A Beginner's Guide to Contour

Makeup is an art, especially when it comes to contouring. Think about it, contouring is using pigment to chisel and sculpt the look of your face by deepening and enhancing the way light hits your face throughout the day. Many of us are equally intimidated and intrigued by this makeup method. Contouring creates this sculpted technique by focusing on using a shade deeper and one shade lighter than your actual skin color to achieve this dimensional effect. The idea of temporarily manipulating the shape of your face seems intense, but it is  not so intimidating with a few easy steps. 

Step 1: Find a bronzer a few shades darker than your skin tone

This can be a a darker foundation or concealer. Using a cream bronzer and topping it off with a powdered bronzer will help get you a contour that is long lasting. Bronzer is best applied based on your face shape. It is important to mainly focus the product on areas like the hallows of the cheeks, jawline, temples, and hairline based on how you would like to contour. 

 

Step 2:  Highlight your high points with a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone

You can use a lighter concealer or a highlight to enhance where the light would naturally reflect on your face. Be sure to focus on the tops of your cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of the nose, forehead and chin. 

 

Step 3: Blend it out!

Use a wet beauty blender and pat out the pigment starting with the lightest pigment first. Repeatedly tap until blended for a natural look. Top off the concealed areas with a highlighter to enhance the high points of the face after everything is blended.

 

How to Contour Like a Pro Based on Your Face Shape

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