Contouring: We Came, We Highlighted, We Contoured!

I’m so excited to be finally writing this article on how to Enhance and Define your cheek bones and jaw line with my highlighting and contouring advice. I’m no inventor, this makeup skill has been in the world of fashion and beauty for years, and was recently popularised by social media celebrities. I have mastered this magical talent and want to share my new found knowledge with you. I’m  going to advise on learning how to highlight and contour to achieve a flawless glamorous look.

Step 1: What Is Your Face Shape?

Firstly, the most important step when highlighting and contouring is to identify your face shape. Depending on your face shape, there is a very slight difference on where to place your highlight and contour.

There are six face shapes to consider when determining which one is yours: Oval, Long, Round, Square, Heart, and Diamond.

Step 2: Start Contouring

To master this contouring you have a choice of using foundation, cream based or powder products, or a combination of all three.

I would start with a concealer a few shades lighter than your skin tone as well as a second concealer, foundation or powder a few shades darker than your skin tone.

Using your lighter concealer place the product over the areas where you will want to bring forward or cover up. These areas of your face would generally be the bridge of your nose, chin, under eye area and the middle of your forehead.

Once you’ve drawn on the lighter makeup continue with your darker choice of concealer, foundation or powder to the areas where you want to add more depth, also known as a shape of 3. These areas are generally the sides of your nose, the jawline, the hollows of your cheeks, your temples and the perimeter of your forehead.

It’s also possible to contour your eyes , neck, chest and body,

Step 3: Blend!

Now you can blend in all the lines of makeup you have created on your face. Contouring should  always look natural and effortless, try using a beauty blender sponge and or a kabuki makeup brush.

Once you have blended all of your beautiful makeup, if you had chosen to contour with a creamy product or foundation you can now apply a translucent powder to set your makeup,

Step 4: Highlighting

Another beauty favourite in the makeup community is highlighting, Alison known as strobing. Highlighters come in many different shades, in powders, creams, liquid or baked products.

The areas on your face to apply your chosen highlighter are your cheek bones, the bridge and tip of your nose, chin, Cupid’s brow and above your temples and eyebrows. You can also highlight the inner corners of your eyes as well as your brow bone.

Highlighting can give a dewy effect to your makeup look, or simple add that little bit of sparkle you need to brighten up your face.

Step 5: Finito!

You’re done!

Now you can finish the rest of your makeup! With practice, you will learn what is best for your own skin type and color over time. It is important to blend, blend, blend.

Your makeup should make you feel confident, so whatever look you feel most comfortable with, make that your go-to.

One more tip: Invest in a setting spray. This step is optional, but it is highly recommended.

How to Perfectly Contour Every Face Shape

We all have a different and unique look, everyone has a different face shape and therefore we cannot all contour the same way.

Of course we want to accentuate everyone’s different features and therefore each person’s individual face shape is considered in the glamorous world of contouring.

Contouring should be done differently for each person’s individual needs even though most of the techniques for contouring are the same. With the right product for your skin type,  texture, and color, plus the placement perfect for your unique bone structure, it can be easy.

All you have to do is break it down by your specific face shape.

A Heart Shaped Face

A heart-shaped face is wider along the forehead and gets narrower as you move from the eye to the jaw, ending in a pointed chin.

So with contouring techniques and the appropriate makeup, you can narrow a wide forehead, soften a strong jawline, and draw the eye away from a strong chin.

If the hair is tied in a pony tail, add a light contour across the top of the forehead, add a single curved line of product down the length of the jaw to soften and shape their features even more.

This is entirely optional and up to each person and their unique features to decide. This is simply intended as a basic contouring guideline and can be tweaked depending on your needs and preferences.

A Square Shaped Face

A square-shaped face means that it’s just about as long as it is wide (the width of their hairline and jawline are about the same)

For people with square-shaped faces, the basic contouring technique works best is to contour the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear narrower. I would also contour the area below your cheekbones, starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks, as well as under your jawbone to make your jawline appear narrower.

A Round Shaped Face

A round shape face usually is about as wide as it is long,. You usually have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline. Therefore you can contour on the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow. You can also contour the area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks. finish by adding a curved line down the jawline to lengthen the look of the face, if you prefer.

A round face generally looks great with a light contour across the forehead and a stronger contour under the cheekbones. This will appear to draw attention to the cheekbones while subtly narrowing the forehead.

An Oval Face Shape

An oval face shape sort of resembles an upside-down oval and has no major points along the jaw, chin, or hairline.

Instead of the forehead shading appearing to narrow the forehead, as it does for round face shapes, it’s meant to shorten the overall length. Its all about playing with light, depth, and proportions to enhance your face’s specific features.

Aside from the forehead contour, add product below the cheekbones for extra definition: start from the ears and end at the middle of the cheek to keep it looking natural, not severe (avoid making an oval face look too narrow with heavy contouring).

Remember, you don’t have to be an expert to contour your own face. These are just helpful guidelines to achieve the best, most natural looking effect for your specific face shape.

Feel free to experiment, tweak, and play with the rules (because, after all, makeup is meant to be fun and unique for everyone).

These Contour Tips Will Give You Defined Cheekbones ASAP. We’re in the age of authenticity, contouring is all about embracing our natural features be subtle with your new found technique. We have given you contouring tips to make it look as real and natural as possible. Contouring is a way to subtly define and enhance your features. Find your natural contour line and let that be your guide.

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