How To Contour: Because Some People Still Don't Actually Know

How To Contour: Because Some People Still Don't Actually Know

Contouring has been THE thing for a few years now and yet so many people still have no idea how to get those high cheekbones and striking jawlines. If you are one of those people, don't be ashamed! I can help you.

1). Prep Your Face

Before contouring, it is important to use a primer or foundation to even out your skin tone and create an easy surface to work with. This also helps the contour stay on longer.

2). Grab Something To Contour With

The beauty of this part of the process is that you can use anything: concealer, foundation, contour powder, contour sticks, eyeshadow—just remember that it needs to be about one to two shades darker than your real skin tone.

I like to use the NYX Cosmetics Cheek Contour Duo Palette in Wine & Dine.

3). Get Your Brush

Pick up your brush of choice (mine is the Sculpting Brush from Real Techniques) and get ready to paint on the contour. 

Make your best duck or fish face—or whatever you call it when you pucker up—and find your cheekbones. Use your brush to draw lines in the hollows of your cheeks, going from the temple outward. 

Then add some contour to the peripheries of your forehead and either side of your jaw. You can also put contour on the sides of your nose if you wish. Build on contour until you reach the desired level of depth. Remember to blend out so it looks natural!

4). Get Lit From Within

No, not like that. Just dabbing on some highlighter. Right now, I'm loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera (which Sophia showcased in Highlighter Heaven: 5 Glowy Products That I Can’t Wait to Try). 

Using my Real Techniques Setting Brush, I apply highlighter along my cheekbone and down in a triangular shape, down the bridge of my nose, across my forehead, on my brow bones, on my cupid’s bow and on the point of my chin. And then I blend like a fiend. 

5). Blush Time

Dipping back into that NYX cheek palette, I use my Studio Basics Brush Brush to apply blush to the apples of my cheeks. Smile; it'll help you locate yours!

Buff out using a light, circular motion. Add a touch to the tip of your nose for a natural, flushed look.

6). Use A Setting Spray.

Lock in your look by spritzing away. And presto, you're ready!

Other things to remember:

  • If you’re using a mix of cream and powder products while contouring (for example, if you use powder contour and cream highlighter), remember powders go on last!
  • Creams and liquids should be set with a translucent powder so nothing shifts throughout the day.
  • Choose the correct shades for your skin.
  • Blend, blend, blend! You want that seamless look, right?

Contour away, makeup mavens!

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