As intimidating as the word “contouring” may sound, believe me, it’s just as simple once you understand what it really means. Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face (by shading & highlighting) to enhance the facial structure through makeup. It’s not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition or an illusion. Remember:
- Contours are meant to be matte, while highlight is meant to have shimmer
- The contour shade should typically be two shades darker than your skin tone & highlighter should be lighter
- If you’re using powders to contour, you’ll get a more matte finish; If you use creams (easier to blend & build), the result will be more dewy
- Always always always blend it in & avoid any demarcation
Now, which part of your face you need to contour depends a lot on your face shape. I have tried to simplify this below using some examples to explain this. Oval Face This is often considered to be the ideal face shape. You do not need to contour as your face shape is already symmetrical. Just remember that light shades appear more prominent and darker shades decrease the size of the area. Diamond Shape Contour at the cheeks to minimize width Highlight you forehead, under your eyes & your chin to draw attention to the center of your face Oblong Face Contour across the lower section of your chin to shorten your face length Apply blush to the apples of your cheek to widen your face Heart Face Contour at the temples & cheeks to diminish the width of your upper face Square Face
Contour on either sides of your jawline, blending up to the bottom of your ears Round Face Contour to your temples, cheeks & jawline to create an illusion of an oval shape Hope this helps you guys! Drop in a comment if you have further queries on contouring.