Non-Touring vs Contouring—Which Makeup Trend Should You Go For?

Non-Touring vs Contouring—Which Makeup Trend Should You Go For?

Non-touring vs contouring—sounds like an interesting dilemma for a makeup lover. Luckily, we can help you decide!

Our quest for razor-sharp cheekbones has taken many interesting detours over the years (remember extreme contouring and clown contouring?), so we're happy to say we're now tackling contouring from a softer, more natural angle. Introducing non-touring, a balanced approach midway between contouring and strobing.

As beauty addicts, we cannot resist comparing non-touring to its more defined cousin, contouring. Both trends are polar opposites, yet they are equally tantalizing. Are you excited to learn more about the non-touring vs contouring difference? We certainly are!

What Is Contouring?

The contouring technique involves applying makeup that is slightly darker than your natural skin color to sculpt and enhance your face. By combining sculpting strokes and adding dimension, you can create the illusion of a toned face.  The purpose of contouring is to create a sense of shadow and light, as opposed to our daily foundation and concealer, which is aimed at matching our skin exactly.

As Instagram became more widely used, looking good in selfies became one of the most important factors for gaining likes and followers, which led to the popularity of contouring. Particularly for celebrities, influencers, and make-up artists, contouring different parts of the face is an essential skill.

What Is Non-touring?

The term "non-touring" means not contouring or doing the opposite of contouring.

In terms of makeup application, non-touring is very similar to highlighting. In this method, light-attracting and reflecting products are used so that the skin gives off a healthy glow naturally. You can adjust the level of radiance to suit your needs. Overall, non-contouring makeup practice creates a fresh, dewy finish.

The goal of non-touring is to have a hydrated lightweight base that makes you look like you never cut your water intake. A major advantage of not touring is the fact that you can tell everyone "I woke up like this" and they likely won't question you.

In contrast to contouring, which requires constant practice to get the right shape and shade, the significantly soft 'non-toured' look can be achieved even by an amateur. Non-touring is just the thing for you if you are lazy, lack patience, or don't understand contouring.

How to ‘Non-tour’ Your Face?

It is easy to achieve the coveted non-tour look. You can achieve a no-makeup, stunning, naturally glowing appearance without piling on heavy makeup by following these guidelines:

#1 Start with Moisturized Skin—Keep It Healthy and Glowing

Ensure your skin is adequately hydrated by applying a generous amount of moisturizer. You can achieve soft, dewy skin by doing this. It is important to keep your skin hydrated in order to keep it healthy and bright.

#2 Use an Illuminating Primer—Ensure a Subtle Glow

Using an illuminating primer will help complete your base makeup. Besides minimizing large pores and improving your skin's overall texture, it adds a subtle natural glow to your face. You can also use it to prepare your face for the next step.

#3 Apply a Lightweight Foundation—for Natural but Even Complexion

Apply a tinted moisturizer or BB cream over your primer to prep the skin. Non-touring makeup aims to hide your imperfections while allowing your natural complexion to shine through. Hence, stay away from full-coverage foundations. Instead, opt for makeup that blurs blemishes while still looking natural. You can also use concealer to cover imperfections.

#4 Highlight the Light-Reflecting Areas of Your Face—Bring Your Non-touring to the Finish Line

When choosing an illuminator, make sure to match the undertones of your skin. A complexion with yellow undertones will look ashy with silver shimmers. Those with pink undertones can wear both silver or gold shimmers and look great.

Using a fan brush, sweep the product on. Its flat shape makes it easier to spread the product precisely where it is needed. Try a curving motion instead of a straight diagonal motion. If you want the light-reflecting particles to look natural, make a semicircle around the apple of your cheek.

Adding highlights to your nose's center and cupid's bow is also a good idea. Make sure the product lands where you want it to by using a small brush. Just a little highlighter is all you need. Take the product and sweep it down your nose from the bridge to the tip. On the very top of your lip, outline the bow shape with the same brush.

That's it! You are now NON-TOURED! It is simple, effortless, and will give you a brighter and more youthful appearance. 

Non-touring vs. Contouring?

Below is a brief comparison between contouring and non-contouring makeup:

1. Dramatic vs. Subtle: Unlike contouring, which artificially defines and shapes the face's bone structure, non-touring is more natural, soft, and subtle.

2. Heavy vs. Light: While contouring involves layering a lot of rich makeup products on the face, light contouring relies on moisturizing and highlighting only to create a fresh, dewy, and radiant look.

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3. Night vs. Day: Heavy contouring isn't appropriate for everyday makeup, especially in the summers. It is commonly used for photo shoots and special events and is considered a night look. In contrast, non-touring makes everyday makeup easier to apply due to its lightness, sweat-proof properties, and ability to allow the skin to breathe.

4. Dark vs. Highlight: Using dark colors, the contoured look aims to emphasize certain areas of the face, such as the cheekbones and jaw line. In non-touring, light-reflecting colors are used instead of dark ones to highlight areas of the face.

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5. Difficult vs. Easy: If you have never mastered contouring, you can still create a non-toured look with minimal make-up expertise.

Which One Is the Best?

There is actually no "best" choice if you ask us about it. As far as makeup is concerned, you do you, always! Makeup looks are as individual as the brush holder, so choose your favorite based on your own personal style and preferences!

Have you ever tried contouring and non-touring? Which one did you prefer? Don’t forget to share with us in the comment section below!