There are numerous YouTubers and social media influencers who are constantly talking about the apt ways of contouring. Varied websites and blogs have also come up with contouring tips. Still, you find contouring to be tricky, right? Applying the foundation or bronzer in a way to ensure it enhances your facial features is not everyone’s cup of tea. The spread of wrong information has further added fuel to the confusion. This process becomes all the more enigmatic when you don’t know the tools to be used or the correct steps of precedence needed to be followed to get the desired effect.
Basics of Contouring
Regulating the degree of light and shadow on your face is the essential function of contouring. Proper contouring aids in enhancing your jawline and cheeks to make you look all the more attractive.
Mainly, two kinds of products are used for contouring- highlighting and shading products. Use the light highlighting products to emphasize or give prominence to your features. If you want to make any feature look obscured, use the dark shading products. Have a look at the two categories of contouring.
If you want to go for a natural look while accentuating your features simultaneously, go for basic contouring. Basic contouring makes your cheekbones look prominent, enhances your jawline, and adds profundity to your eyes. Also, your chin and eyebrows get highly accentuated with basic contouring. Your forehead and nose get highlighted in the process.
With corrective contouring, make your face look either fuller or slimmer. This mode of contouring lets you adjust your facial features. If you have a high forehead, corrective contouring allows you quickly reduce the forehead space. It gives you a charming look by shortening your nose, concealing double chin, and lifting your well-arched brows.
4 Basic Steps of Contouring
- Step 1: Selection of Proper Makeup Products and Tools
For contouring, you’ll require both highlighting and shading products. Make the choices based on their finish, color and formula.
Shading/Dark-Coloured Makeup Products
Finish: Go for products with a matte fashion. Avoid using any shimmer sort of products.
Colour: Select products that are 2 to 3 times darker than your skin tone. Avoid products that have a reddish or orangish tone. Similarly, avoid bronzers since these are shimmery and result in an orangish undertone. Go for greyish undertones to make it look more natural. This is important to give the impression that a natural shadow has fallen on your skin. Select one shade darker product if you have a fair complexion.
Formula: Based on your skin type, go for either powder or cream. Powder makeup is the best option if you are an amateur at makeup and have got oily skin. After you have become well-acquainted with contouring, you may go for creams. Creams are the most suitable for dry skins and do not get settled within the skin’s fine lines.
Highlighting or Light-coloured Products:
Finish: Though you can use shimmer, it’s better to go for products with a matte or satin finish to get a completely natural look and nothing over-dramatic. Anyways, if you use shimmer, limit its application only to the areas of cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes, anywhere above or below the arch of eyebrows, and a little area above the cupid’s bow over your upper lips.
Colour: Go for 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone and not more than that.
Formula: Whether to use cream or powder depends upon your skin tone and how expert you’re at the makeup skills. As has been already saying, applying powders is more straightforward and a lot more manageable for the novice, especially if she has got oily skin. Creams give a far bolder and more natural look and are the best choice for those having dry skin.
Makeup Tools: Brushes and Tools
For Cream Highlighter Makeup Products:
- For applying the cream highlighter, you may use your fingers, blender, brush, or wedged sponge.
- You may directly apply the cream highlighter using a brush. Else, if you’re using a cream stick highlighter, apply it directly to your face.
For Powder Highlighter Products:
- To cover large areas, use a brush, be it a fan, tapered, or angled.
- Applying the powder to the smaller regions of the nose or eyebrows goes for a smaller and more pointed brush.
For Cream Shading Products:
- Use a concealer-like brush, blender, or wedged sponge for applying the cream highlighter.
- An angled brush works well for small areas such as the sides of the nose.
For Powder Shading Products:
- To apply shading to cheekbones, use an angled brush.
- Use a small shading brush for application on smaller areas.
Step 2: Be Sure of the Look that You Want to Get as the Result
Applying the products while keeping in mind the result/look you intend to get is essential. You may go for basic contouring or corrective contouring. Decide on the features that you want to accentuate and hide. Focus on the features where you wish to make the changes and work accordingly.
Step 3: Determination of Face Shape
Contouring, to a large extent, depends upon your face shape. Determine if your face is round, oval, square, long, diamond or triangle. Accordingly, applying the products. This will result in the perfect contouring of your face.
Step 4: Selecting the Areas to Apply the Makeup Products
- To define your cheekbones, follow the bone structure of your cheekbones. Now, apply the highlighter along the very top part of your cheekbones.
- To accentuate your jawline, avoid using any shimmer. Blend in a downward direction onto the neck.
- To add depth to your eyes, apply the shading product to the crease of your eyelid. You may use a shimmery highlighter at the inner eye corner.
- Apply a highlighter above the cupid’s bow to make people think you’ve got fuller lips.
Contouring is not that difficult, provided you’ve got the right equipment for it. Understand your skin tone and the target areas. And, you’ll get the perfect look!