Best Bronzer & Contouring Powder for Fair Skin!

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Jan 14, 2012

Amanda J.

So I'm in dire need of some good bronzer or contouring powder (and what the heck is the difference?! haha) for fair skin. I had this one bronzer, it was the little bead thingies... Yes, well it's gone. I seriously can't go a day without contouring, so it's really driving me nuts not having anything to do it with! >.< But I plan on getting something soon. It's gotta be drugstore though. Over 20 dollars is just ridiculous to me. Anyways, I have cool undertones. My skin is pretty darn pink. And I really like my contouring to be noticable. I have a chubby face, haha, so I love contouring cause it makes my face look more angular... Anyways, yeah, that should be enough information! ^.^ Thanks guys!

Jan 14, 2012

Jeanine H.

I really just love BeneFit's Hoola bronzing powder... I'm pale too, and I remember when I first purchased it years ago I was using it wrong. It can be scary if it's applied too heavily. I like to lay down the contour and then buff it out a bit with my MAC 187 brush. 

Jan 14, 2012

Joyce S.

I'm a NC25 and am using NYC's bronzer. It's extremely pigmented so be sure to use with a light hand

Jan 14, 2012

Jeanine H.

Everyone's mentioning this NYC bronzer. I have to look into this! What's the name of it? I know they have a few different ones.

Jan 14, 2012

Amanda J.

@Jeanine I would try that, but I can't afford it, haha. And trust me I KNOW how bad bronzer can look! But whats the difference between contouring powder and bronzer, seriously? haha And I'll look into the NYC bronzer! :) I just want some more input first. 

Jan 14, 2012

Jeanine H.

Really, I don't see much of a difference in the two, Amanda. I use Bronzing powder as my contouring powder. Sometimes (quite often, actually) I'll use brown colored shadows to contour my face as well! I think a lot of brands just tend to put highlighters and 'contouring' powders together in sets as a marketing ploy. I could be wrong but I don't usually stick to the rule of using things the way they're labeled. :P

Jan 14, 2012

Amanda J.

Me neither, haha. I'm the same. :) So cool. Thanks! 

Jan 14, 2012

Maria O.

Most people use bronzer with shimmer to add a "sun-kissed glow" to the face, cheeks temples, chin, & forehead. If you want to contour and add depth/dimension to your face and alter it's shape then the best type of bronzer to use is a matte. Sephora collection makes a pretty good one comparable to Smashbox that is matte. It runs approx $16 or so.

Jan 14, 2012

Amanda J.

I don't have a problem with bronzers! >.< I'm pretty damned skilled with them, just saying. But yeah... I guess I'll just see which one looks best against my skin, haha.

Jan 14, 2012

Kayla N.

Laguna = My go to bronzer & contour powder.

Jan 14, 2012

Kate C.

I'm very pale and I love the Nars Laguna bronzer. But a cheaper alternative if you want to go that route is Elf's blush/bronzer duo. Both work well!

Jan 15, 2012

Amanda J.

@Terra lol, it's cool. haha
@Kate C. Thanks! I'll have to check out the ELF one!

Jan 15, 2012

Amanda J.

@Andrew B. Why would I use grey to contour my cheekbones? O.o Not daily anyways... I've contoured with some crazy colors... >.< Like blue and orange and green... lol I use a bronzer for contouring, and it works well for me. I do know that you should typically use those brown/grey colors for EYE contouring... The bronzer that I was using was a really dark brown/red but was super blendable. It was perfect for contouring... Let me find the link... Damn, they don't sell it any more. But it was the Mary Kay bronzing beads. :) But yeah, it wasn't shimmery at all, which is surprising for Mary Kay cosmetics... lol 

Jan 16, 2012

Jaimi-lee S.

NYX bronzer amazing! Great bronzer and contourer! not over shimmery! :)

Jan 16, 2012

Lisa U.

I have exactly the same problem!

Honestly I always hear about the NYC sunny bronzer but have never tried it.

Jan 17, 2012

Yumi R.

I would suggest using a darker foundation or even a concealer for contour! And Rimmel's natural bronzer is nice and not overly shimmery. 

Jan 17, 2012

Maria O.

@Terra thanks so much for the shout out. 80) xoxo

@Andrew--OMG yes the Kevyn Aucoin one is a staple in my kit. I love the fact that it works with all skin tones!

@Amanda-great topic to start. The reason both Andrew and I wrote about shimmer vs matte and he wrote about grey tones is because we are both professional MUAs and wanted to explain the difference between a bronzer & a contouring powder as initially asked in your convo starter. Any type of shimmery bronzer is not ideal to contour at all. Also, try and write to Mary Kay. When another brand I love discountinued a product I sent them an email and to my surprise the company sent me four of that product. I did it a second time with another company for a different product and got stuff in the mail. 80)

Jan 17, 2012

Maria O.

@Andrew- You are welcome! :0)

Jan 18, 2012

Amanda J.

@Maria O. Did they really? Huh, I guess I'll get on that. And I'll check out that Kevin Aucoin one. Thanks soooo much guys! And I understand now. Thinking of using grey as a contour didn't make much sense originally, but once you mentioned that shadows are grey... Well, the whole time I thought you were talking about eye shadows, not shadow-shadows. lol Seriously, thanks so much guys!

Jan 18, 2012

Amanda J.

HOLY SHIZ THAT'S EXPENSIVE!!! I'm a college student! Spending that much on just a contouring powder to me is just... ridiculous. Are there any cheaper suggestions that you guys might have? lol

Jan 18, 2012

Katie M.

I use a face powder that's one or two shades darker than my normal powder. I use a physicians formula powder, those mosaic ones, and I have one for setting makeup and one for contouring. Nyx just released a contour/highlight compact on their website, too!

Jan 18, 2012

Amanda J.

@Katie M. Which one do you use for contouring? And that's awesome! I just looked at the NYX website, and I'm very into creams. :) Too bad I don't have a credit card or anything.

Jan 19, 2012

Raven N.

I know that everyone pretty much has this question answered and NYC Sunny is a good one, I agree. But also wanted to throw another one out there that I just tried. The Physicians Formula Healthy Glow Bronzer is pretty great. It is matte and gives the perfect color for someone pale. I got the one for light skin but if you wanted a more noticeable color, you could go for one of the darker ones! I think it is really great and blends very well!!

Jan 19, 2012

Jordan L.

For those that were wondering why you shouldn't use a warm bronzer as a contour shade, and why there are specific contouring powders....

Bronzers tend to have warm orange or gold undertones to brighten the skin. Creating a contour is about creating a SHADOW - and shadows are not orange:) This is why so many contour shades are on the cooler side of brown and can even look greyish or muddy. 9 times out of 10, if someone's "contouring" looks like dirty skin...they used a bronzer. Always go for the most lackluster, matte color you can find. To bring LIFE back to the cheeks, sweep your bronzer or blush between the contour and highlight - directly on the apples of the cheeks upwards towards the temples. Good contouring and highlighting is usually a 3-shade process, which is why the Smashbox contour kit is such a steal. $45 is a lot until you see that it includes a perfect contour color, a bone colored highlighter, their amazing matte bronzer, instructions, and the contouring brush.

Katie above had mentioned an NYX version that may be less expensive? Just for the love of God stop using bronzers. Epic. Fail.

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