Contouring is something that is not so new to the step by step process of putting on makeup. Before you apply any makeup, look at your face and notice all the natural contour spots (these are the natural shadows in your face). These are the features that you will contour. I can not talk about contour without talking about highlighting, however, I will have another post about highlighting later in the future. With that being said, the key to highlighting&contouring is to BLEND BLEND BLEND. Blend your life away because trust me when I say you DO NOT want those harsh lines on your face; it is not a good look. Enough blabbering, lets get into the steps:
1. Pick the features to contour
- These features should include: your cheek, the outlining of your forehead, the sides of your nose, and your jaw line.
- When contouring your check, you want to start from the top where your side burn start and work your way down in a “C” motion; do not contour going straight down because it will not look right. Do not go too far down to where the product touches your mouth.
- This is simple and easy. Contour in front of you hairline all the way around (this compliments the shape of you face). Connect this with the contour of your cheeks.
- You want to be careful with this step. I suggest using one shade lighter than the normal shade you are contouring other features with. Because if you are like me, your nose is a little lighter than most parts of your face. After you have discovered the color you want to contour your nose with simply start at the beginning of your eyebrow and work your way down to the bottom tip of your nose.
- This step is also simple. Start below your earlobe and work your way under your chin. You do not really have to blend this part BECAUSE you are not going to add more product to your brush; use the remaining product on your brush to contour this feature.
Below is a great high end and low end product to contour&highlight with. The product one the left is from NYX which retails at $12.00. The product on the right is from MAC cosmetics and it retails at $40.00. Both of these great products come in three different shades, light, medium, and dark. I have also provided a contour picture so you can have an idea of how to contour.