In the world of makeup contouring is an essential part of creating the flawless look we all crave. In the case you don’t contour your face, you should start right now as it helps to define your features – creating the appearance of slimmer nose or chin and higher cheekbones, long story short – your face will look 100 times better than before. This technique was popularized mostly by Kim Kardashian.
I mean, look at her nose, looks like she’s got a nose job but it’s done just by using some makeup, amazing right?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
Contouring is not an difficult process. All you need is a beauty blender or a brush and the right product. There is a huge offer of contouring kits on the market, however, you can always buy the products individually, that means a bronzer, a concealer or/and a highlighter and a blush. Just make sure all the products used are either cream or powder – don’t mix the two together.
I personally recomend the NYX CREAM CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT PALETTE and the NYX HIGHLIGHT & CONTOUR PRO PALETTE. Both of them are very easy to use and not as expensive as the high end products yet they work the same. However, once you have applied any contouring products it’s essential to blend it very well for that flawless, natural look.
HOW TO CONTOUR YOUR FACE
- Apply a foundation that matches your skin tone just like you would normally do. Don’t forget to apply it on your neck as well!
- Grab a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone and apply it to the places on your skin where the sun would naturally hit, these areas include: the center of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose, along the top of your brow lines (to lift the brow and brighten the eyes), in the center of your chin and on your cupid’s bow.
- Choose a darker foundation/bronzer and apply it to the places where your face would be naturally shadowed. (TIP: Stand below a light and observe the light hitting your face, this will help you find the right areas). You need to apply it to: along the sides of your nose, in the hollows of your cheeks (to find them, suck your cheeks in), along the hairline on your forehead (to shorten your forehead) and along your jawline on both sides (to make your face look slimmer).
- Blend well.
- Add highlighter to the places where you used a concealer before to make these areas stand out even more.
- Choose the righ blush – for pale skin use pink/coral, for medium rose/apricot and for dark skin tone use red/plum. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks on the area which is most full when you smile (it helps to actually smile while applying it).
- Apply a setting powder to set the final look!
And that’s it! It takes just a few minutes and the result is absolutely worth it!
Hope you enjoyed this post!