How to Contour Your Face Like a Pro
Contouring is a makeup technique that can enhance your facial features and create the illusion of depth and dimension. Contouring can help you sculpt your cheekbones, slim your nose, define your jawline, and more. But how do you contour your face like a pro? Here are some tips and tricks to help you master this skill.
- Choose the right products. You will need a contour product that is two shades darker than your skin tone, and a highlight product that is two shades lighter. You can use cream, powder, or liquid products, depending on your preference and skin type. Cream products are more blendable and natural-looking, but they can also crease and fade faster. Powder products are more long-lasting and matte, but they can also look cakey and harsh. Liquid products are more versatile and easy to apply, but they can also be messy and hard to control.
- Use the right tools. You will need a brush or sponge to apply and blend your contour and highlight products. For contouring, you can use an angled brush, a flat brush, or a fan brush, depending on the area you want to contour. For highlighting, you can use a fluffy brush, a tapered brush, or a sponge, depending on the product you use and the effect you want to achieve.
- Know your face shape. Different face shapes require different contouring techniques to enhance their features and balance their proportions. For example, if you have a round face, you can contour along the sides of your forehead, under your cheekbones, and along your jawline to create more angles and definition. If you have a heart-shaped face, you can contour along the temples, under the cheekbones, and under the chin to soften the edges and create more symmetry.
- Apply your contour and highlight products strategically. You want to apply your contour product where you want to create shadows and depth, and your highlight product where you want to create light and dimension. A general rule of thumb is to contour along the hairline, under the cheekbones, along the sides of the nose, and under the jawline. You can also contour under the lips, along the chin, and on the neck for more definition. You want to highlight on the center of the forehead, on the bridge of the nose, on the tops of the cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow, and on the chin. You can also highlight under the eyes, on the brow bone, and on the inner corners of the eyes for more brightness.
- Blend well. The most important step in contouring is blending. You want to blend your contour and highlight products seamlessly into your skin and into each other, so that there are no harsh lines or patches. You can use circular motions, tapping motions, or sweeping motions to blend your products with your brush or sponge. You can also use a clean brush or sponge to soften any edges or excess product.
- Set with powder. To make your contouring last longer and prevent it from smudging or fading throughout the day, you can set it with a translucent powder or a powder that matches your skin tone. You can use a large fluffy brush to lightly dust powder over your entire face, or a small brush to target specific areas.
And that’s how you contour your face like a pro! Contouring can be fun and easy once you get the hang of it. You can experiment with different products, tools, and techniques to find what works best for you and your face shape. Remember to blend well and have fun!