How To Contour Your Face Properly While Applying Make-up

Contouring your face helps define your features, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones and a slimmer nose and chin. With the right products and equipment it's easy to do on your own. Once you've applied your contouring makeup, remember to blend well for a flawless, natural look.

How To Contour Your Face Properly While Applying Make-up

Getting the Right Products

Start with the foundation the colour of your skin. Using a foundation the same (or close) colour as your skin evens your skin tone and provides a base you can build upon when you contour using lightest and darkest shades. Contouring your face without first applying foundation is much more difficult since skin tends to be uneven in colour. Your face could end up looking patchy instead of smooth and contoured.

  • Use a foundation composed of the same material as the other products you’ll be using; for example, use all cream products or all powder products, rather than mixing the two. Mixing textures can result in a caked-on look.
  • If you’re having trouble figuring out what colour to get, try matching your foundation to the skin on your neck. Your neck skin tends to be a bit paler than your face, and matching your foundation to your neck will ensure your face doesn’t end up looking darker when you’re finished doing your makeup.

Step 1: Map your face

With the darker of the two stick foundations, trace the temples. If you have a larger forehead, carry straight into the hairline to minimise it. To bring out your cheekbones, find the hollow part by placing your fingers on the sides of your face, and where you feel it dip underneath the bones, just above is where you place your pigment. With the nose, you can go a little bit narrower at the tip or you can carry it into the brow if you have a shorter nose to add length or width.

Step 2: Blend it

Take a damp beauty blender and tap over the area of the contour colour, merging it into your base foundation. Tap in small circular motions using the bigger, rounded end of the beauty blender because it has more space. But for details like the sides of the nose, flatten it and squeeze it into your hands.

Step 3: Get lit

Concentrate the lighter foundation stick underneath your eyes. If you want to go crazy you can do a little bit in the centre of the forehead and on the chin, and the bridge of the nose. Blend any excess product with a damp beauty blender.

Step 4: Dust it

With a fluffy brush, dust the entire face with loose powder. Translucent is best for securing a cream foundation.


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