If you haven’t heard of contouring yet, you must have been living under a rock. Contouring is one of the cheapest yet most effective ways to sculpt your face and make it look slimmer and more chiseled. It’s a makeup trick that many beauty enthusiasts love to use in order to get a more Instagram-worthy makeup look. If you’re new to contouring or if you feel like you have yet to master it, check out these contouring tips for the best face of your life.
Perfect Your Base
The key to having a well-contoured face is having the perfect base. Without the right foundation match, your contour might not show up and make too much of a difference so be sure to perfect your base before anything else. Using liquid foundation and concealer is better, too, since these products stay in place better than powder when blending.
Pick the Right Product
Picking the right product for contouring depends on the effect you want to achieve. Do you want to look naturally chiseled or are you going for a more dramatic look? For a naturally contoured face, I would recommend going for cream-based products. These appear much lighter on the skin but are still able to give full impact. Matte powders are best for bold, glam contoured looks.
Contour According to Your Face Shape
Most girls who contour have one goal in mind and that is to look as good and as chiseled as Kim Kardashian, the queen of contouring. However, that’s not always the best thing to aim for. Your contouring style should fit your face. Here’s a guide to help you figure it out.
Map Your Face
Face-mapping may sound like something super technical and difficult, but it’s really just figuring out where the lighter and darker colors go. You’ll want to put contouring product on the hollow areas of your face including the hollows of your cheeks, just beneath your jaws, your temples, the sides of your nose, and a little bit under your lower lip.
Blend It Like You Mean It
No matter how good you are with placing the product on the right areas or how expensive your makeup and how high-end your tools are, your contour isn’t gonna look fabulous and on point if you don’t blend it well. Your goal when blending is to make the transition from your highlight color to your contour color and then your skin color look as seamless as possible. This way, your contour looks more natural.
Feeling ready to contour yet? Try out these tips and let us know how they work out for you!