By Ugochi Obiajunwa
What comes to your mind on hearing the word Contouring? Does the word put fear into you being a makeup novice? It’s actually not that hard, if you follow our simple steps.
What is contouring? It’s a makeup technique that uses bronzer and highlighter to sculpt the face and accentuate your best facial features. Contoured faces have long been as much of a red-carpet staple as floor-length evening gowns, though it was more of a Hollywood secret until Kim Kardashian blew it wide open. Now, contouring has become a part of everyday makeup routines. All thanks to our beauty influencers out there.
Though contouring may feel intimidating for those of us without a team of makeup artists, it’s actually fairly simple. All you just need is a contour powder or cream, a couple of brushes and the right tips
- Assemble Your Tools Before you can start contouring; you need the right makeup tools. First, ready your brush arsenal: an angled bronzing brush, a dense fluffy powder brush and a domed shadow brush.
- Next, pick your contour powder. Since you’ll be using the same powder all over your face, color and consistency are really important. Contouring powder should be fine and easy to blend. Avoid bronzers with orange undertones (you’re not trying to look like you have a tan). Instead, opt for a slightly taupe-gray shade. The goal is to mimic an actual shadow on your face, so you appear naturally chiseled. A cool-toned contour powder will achieve this, as long as it’s matte. Anything with sparkle or shimmer will add light, and we want to subtract light in order to create the illusion of depth.
- Choose a shade that’s one to two shades darker than your foundation. This subtle difference in hues will keep the look understated and believable. Now, you’re ready to start contouring.
- The most essential of all contouring techniques is the cheekbone chisel. The key to getting it right is correct placement of your contour powder.
How to: Dip your angled bronzer brush ever so slightly into the powder and tap off any excess. It’s much easier to add more product than it is to tone it down once you’ve made a mistake.
- Pucker your lips. This will create a hollow in your cheek, showing you exactly where to add the powder. Gently blend the powder into this concave area, starting at your ear and blending inward. Don’t shade any further inward than the outer corner of your eye to really create a believable shadow placement. Blend with your fluffy powder blush. It’s crucial that you blend upward, melding your contour with your blush, rather than downward, which can give you a false look
- Add a Forehead Shadow: Contouring your forehead will keep your look cohesive. Plus, it minimizes a large forehead.How to: Lightly dip your angled brush back into the contour powder. Tap off excess powder and apply it along your hairline, at the top of your forehead and to the sides. Blend harsh edges with your fluffy brush, pulling the powder down a bit above your temples. This will mimic a natural shadow on your face
- Define Your Nose: Your nose might not be an area you’ve thought to contour, but with a few makeup brush strokes, you can make it look slimmer and straighter.How to: Gently dip the tip of your eye shadow brush into your contour powder. To make your nose look more slender, blend along both sides of the bridge of your nose to create depth. Focus the powder on the middle third of your nose, and avoid blending up too far, as powder on the bridge of your nose may make you look dirty.
- Open Your Eyes: Did you know contouring works on eyes too? Whether due to age or sleepiness, droopy eyes are a common problem among women. But instead b over cash for a brow lift, you just need to know how to wield your contouring kit.How to: First, find your eye crease: Feel with your finger to figure out where the top of your eyeball is. Concentrate your contour above this divot, being careful not to put powder in your actual crease. You’re faking a crease that’s higher than it actually is to give yourself an instant eyelift.
Dust the shadow onto that area and swipe back and forth with a windshield-wiper motion. Blend out harsh edges so the crease looks natural.
- Give Your Temples Attention: Your temples are a key place to contour because it will make your whole face look sleek.How to: Dip your fluffy brush into your contour powder, and swirl a bit of powder right at your hairline on your temples. Blend like crazy back toward your hairline so the shadow is completely seamless.
- Contour Your Jawline: Try contouring your jawline.How to: Dip your angled makeup brush lightly into the contour powder. Then, blend the powder on the underside of your jaw. Be sure you don’t blend upward aunless, of course, you want it to look like you’ve grown a beard.
Blend downward onto your neck with a fluffy brush. You want to create a believable shadow under your jaw.
- Last Look: Step back from your mirror to see how your whole face is coming together. Are there harsh edges? Blend those out. Could any hollows use a bit more product? Go for it. Once you’re happy with your appearance, check out your contouring in the lighting you’ll be in to be sure everything looks how you want it to look.