I know all of you have heard the word “contour” a million times over since Kim Khardashian has sort of made it a huge phenomenon, We see all these crazy looking pictures on Pinterest of women with 50 million different colors of foundation slabbed all over their face. Looks scary, right? Later down the line, I will explain the method behind the madness and go more in depth with that technique. For now, I am going to explain an easier way, a sort of Contouring for Dummies tutorial.
The whole point of contouring is to make shadows on the face in the correct areas to make them appear thinner, smaller, or lifted. We all know the perfect face shape is an oval. With contouring, we can essentially make all face shapes appear to be an oval.
Here is a simple way to achieve this:
Start off by using your foundation and concealer as you normally would. Let me remind you a few key points when it comes to foundation. Blend, blend, blend on your neck, by your ears, and along your hair line. Choose the correct shade of both the foundation and the concealer. Be wary of choosing a concealer too light. This will only highlight the flaws or blemishes and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.
Next, decide what face shape you are. Pull your hair back and stare in the mirror. Look at your forehead, chin, and the width of your cheekbones. You may be between two face shapes. Its okay. You can customize your own contour over time.
This photo shows what areas on each face need to be shadowed and the others that need to be highlighted. We highlight certain areas to, well, highlight them. We want the eye to be drawn there and for them to stand out to, again, create the oval face shape. (Notice, the oval face shape in this photo needs no shadows.)
Find a bronzer in a medium shade (not like an oompaloopa or to soft to notice). We want the bronzer to be more matte. Too much shimmer or sheen will create the opposite effect of creating depth and shadows. Our eyes are drawn to glitter (duh). Use a blush brush to apply the bronzer in the areas you need. A blush brush holds more product and is small and more easily controlled. You can be slightly heavy handed to assure you are creating noticeable shadows. Blend. Use a powder or kabuki brush to then blend your lines of the contouring.
A little tip to help you find your cheekbones. Hold a pen or pencil to your cheek and press it down to feel for the bone. Adjust the high end of the pen to find the level of degree your cheek bone goes. Contour in the hollow below the cheekbone. Its a little cheater.
Highlight the other designated areas. Choose a translucent powder that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone. A highlighter can have some shimmer. Be careful of over doing it on the shimmer though for this may make your face look greasy especially if you have oily skin. Use a powder brush to apply the highlighter. It holds less product and will create a lighter, softer look.
If you are blush person, choose a blush that accentuates your skin tone. If you are a warmer skin tone, choose a shade like coral. If you are a cooler skin tone, try a more plum or deeper pink color. Only apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Smile at yourself in the mirror. And while you are at it, tell yourself you are beautiful. Smiling will automatically show you where your apples are. Just don’t get the blush too close to your nose. You will look like you have a cold.
Once again, this is the simplest way I have used to contour a face. Its an easy way to achieve the “perfect oval shape” without have to apply a few different foundations. Its quicker and a more everyday contour. Play around and practice. Take the time to examine your face shape and to determine the areas that need to be smaller or lifted and the areas that need to stand out.
A more in depth version of contouring will come soon.