Face Contouring (3 Step Guides)

What you need to know about face contouring and how to do it like a pro

Face contouring is an emerging trend in the world of beauty. It is simply the process of adding more beauty to a person’s face. It involves the art of defining a person’s facial features by creating outlines/highlights on a person’s face using make up products and blending the outlines in order to make the face look more balanced and attractive.  If you’re a beauty fanatic and you probably are thinking of ways to beautify yourself, you might want to consider adding contour to your make up routine. Contouring is not as hard as it seems.

Contouring is done by applying a shade of foundation which is a bit darker than the skin tone on certain areas of the face. Contouring is complimented with highlighting. Highlighting is usually done by applying a shade of which is a bit lighter than the skin tone on certain areas of the face. While highlighting is meant to brighten up the face, contouring is done to add more depth to the face to give the face a natural look.

What do you need to contour

  1. Skin treatments
  2. Foundation or concealer or contour pallette
  3. Setting powder
  4. Face powder
  5. Eye pencil
  6. Bronzer
  7. Blending brush
  8. Flat brush
  9. Face sponge
  10. Setting spray

How to contour in 3 steps

Step 1: Base laying

Base laying has to do with the basic make up procedures. It is simply the groundwork you need to do before contouring. It includes skin prep, foundation application, brows sculpting, shadow application,  and highlighting etc. You cannot get your contour right without laying your make up base.

Skin preparation is simply the process of preparing the face for make up using;  face wipes, meciller water, sweat block, moisturizer vitamin c, face primer, setting spray and other face treatments. Skin prep helps the make-up last longer on the face. However, the use of these skin prep treatments depends on your type of skin, so you have to consider your type of skin before purchasing these treatments.

After preparing the skin, you apply your foundation carefully using the sponge or blending brush making sure to cover all the flaws, and you might also want to draw your brows and apply your eyeshadow and lip stick, before proceeding to contour and highlight.

Step 2:  Contouring

It is important to understand that one doesn’t need any special contour kit to achieve this. You need two shades of foundations, one shade lighter than your skin tone and one shade darker than your skin tone. Be careful to pick shades that will work with your skin tone to avoid blemishes. Using the darker shade of foundation, create outlines on your hairlines, sides of the nose , the temples, cheekbones, jaw lines and chin.

Apply the contour foundation carefully on these areas and blend, you can simply suck in your cheeks to find your cheekbones because it is necessary to define the cheekbones. Defining the jaw lines and temples, gives the face a slimming look. When blending the jaw lines, be sure to blend it downwards, towards the neck to make the contour look more natural.

Step 3:  Highlighting

After blending the contoured areas, apply the lighter shade of foundation using a flat brush on the tip of nose, the area below the eyes, the tip of the lips, the middle of the forehead carefully and blend. After blending, carefully apply the setting powder on the highlighted areas using a brush and blend. Be sure to blend the contoured areas with your base foundation, then apply your face powder using the powder brush carefully all over the face and apply your setting powder.

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N/B: Be sure to blend properly to avoid cracks and breakages. Contouring gives you a slimmer nose and higher cheekbones and makes your face look more attractive. Highlighting compliments contouring, you cannot contour your face without highlighting, you won’t have the balanced look you need.  Also, your finishing is extremely important as you need to maintain a natural look after contouring

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