The Art Of Contouring | Beauty



Contouring – Learn To Do It Right

Taarini NB | 26 February 2015

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What was once a makeup technique reserved for celebrities on the red carpet is now a highly sought after skill for just about anyone. Yes, we’re talking about the holy grail of makeup tricks that is contouring.

Contouring is just that - accentuating the angles of your face by shading with powder or cream foundation, with darker matte shades on areas you want to de-emphasize and a slightly shimmery or frosty colour on areas you want to highlight.

Before embarking on contouring though, it is crucial to know that there is essentially no one set template since it all depends on the natural lines of your face.

As a simple rule of thumb, keep the center of your face lighter and the edges shadowy.


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Start with applying the highlighter or luminizer on the higher points of your face, which are the top of your cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid’s bow, middle of the forehead and chin.


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Then go in with a darker shade and trace a number ‘3’ from around the forehead to the jaw line, dipping in just under the cheekbone.


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Still feeling a little confused? Here are our five easy tips to place you right on track to chiseled perfection. The supermodels will have nothing on you now.

Helpful tips:

  • Always use a matte shade that is just one to two tones darker than your actual face powder. You can always build up the colour, so remember to start off with less product and gradually add more if necessary.
  • Always suck in your cheeks, and apply the contouring shade to the hollows of your cheeks, and up towards your temples. Don’t forget to blend them into your hairline and to apply it onto the jaw line as well so you get an overall contoured face.
  • If you have a small forehead, apply more highlighter and if you have a big forehead, go with less.
  • Use a smaller angled brush when contouring the nose, so you get more precise shading down the nose bridge. For the rest of the face, go with a medium sized angled brush.
  • Don’t combine different product textures. Pick a single texture across your highlighter, bronzer or foundation and stick to it. For starters, powders are easier to blend but cream-based or liquid formulas provide greater coverage and longer wear. Just remember not to mix cream with powder.

This blogger tutorial video courtesy Mr. Jovita George should make it a lot easier to achieve the desired contour look. Get inspired already!

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