BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CONTOURING & HIGHLIGHTING- HOW TO CONTOUR FOR BEGINNERS

Have you heard about contouring? Well if you haven’t you must be living under a rock. Let us explain to you what contouring is and how it can help you in manipulating your features to make them look more appealing and flattering. Or if you do know what contouring is but haven’t quite mastered it yet, stay tuned as we will be share our expert tips and tricks.

The first step is to always moisturize your face and then apply your corrector and foundation on top. Make sure to use a damp beauty blender for a flawlessly blended application. After that conceal and high light your face using a concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation shade.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Highlight your T-zone, under-eye area in the form of a triangle, bridge of your nose, and area around the nostrils, chin, and the area above your jawline. Make sure to blend it completely using taping motions with a beauty blender, so it doesn’t leave any harsh lines or move the product too much. Once blended you will see that it creates more dimension to your face and will accentuate the higher points on your face and give you a natural glow.

CONTOURING:

The contouring mainly recedes and sculpts the features of your face to create an illusion of a more chiseled and toned look. Pick out a product that is darker than your foundation it can be another foundation in a darker shade or a concealer. With contouring it all depends upon your face shape and which areas of your face you would like to recede or contour; for example if you don’t like the shape of your nose or think it’s too big you can slim it down by contouring both sides of your nose. The same goes for your forehead & jawline. The face shape that is considered ideal is the oval face shape, and you should always aim your contouring to achieve an oval shape. Otherwise you can only contour the parts you don’t like or want to make them look smaller.

Each person is different, but let us just give you a rough idea of which parts people like to contour mostly.

  1. Under your cheekbone: Begin contouring from the top of your ear along the hollow of your cheekbone towards the corner of your lip but not all the way to your mouth. Make sure to apply the product just at the right place, not too high or low, because that will make your face look out of proportion.
  2. Forehead: Contour side of your forehead around the temples and the starting of your forehead along the hairline. This will make your forehead look smaller and make your face look slimmer and oval.       
  3. Jawline: Draw a contour line along your jawline, starting below your earlobes from the corner of your jawline all the way to your chin.
  4. Nose: It is better to use your flat synthetic brush to apply the product on your nose, more narrow the lines are on each side of your nose, the slimmer your nose will look. Start contouring from the inner corners of your eyebrow all the way to sides of your nose.

Now blend out all the lines you have drawn on your face using a damp beauty blender in gentle tapping motions as you don’t want to wipe off or spread the product on the other areas of your face. Make sure to blend enough that there are no harsh lines, and the highlighted areas of your face look totally in sync with the contoured parts. Blend the concealer on your forehead upwards in your hairline for a natural effect while the contour on the jawline needs to be blended towards the neck to make your face look more chiseled and with a sculpted jawline.

For nose, grab a small angled brush for precision and go along the product to soften the drawn outlines and blend it out.

You will see that now your face looks more sculpted, slimmer and toned. Now you can either go ahead with the powder contour and highlighting powder to set your cream/ liquid foundation you used earlier. That pretty much is all you need to know about contouring if you have any questions or inquiries feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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