Contouring has become very popular recently, but if you are someone that isn't sure what it is, it's the process of applying makeup to highlight your features, give the illusion of cheekbones, as well as the illusion of a slimmer face. The contouring process should not be the same for everyone though, you should contour differently depending on your face shape to make sure your makeup looks as natural as possible. See below for contouring tips for your face shape.
Makeup And Tools For The Job:
- Cream concealer (2 - 3 times lighter than your skin tone) - this is your highlighter
- Foundation brush (fluffy but flat brush)
- Cream concealer (2 - 3 times darker than your skin tone) - this is your contour
- Small stiff brush
- Blush brush (wide fluffy brush)
- Blending brush or sponge
Contouring Instructions For Your Face Shape:
No matter which face shape you are, be sure to apply moisturizer to your face before applying your makeup.
- First, begin applying your concealer/highlighter with the fluffy but flat brush. You'll apply it between your eyebrows and halfway up your forehead. Then apply it down the center of your nose and along the side of your nose, above your cheekbones and out to the edge of your eyes. Also apply it to your chin.
- Next, apply the concealer/contour color to the very center/top of your hairline, to your temples and below your cheekbones. Then apply it down the sides of your nose and to the very base of your chin.
- Use your blending sponge or brush and blend until you no longer see the definite lines between the two colors.
- Finally, swipe blush onto your cheekbones using the blush brush.
- Begin applying highlighter to the center of your forehead in a triangle shape, then down between your eyebrows and down the center of your nose. Apply it below your eyes and next to your nose, then down below your nose/upper lip and a small triangle on your chin.
- Apply contour to your hairline above your temples, then down the side of your face, below your cheekbones and down your jawline.
- Blend everything with your blending brush/sponge.
- Then apply blush to your cheeks and up towards the edge of your eyes.
- Apply highlighter to the center of your eyebrows and down your nose. Then apply it under your eyes, down your nose and up above your cheeks in a triangle shape. Apply it to the center of your chin as well.
- Add contour along the sides of your forehead, down the sides of your nose, then down your hairline, temples, jawline and below your cheekbone all the way to the sides of your mouth.
- Blend your lines with a blending brush/sponge.
- Once blended, apply blush to your cheeks and up to your temples.
The key with contouring is to highlight your features, slim your nose, chin or forehead with contour and blend, blend, blend. The blending technique may take some time to master, but the end look is worth it. Take your time and practice to perfect the contouring technique. Click here for more information about a makeup artist.