Starting with the best matte bronzer I have found is NYC Sunny Bronzer, (full post here) this is the right amount of a light brown with no orange tones to it. This is great for applying in the hollows of the cheeks (this is where you make the strange duck face). With bronzers my main tip is definitely less is more, this bronzer is great for this because it is buildable and never looks over the top. The other is my Summer option; NARS Laguna. This is a well loved bronzer which I was happy to see works surprisingly well on pale skin. This has a slight shimmer I don't use this to contour but instead apply it where the sun would hit the face. This is the temples, along the nose, hollows of cheeks and under the jaw line. Here's a picture of the pan of Laguna to show that it really isn't that orangey.
Next i'll mention tools, having the right tools definitely helps when applying contouring products. My favourite brush for actually contouring is the Real Techniques Contour Brush, this brush is soft and and is good at blending out any harsh lines. Another favourite is the Sigma Large Angled Contour F40 for the same reasons. For applying a product like Laguna all over the face I love the Real Techniques Blush Brush and the Sigma Duo Fibre F50 because again they blend the product nicely and makes it look very natural.
|Left to Right - Sigma F40, Sigma F50, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Real Techniques Contour Brush.|
Some higher end options are NARS Douceur Blush which should be a must for everyone with pale skin because it is models cheek bones in a blush, amazing. The other is MAC Desert Rose Blush which is completely matte and again looks best applied into the hollows of the cheeks.
As a round up I thought I would mention out of all blushes that if you still are a bit unsure of bronzers the ones that are best for contouring. These are definitely NYX Taupe which may look a little scary in the pan but looks amazing on the cheeks. It definitely doesn't look the best on the apples of the cheeks but in the hollows going up to the ears it looks great. NARS Douceur is my current favourite blush because it is a little bit more pinked toned that NYX Taupe so looks great as a blush and contour in one.
So I hope this post was helpful if you are a bit stuck for contouring. My main tips would be apply to the hollows of the cheeks instead of on the apples. Less is definitely more and use a fluffy brush to get rid of any harsh lines because it will look a lot more natural. The next top to apply bronzer where the sun hits the face to achieve that sun kissed look!
What are you contouring tips?