Contouring is one of makeup artistry’s oldest secrets. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to supermodels of modern day have gotten contoured during their makeup sessions. Body contouring is popular during photo shoots where skin will be shown, while facial contouring is used for portraits. Contouring is a way to trick the human eye into making your facial features look different without having plastic surgery. It can be used to slim the nose and forehead, create sculpted cheekbones, erase a double chin, and make lips look larger. If you’d like to watch a video tutorial on how to properly execute this technique on yourself,
As you can see in my before photographs, while my makeup looks fine, it also looks somewhat flat and dull. My face is monochromatic without a contour or blush. To achieve the famous Kim Kardashian cheekbones effect, you can contour them. In the above video, I also show you how to properly make your forehead look smaller, your nose thinner and more defined, and your jawline and chin slimmer. The after effect is subtle, but noticable:
Tips for a perfect contour everytime:
- Use a powder or cream two shades darker than your skin tone.
- Be sure to apply a MATTE formula. No shimmer when contouring!
- Make a fishy face and suck in your cheeks to find the hollow underneath your cheekbones.
- Use a kabuki brush, or another large, fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines.
- Use a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to contour your nose.
Below is a handy diagram you can use to remind yourself where you can contour your face:
I used Coastal Scents Contour & Blush Palette and the Sigma SS168 angled contour brush in this video to contour with. Any product that is two shades darker than your skin tone will work as a contour…bronzer, blush, even foundation! Just be sure the product is no deeper than two shades darker than your skin tone.
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