How to Contour Like a Pro


A secret of makeup artists for years, contouring has only just started to be used by everyday women to define and shape the face. It’s an amazing way to shape your nose, define your cheeks and create highlights and shadowing! Here’s a simple step by step guide:

What You’ll Need:

– A foundation brush

– An eyeshadow brush

– Liquid foundation in you natural skin tone

– A liquid foundation in a colour slightly darker than your natural skin tone (no more than 3 shades darker)

– Concealer, foundation or powder in a slightly lighter colour than your natural skin tone (no more than 3 shades lighter).

– Setting powder

The Steps:

1. After cleaning and moisturising your skin, apply your foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.

2. Feel the contours of your face. Apply the darker contour colour directly underneath your cheekbone, extending from the centre of your ear in a slightly downward motion. You will want to keep the contour application concise. If your brush feels too fluffy or large, pinch the bristles when you apply, this will give you more control.

3. Use a small eyeshadow brush to softly line both sides of the nose. If your nose is long, you may want to apply a little under the tip of your nose. Again, keep the applications concise.

4. Feel your jaw. You will apply your contour colour below your jawbone, making sure not to apply any colour to the actual bone. The point is to create a shadow below your jaw. If your jaw is large, you may bring the contour colour up on either side of the chin. This will make your jaw appear less bold.

5. Blend your contour colour into your hairline. Doing this helps make your face appear slimmer. Make sure to blend well into the hairline.

6. Apply the lighter makeup mixture to your T-zone (the area right above your eyebrows and the spot between them, if you have one; down the centre of your nose; the middle of your upper lip; and the middle of your chin), your under-eye area, and right above your cheekbones.

7. Use your fingers to blend your makeup until there is no visible line of demarcation between the highlighter and your foundation. You want this to look seamless.

8. Apply finishing powder to your whole face to get rid of any excess shine and set your makeup.

Have you guys tried contouring? Give it a try and let us know what you think!


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