Contour: Everything you need to know about contouring

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

Although the contouring trend isn’t at its peak right now. They’re still drawn to the idea of a sculpted look, albeit one that’s more natural than in previous years. Because it’s not always obvious which products to use and where on your face to sweep them, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to contour your face.

What exactly is contouring?

Contouring is the process of using makeup to shape a portion of the face and enhance the facial structure. It’s a technique that was once reserved for runway models and high-end photo shoots is now part of many people’s daily routines, thanks in part to celeb and Instagram makeup artists who love the chiseled look.

Contouring and highlighting used to be about transforming your entire face to look a certain way, but now it’s about embracing your natural shape and adding realistic-looking depth and dimension to your face.

Contouring is all about enhancing your face shape and adding dimension to your face by sculpting the features. The goal of contouring correctly is to create shadows on the face. These shadows can give the appearance of higher cheekbones, a stronger jawline, fuller lips, and other features.

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What’s the distinction between contour and bronzer?

We understand that you have two products that appear to be nearly identical, but they are not, and each serves a unique purpose. To begin, a contour product should always be matte. To make the angles of your face pop more, you need a product that can give the illusion of a shadow (and shadows aren’t shimmer) while contouring.

Consider sunlight rather than shadows when applying bronzer. Bronzing is used to create the illusion of a warmer complexion by blending the product. Where the sun would naturally strike your face: temples, nose, sides of face, and so on.

For the perfect contour, experts recommend using a product three shades darker than your skin tone and staying within the same undertone family. If your skin is cool-toned, choose a cooler, greyish-brown shade.
And if your skin is warm-toned, choose a warmer, red-brown shade.

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The following step is to decide whether to use a cream or a powder. Makeup artists recommend considering your skin type and texture when choosing the right formula. Use a cream contour if your makeup settles into fine lines or if you have extremely dry skin. Use the warmth of your clean hands or a damp makeup sponge to apply and blend liquid or creamy products.

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