I remember when I first started out indulging in makeup, I was scared sh**less with contour. I always thought it was difficult to get it just right – until I learned how to. But on most days, I stick to bronzing than contouring. And to answer your question, no, both aren’t the same thing. Contour involves the use of much cooler toned products to create shadows. While bronzers warm up the skin by bringing back the colour to your face. Similarly, when I heard of “Tantour”, the upcoming product by Huda Beauty, I was…intrigued.

According to Huda Kattan, founder and CEO of Huda Beauty, she always wanted to find a middle path between bronzing and contouring. And claims that her new product, Tantour, does just that.


On her website, Huda talks about how her team worked on combining a balance of shadow and warmth. Which would result in a luminous matte glow that’s never dull. The formula itself is said to be a mix in between a mousse and a cream. The result? “A luxurious cream-to-powder contour and bronzer cream designed to help you achieve effortless, naturally-sculpted features.”

Huda Beauty Tantour
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The formula is buildable and blends out effortlessly. So you can go as natural as you want, or as sculpted as you want. Plus it’s labelled “Dubai-proof”, meaning you can battle your inner demons for upto 12 hours and not budge on the tantour. (It’s water-resistant AND sweatproof.) Swimming on the first date? SURE.

Huda Beauty Tantour
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Huda Beauty has catered to the masses, and brought out 5 shades of Tantour. According to beauty watchers on Instagram, a lot of fair people have talked about how the shade “fair” doesn’t work for them. But POC are elated – they have something that works for them. But as Huda says, you can blend it out to the shade that you want, so I’m guessing we can’t say anything for sure till we’ve tested them out ourselves.

Huda Beauty Tantour
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  • Fair: A neutral honey shade for fair to light complexions.
  • Light: A soft caramel shade ideal for light to medium complexions.
  • Medium: A neutral mocha shade that looks gorgeous on medium and tan complexions.
  • Tan: A deep cocoa shade perfect for deep tan to rich complexion.
  • Rich: A deep mahogany shade for rich to ultra-rich complexions.



How can it be a launch without a brush that tags along? The new Huda Beauty Sculpt and Shade Brush is a dual ended tool. At one end is a very small, dense brush that’s perfect for applying Tantour exactly where you want it, and at the other end is a large, soft brush so you can easily blend it out.

Huda Beauty Tantour
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The queen herself demonstrates how to perfect your Tantour in 2 simple steps.

STEP 1: Using the smaller side of the Huda Beauty Sculpt & Shade brush, apply Tantour in dots along the contours of each side of the face: cheekbones, forehead, and jawline.

STEP 2: With the fluffy side of the brush or using a beauty sponge, blend well for an all-over healthy finish. You can build to desired intensity.

Huda Beauty Tantour
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Huda’s tip: Use the brush in circular, upward motions for a flawless finish!

The Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream, $30 (USD) and the Sculpt & Shade Brush, $28 (USD), will launch online on May 8th. Additionally, it will launch in-store on May 17th.

Available at ShopHudaBeauty.com, Sephora, Sephora – JC Penny, Harrods, Selfridges, Brown Thomas, Arnott’s, Cultbeauty.co.uk, Naimies, FeelUnique, Net-a-Porter, The Beauty Editor, Boutiqaat, Alshaya, Harvey Nichols (KSA), Debenhams (KSA), Yan & One and Nykaa.//

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A voracious addict of everything beauty, little did I know I would be treading down this path. Started off as a dentist, occasionally dribbling in the arts. Now full time Instagram browser and money spender. They say money doesn't buy happiness. I disagree. They probably didn't know where to shop.