Contouring is the make-up trend that has taken over the makeup industry by storm. There are but a handful of women who do not spend the extra time to contour their faces but for those of you that don’t and want to try, here are a few tips to help you contour like a pro.
STEP 1: COLOUR CORRECTING
Colour correcting is a must in any daily make up regime. Colour correcting allows you to cover up any skin discoloration like blemishes, dark circles, spots etc. Apply your colour correcting concealer shade(s) sparingly to targeted areas and blend well.
STEP 2: APPLY FOUNDATION
The next step is pretty self-explanatory, apply foundation. We all have our favorite brands of foundation and some (if you are like me) use 2 different shades to make a matching tone for your natural skin tone. Despite if it is one shade or a mix of two shades you need to be sure you smooth the foundation onto your skin and then buff it onto your face using a makeup blender to help ensure your foundation goes on uniformly.
STEP 3: CONCEAL
As most of us know, sometimes foundation can’t cover every single imperfection. If you can still spot a blemish peeking through, you’ll want to follow with concealer on wherever you’re in need of a little extra coverage, then blend out with your makeup blender.
STEP 4: FIND YOUR HIGHLIGHTING AND CONTOURING PRODUCTS
Finding the right contouring pallet is very important. You’ll need two products: one for highlighting and one for contouring. For highlighting, pick a colour that’s two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For contouring, pick a colour that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Once you have the shades you want to use, you are now ready to start contouring.
STEP 5: HIGHLIGHT
You need to take your highlighter and apply it to the key areas of your face. These areas are under your eyes, around the inner corners of your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, in between your eyebrows, beneath the arch of your eyebrows, above your cheekbones, along your cupid’s bow, and down the centre of your chin. As highlighter can come in both powder and liquid form, there are two ways of applying it. If you decide to use a powder, use a fan brush to apply it and if you are using a liquid highlighter use a makeup blender or your fingers.
STEP 6: DETERMINE YOUR FACE SHAPE
Since everyone is different, we all have different facial shapes and how you contour should depend on your face shape. Which means before you break out your chosen contour product(s), you’ll need to determine your face shape.
Square: This is if the width of your for head, cheekbones, and jaw are all nearly the same. Those with square-shaped faces should soften their edges by contouring along the perimeter of their face.
Round: This is if all your measurements are equal. The difference between a square-shaped face and a round face is that you’ll have gentle, rounded corners. Those with round-shaped faces should create a more angular shape by contouring the sides of their forehead, along their temples, below their cheekbones, and on their jawline.
Oval: This is if your forehead is larger than your jawline and your face length is larger than the width of your cheekbones. Also, the angle of your jaw will be rounded. Those with oval-shaped faces should focus on contouring smaller details they may want to perfect. For example, if you want a smaller-looking nose, contour down either side of your bridge.
Long or oblong: This is if your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size, but your face length is the largest. Those with oblong-shaped faces should create the illusion of a shorter shape by focusing contour product along their forehead and jawline.
Heart: This is if your forehead is the widest part of your face. Your chin will also be pointed, and you may have a widow’s peak at your hairline. Those with heart-shaped faces should contour the bottom half of their face to smooth the shape of their chin.
Diamond: This is if you have a pointed chin and high cheekbones, with a narrower hairline than that of a heart-shaped face. Those with this face shape should contour the sides and centre of their forehead to make it appear longer.
STEP 7: CONTOUR
Now it’s time to contour! Reach for the contour (darker) product (you have chosen and use it to accentuate specific areas on your face. Popular places to contour include along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and along the sides of your nose. However, for the best results, be sure to contour according to your face shape—as detailed above. Once you have applied it to where you want, you can then blend it out smoothly onto your skin. Once you have done this, take a clean blending brush and use it to blend out and diffuse any harsh lines.
STEP 8: SET EVERYTHING
Now you have contorted and after putting in all that effort to be sculpted to perfection, you’ll want your contoured look to last as long as you require it too, so you’ll need to set your makeup. This can be done with setting powder or you can use a setting spray to seal your look.