I hope this helps if you have been on the lookout for one that might work for you. Strangely enough, so many companies make bronzers that are just too shimmery, or too light, or too orange. It really has taken me quite a while to discover the ones in my list. I also hear (though I have not purchased them myself) that N.Y.C Sunny and Nars Laguna are also great bronzers, so if you have them in your collection, let me know what you think!

Side note: the best way that I found to apply bronzer is my using an angle blush brush and then blending with a duo-fibre stippling brush. The ones I use are: Coastal Scents angled blush brush and Borghese stippling brush. Apply to the underside of the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, the temples and into the hairline, jawline and down the neck for a sculpted look, finish off with your favorite blush on the apples of your cheeks and some highlighter the highest points of your cheekbone. 

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