Contouring is one of the most flattering steps anyone can take when applying their makeup. The shading technique enhances your features and leaves your face looking more chiseled and sculpted than ever before. A lot people are intimidated by contouring because they think it’s hard to do, but the truth is that there are a few easy steps to make it a lot simpler. The following five tips are perfect for beginners and cover everything from picking the right product to easy application.
Find Your Shade
Picking out the right shade is one of the essential steps in contouring. You don’t want to create harsh lines on your face with any pigments that are too dark, but you also don’t want to waste your time applying a product that is too light. The best way to find your right contouring shade is through the process of trial and error. Try out a few different cream or powder formulas in natural light and see which one you feel the most comfortable in. I never go two shades darker than my natural skin tone when shopping for new contouring picks.
Draw a Face Map
An easy contouring hack to follow is drawing out a face map. Because everyone’s face is shaped differently, your face map will be unique when compared to anyone else’s, but the overall process is the same. Find the hollow of your cheeks and draw some color in there and then add some to your temples, jawline, underneath your chin and underneath the center of your bottom lip. From there you’ll know the exact points that you’ll need to blend to get your perfect contour.
Another vital part of contouring is making sure that you blend your product in properly. The last thing you want is for your shade to look messy on top of the rest of your makeup, and not blending correctly also gives it room to streak and crease throughout the day. You’ll want to pick a product that is known for blending effortlessly as well as the right tools. Two of my favorites are the KKW Beauty Creme Contour Stick and Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer. For cream formulas, I prefer to use a damp beauty blender to blend out the product, and for powder an angled brush.
Seal It In
Now that you’ve nailed down the choosing the right products and applying them, it’s time to set it all in. Just because it looks perfect once you’re done, doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. It’s essential to apply a setting powder if you’re using a cream formula to help keep it in place. You can go for a translucent powder if you’re happy with the color, but if you want to deepen it up a bit, you can use your favorite bronzer.
Balance out the chiseled look you’ve created with your bronzing shades with some highlighter. The radiance will add a beautiful contrast to your skin, and we can all admit that we love glowing. Use a tapered brush to apply highlighter to your cheeks, down the bridge of your nose, and your Cupid’s bow.