How to Contour Makeup

How to Contour Makeup

Contouring can be intimidating for beginners, but it's a great way to highlight your features or to create  illusions for your face, for example, to change the shape of your face and make a round face appear slimmer.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you on how to start and contour makeup like a pro! We will give you tips on what products to use and how to use them.

What Is Contouring Makeup?

This is used to enhance or change the shape of the face and define your features. It is usually accomplished by using a dark color to create shadows and a light color to create highlights.

Contouring can be used to make features appear more prominent, to hide flaws, or to create an overall more youthful appearance.

How to Contour Your Face Using Makeup

Contouring is a great way to add definition to your face and accentuate your best features. When done properly, it can give you a natural, sun-kissed look.

Follow these simple steps to contour your face using cosmetics. 

Step One: Choose the Right Foundation Shade

Start by finding the right foundation shade. If you have a light to medium complexion, use one or two shades darker than your skin tone In contrast, choose three or four shades darker than your skin tone if you have a dark complexion.

Step Two: Apply Concealer

Choose a concealer one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and use it in the areas of your face that you want to highlight.

Be sure to blend the concealer well, so there are no visible lines. Pay particular attention to areas such as the hairline, forehead, and jawline.

Step Three: Choose Your Contour Shade

If you have a light complexion, use a bronzer two shades darker than your skin tone.Use a bronzer three shades darker than your skin tone for those with a medium complexion, and if you have a dark complexion, use a bronzer four shades darker than your skin tone.

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Step Four: Apply Powder

Using a round brush, apply powder to the areas of your face you want to shadow. Thoroughly blend it so that there are no distinguishable lines.

Step Five: Adding Highlights

Using a brush, apply a highlighter to the areas of your face that you want to accentuate. A common and popular place to add highlighter is the cheekbones.

Now that you know how to contour, give it a try and see how it enhances your features! Don't be afraid to experiment with different shades and products to create the perfect look for you.

The Benefits of a Contoured Face

This process will:

Help you achieve a natural, sun-kissed look

If you have a fair complexion, it can help you achieve a bronzed look without using a self-tanner or bronzer. It can also help you create the illusion of fuller lips and make your forehead, cheekbones, and hairline appear more defined.

Make your features pop

It can also be used to make your features pop. For example, if you have prominent cheekbones, you can use contouring to accentuate them. If you want your eyes to appear more open, you can use it to create the illusion of wider eyes. It can also make your nose appear smaller or more defined.

Help you look more awake

If you have puffy eyes or dark circles, if you apply contour processes, it can help you look more awake. By applying a darker shade of contour cream under your eyes, you can create the illusion of shadows, making your eyes appear less puffy and more open.

Contouring is a great way to enhance your features and create a natural, sun-kissed look. If you're new to contouring, start with a light hand and build up the product gradually until you achieve the desired look.

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Contouring can be a great way to enhance your features and give you a more polished look, so it’s an important part of makeup application.

However, it is important to do it correctly so that you don't look like a different person or, worse – like a clown.

You can find a more in-depth, visual explanation from a YouTube tutorial, or a guide you can find online.

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