The New Big Thing? Contouring Creams and Bronzing Gels

Contouring is big news; once a secret of makeup artists and celebrities, now many of us are reaching for the bronzer on a daily basis as a way of adding a natural glow. If you’d have told me a couple of years ago I would be using my bronzing palettes outside of the June-to-September window I would’ve laughed in your face, but alas a touch of tan is part of my regular routine. The traditional powder format can be somewhat intimidating for many, offering up a severe colour that can often be overloaded – there’s nothing worse than trying to rectify an overtly orange line across your cheeks! However, the new format of contouring creams and gels helps to make the process even easier and is perfectly suited to paler complexions.

The lightweight texture can be applied using either fingers or a brush, buffed into skin and blended into your foundation for a really natural finish; the near-transparent and mild concentration of pigment means you can start with the most subtle of colour results, layering up for a stronger finish. Many of these have been landing on my desk ahead of the summer months, so there’s a definite trend for a new type of contouring kit that is much better suited to a springtime complexion – layering up heavy powder can cause your skin to look flat, rather than boosting radiance with a formula that will reflect the light.

Illamasqua have just launched their Gel Sculpt sticks which come in this delicious shade of ‘Silhouette’; the result when swiped over skin is a healthy touch of colour without being overbearing, helping even the palest of complexions to embrace the contouring trend. The incredibly lightweight formula dries almost immediately to leave an undetectable finish – almost like a stain for your cheeks that works with your makeup rather than against it. Similarly, Topshop’s Contour Creams provide a handy way to integrate colour into your complexion and are perfectly sized for topping up on the go too. Although slightly darker, the texture again melts into the skin to leave colour without any obvious feel to the touch – it provides a slightly powdery finish that works really well with matte foundations.

As part of their new limited edition makeup sets, Benefit have also provided a preview of a product to come in 2016 – Dew The Hoola ‘liquid bronze’. This tinted gel offers the same beautiful glow as their best selling and iconic Hoola bronzer, but in a format that’s perfect for taking on holiday when you want your makeup routine to be as easy as possible. That’s the genius of these new formats – they’re fuss free, can be applied using your fingers and work perfectly with lighter foundations, dewy moisturisers or BB Creams.With more and more brands jumping on the bandwagon, it’s not hard to see why these are surely set to be the next big thing…

What do you think of gel bronzers and contouring creams? Would you dare to try them?

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  1. Charline S
    April 14, 2015 / 10:13 am

    I'm pretty curious about the Hoola liquid bronzer… i might pick up the Hoola set because I can't wait until 2016!!!Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 16, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      It's really lightweight and definitely one for the Hoola fans! Benefit are such teases.

  2. LifeWithoutAFunSponge X
    April 14, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I like the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. I apply it was the real techniques perfect face brush and it works really well xxx

  3. Carys Emily
    April 14, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Love the thought of these, i've only really started to contour and i still find it a bit intimidating Distant Dreamer

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 16, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      The key is to build… If you want to have a one-to-one session with me, you can always book an appointment via the link over there =>

  4. Philippa
    April 14, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    These sound much much easier to use than powders! (:ABlogByPhilippa

  5. Clare
    April 14, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Liquid hoola?! Sounds amazing!

  6. Shelley Jessup
    April 14, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    I have been reading & watching about contouring & today found a top UK make up artiest saying that contour only works well if you use a shed lot of make up as that's the only way to get a true 'fake' definition to your face as so much make up is needed. This week I've many say how aging contour looks on people & everyone is just following a trend but most people make their self look worse not better, and so the dewy skin light blush & tan is the new & better way to go. Personally I can't get contour to work for me I have a very fat face & the only way I'm going to look like I have cheek bones is to lose a lot of weight & I also have the early menopause to deal with so if I'm going for a full make up look it is off within an hour due to me over heating!! Life's not fair boo hoo 😉 xxx

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 16, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      I don't think that's true about having to have a lot of makeup – if done correctly and subtly it can work wonders. I think many makeup artists assume everyone wants to look like Kim K!

  7. Holly R
    April 15, 2015 / 12:05 am

    I don't think i'd use the gel bronzers only because i'm fairly hopeless at applying my normal bronzer! I've seen many gel bronzer looks and they look maybe one day i'll attempt it haha x

  8. Emyii Rankin
    April 15, 2015 / 1:09 am

    I would try anything if i could afford it haha =]

  9. sampan_27
    April 15, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I am unsure on this contouring hype. My face is a little round, and is sure to look strange. however, in the name of beauty I am going to try out this new Benefit venture into the liquid dream (oh err) with Hoola and see how it pans out… I think the new ranges for the contouring are so great though. Each company is coming up with innovative new products, all different. Such as these ones; illamasqua with their stick, Benefit with the liquid or Topshop with the cream! All moving away from just the powder is good, so I am bound to find one to suit me, right…?!Great post! loved reading as always :))

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 16, 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you! And yes, I'm sure you'll find one you like – start subtle and build up until you get used to it. Let me know how you get on!

  10. Megan Lillie
    April 15, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I have never heard of a gel bronzer until now – how crazy!Megan xoThumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  11. Bryony Rose
    April 16, 2015 / 10:43 am

    I'm not that great with cream contours but I have heard that the Topshop one is really easy to apply so it might be great for me to try!! The benefit liquid Hoola looks amazing, I've read a few things about it but it will probably be another genius product!!

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 16, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      It's so sneaky that you can't buy it alone until 2016 though! But it's well worth a look… x

  12. Stephanie
    April 17, 2015 / 12:46 am

    I really want to try the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt Sticks! They sound SO interesting!Stephanie xxxx

  13. Lisa smyth
    April 22, 2015 / 8:27 am

    I've been using the bourjois bronzing primer for a while to contour now as I just think it gives a more fresh and glowy look compared to a matte bronzer! These products all look so exciting though can tell I'm going to be a fan of the illamaqua one already!!

  14. Lynn Hathaway
    April 22, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    I like the new VitaLiberata self bronzing trystal minerals… I'm no make up artist by any means and I find you don't need much to give a lovely natural healthy glow 🙂 I think I would find bronzing gels more difficult to apply x

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