If you want to accentuate your cheekbones and give dimension to your face, blush, bronzer, and highlighter are makeup bag essentials. While they seem similar, they differ in their use and the type of look you achieve.
Depending on the situation, face shape, and mood, it can be challenging to know which one to use.
Please note that a highlighter and bronzer are basically a blush, but blush is neither of them. Blush is used to add warmness to the cheeks, while a highlighter and bronzer are explicitly used to contour your face.
Contouring adds more dimension to your face by incorporating shadows and highlights; it can even reshape your nose. It is so effective that contouring is the secret factor in the dazzling red-carpet looks of celebrities.
When To Use Blush, Highlighter, and Bronzer
Choosing between a highlighter, bronzer, and blush is a matter of personal taste and occasion. When you want a natural look, adding a little bit of colour to your cheeks is all you need. Blush is perfect for those casual events, where you need a softer, flushed color. Highlighter and bronzer are mostly used for those glamorous evening looks where you want a bolder look.
Please note that they are usually very pigmented and can go on heavy if you are not careful. Always remember that less is more, and choose a colour within the range of your natural skin tone.
Blush is optimal for adding a hint of natural pink to the cheeks. Use blush to look vibrant, fresh, healthy, and younger. Highlighter and bronzer are terrific for creating a natural glow; make sure to use a matte colour.
Highlighting, bronzer, and blush can also be used in combination. Follow these steps to create the perfect look.
What You Need:
A Contour Palette
It's essential to have a contour palette to blend the shades easily. Try TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Art Class by Rodin Shading, which contains three shades to be used to contour and sculpt your face to perfection. It's perfect for paler to medium skin tones.
You will need blush to add a hint of colour to your cheekbones. If you want a natural look, choose a blush with the same skin tone as your skin. If you want a bold look, select one with the opposite colour of your skin tone.
Keep this in mind:
- Warm blushes: Coral, Tangerine, Brown, and Peach
- Neutral Blush: Mauve
- Cold Blushes: Berries, Pink, Fuchsia, and Raisin
We recommend ETUDE HOUSE Lovely Cookie Blusher, which comes in a wide variety of colours, and provides a high-quality matte finish.
These blushes are available for all types of skin tones.
5 Steps To Add Dimension To Your Face
The first step is to choose the right shade of bronzer and highlighter for your natural skin tone. Select a matte contouring kit like TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Art Class by Rodin Shading, since it would create depth in your face.
2. Apply The Bronzer
The TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Art Class by Rodin Shading has three colours; use the darker shade or bronzer along your cheeks' hollows. You can make a fish face to find the right area for application. Follow the line in a half-moon shape and reach up to the hairline.
3. Apply The Blush
Apply your ETUDE HOUSE Lovely Cookie Blusher, using a round blush brush, to your cheekbones. Don't forget to apply to the temples. Make sure to apply blush right above the bronzer to ensure a seamless blend.
4. Seamless Blend
Now that you have the bronzer and blush in place, blend both together using a circular motion with the brush. Doing this prevents noticeable lines across your face.
5. Highlight Those Cheekbones
Now it's time to highlight the cheekbones. Select the lighter colour of your contouring kit and directly apply it above the blush. Please note that your cheekbones are just below your eyes. Then blend once again to avoid apparent lines.
Finally, remember if you are using bronzer, blush, and highlighter, you need to apply them in the right order. Bronzer goes on first, then blush, and ultimately highlighter. The bronzer will be below your cheekbone, blush on your cheekbones, and highlighter at your cheekbones' top.