Aspiring fashionistas and a few women are often confused between the use of a concealer and contour. So, what they end up doing is apply both - that is a concealer and contour - all over the face and then, complain about having a cakey look in sometime.
Well, neither a concealer nor a contour should be applied all over the face. Both - a concealer and contour - should be applied at particular spots of the face in order to avoid the cakey appearance of the makeup.
So, take a look below to know all the differences between a contour and concealer before you decide on using one.
Concealer Versus Contour - Basics
As the name says, concealer covers noticeable dark circles, dark spots, and freckles on the skin. Concealer adds a long-lasting perfectness to a tired and dull appearance.
On the other hand, contour is used to enhance and highlight the natural features of the face - like its shape - and makes it distinct. Contouring has been a beauty secret for actresses since ages, but now it is being taken up by all the fashionistas out there.
Concealer Versus Contour - Types
There are 4 types of concealers - Liquid (for light coverage on the face), Stick, Compact (for narrow or particular areas of the face) and an Eye Concealer. Under-eye concelaer is less dry and thick in texture, than other types of concealers.
With liquid foundation, you should conceal first. For powder foundation, you can conceal later.
Coming to the different types of contouring, it depends on which part of the body it is being done and hence called by the same name - leg contour, feet countour, ab contour, face contour, hair contour and so on.
Concealer Versus Contour - Shade
An ideal concealer should be two shades lighter than your present base skin tone. It highlights your complexion emphasizing on the perimeter of the face, that naturally catches light.
A contour should be one or two shades deeper than your present base skin tone. Contour works on your hairline, the hollows of cheekbones, jawline and neck.
Concealer Versus Contour - Props To Use
Right concealing of the skin can be done with an angled brush, a blusher brush, a bronzing brush, a cream highlighter and a flat brush.
Right contouring can be done using your fingers as well. In fact, using a brush for contouring increases the scope of cakey makeup. Those who do not want to use your hands can take the help of a stiff-pointed tip brush to just let the contour touch only the tip of your acne, blemish or dark spot.
Concealer Versus Contour - How To Do It On The Face?
Steps for face concealing
a) Concealing starts with uniform foundation application all over the face.
b) Take contour on the back of your hand and blend it into a paste. With the tip of a brush, apply this on your pimple or acne. Use your finger to blend it with the base of foundation. Ensure you touch and apply the contour with very gentle massage that does not hurt your skin disruption.
c) Set the contour with a powder.
Steps for face contouring
a) Start with a moisturizer and foundation.
b) Suck your cheeks in, take the angular brush and apply the contour only on the hollow region of your cheekbones. Light strokes of the contour towards the ears will sort the purpose.
c) Contour can also be applied on the jawline and like a slimming shadow to hide the double chin.
d) Do coat your contour with a bronzing powder.