A handful of women were blessed with a genetic goody bag full of wonderful treats like high cheekbones, a defined nose, and a chiseled jaw – the rest of us…well, we got a contouring brush.
Let’s get to know our faces. Accentuate the good (contour the rest), and find comfort in knowing that every woman on the cover of a magazine had the same thing done to her.
What is “Contouring”?
Contouring is the act of using dark or light colors to make features recede or become prominent, respectively. Contouring adds definition, structure, and dimension. Contouring can be used on the face, decollate, abdomen, or any part of the body that needs definition.
What You Will Need?
There are several ways to contour. Your tools will depend on the method you choose.
Contouring with liquids or creams
- Concealer or liquid highlighter (2 – 3 shades lighter than skin tone)
Contouring with Powders
- Matte bronzer or powder 2-3 shades darker than skin tone
- Highlighting powder
- A makeup sponge
We’re using Kim Kardashian as an example here. Her strong, exaggerated features provide the perfect canvas for showcasing the dramatic effects of contouring.”
This is an exaggeration of the contoured face. Both highlights and contours should be blended at the edges to create a seamless look.
Your completed look should be well blended and seamless. Your highlights and contours should play together to create depth and dimension.
I find that a good powder bronzer and highlighter do the job on a day-to-day basis. For a more dramatic camera-ready look, I like to layer the contours – cream/liquid foundation contours, setting powder, then bronzer and highlighter contours.