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11 Easy Steps to Contour and Highlight Your Features

We all have those big occasions when we want people to sit up, take notice, and admire us. For most of us, these occasions come up too often to always seek help from a professional makeup artist. But what if we tell you that you can do your makeup on your own, use minimum products, and still look flawless?

Follow our simple tutorial and see how for yourself. 

Lets begin with the basics.

What is contouring?

It is a makeup technique which involves the use of different shades of makeup products to clearly define your features. If you want to highlight your high cheekbones or to downplay your broad forehead, contouring helps you do it. It is the best way to get a well-sculpted appearance.

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What will you need to Contour and Highlight Your Features?

You’ll just need the following everyday makeup products. The magic lies in selecting the right shades to suit your skin tone. Choose well for a natural look.

  • Liquid foundation in your natural shade.
  • Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter shade than your skin.
  • Concealer, foundation, or powder in a slightly darker colour than your skin.
  • Setting powder.
  • A powder brush.
  • A foundation brush/sponge.
  • A concealer brush.

How to pick the products of the right shade?

Don’t choose products that differ too much from your natural skin tone.

  • If you have fair skin: Use a very light shade to highlight and a medium colour to contour.
  • If you have darker skin: Use a highlight of medium shade and contour with a colour slightly darker than your skin tone.
  • If you have very dark skin: If you cannot find foundation deeper than your skin tone, you can use a dark eye shadow instead.

What else should I know about contouring?

Identifying your face shape

The first step of the contouring process it to identify your face shape. Knowing your facial shape lets you highlight the right features of your face. The general rule to contouring is to make the areas of your face where shadows fall darker and those parts of the face where light hits lighter.

Face shapes and contouring

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The following points help you identify your face shape:

  • Oval:
    1. Wide forehead.
    2. Tapers towards the chin.
    3. Prominent cheekbones.
    4. This is the ideal face shape.
  • Long:
    1. Elongated features from forehead to chin.
    2. Face tapers towards the chin.
    3. Some have a prominent chin.
  • Round:
    1. The width and length of a round face are almost the same.
    2. Cheek bones form the most prominent feature of round faces.
  • Square:
    1. The forehead, jawline and cheekbones of square faces are almost of the same width.
    2. Square and well defined jawline is a prominent feature.
  • Heart:
    1. Face tapers to/wards the chin.
    2. Chin is usually pointy.
    3. Wide forehead is a prominent feature.
  • Diamond:
    1. Face is highly angular and bony.
    2. It is widest at temples.
    3. This face shape is least common.

Which features have to be contoured and which highlighted?

Once you identify your face shape, you must know which features of your face you wish to highlight. In contouring, different shades of makeup products are used to bring those features to prominence. Based on facial shape, different parts of face should be contoured and highlighted. Here’s a quick guide:

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Oval:

Where to contour?

  • The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear narrower.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone. This brightens the area around your eyes.

Oblong:

Where to contour?

  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Square:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear more narrow.
  • Under your jawbone to make your jawline appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

Round:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Heart:

Where to contour?

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the narrower lower half.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.
  • The small area right below your chin to soften the point.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, which brightens your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Diamond:

Where to contour?

  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Know your skin type

Now that you identified your face shape, the next step is to identify your skin type. Contouring and highlighting products are available in different consistencies such as powder, cream, and liquid. Knowing which type of skin you have is therefore crucial to identify the product which best suits you. For example, if you have oily skin, you can choose a powder contouring kit. If you have dry skin, cream-based products are a good choice. Having said that, you can always choose a product you most comfortable working with despite your skin type.

How to do it?

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  • Step 1: Start by cleaning your skin with a face wash of your choice. Once you pat your skin dry, moisturize your skin.
  • Step 2: Apply foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 3: Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck (the portion of your neck not concealed by clothes).
  • Step 4: Mix your regular foundation with your lighter foundation using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 5: Now use the concealer brush to apply the lighter makeup mixture to the area right above your eyebrows, the centre of your nose, the middle of your upper lip, the middle of your chin, the area below your eyes and to the area above your cheekbones.
  • Step 6: Use the highlighting mixture to draw a thin line above your jaw line.
  • Step 7: Use a brush to blend your makeup until there is no visible difference between the shade of your skin and your foundation. It is important to blend smoothly for a flawless final look.
  • Step 8: Now apply the darker makeup or ‘contour’ on the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones and on the area around your hairline.
  • Step 9: Blend in your contour makeup the way you did with your highlight.
  • Step 10: Apply finishing powder all over your face. Do it smoothly to make it look seamless.
  • Step 11: Finally, apply blush to your cheeks, starting from the front part of your cheeks to your temples to add dimensions to your face. Using blush enhances the glow of your skin.

What are some good contouring and highlighting products?

The market is flooded with makeup products of average or bad quality. To help you choose the best products from among the sundry, we came up with the following list. If you already have a brand that you love to use, feel free to stick to the same.

  • Cream foundation:
    • Maybeline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Plums up
    • L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Lumi Highlighter
  • Powder formulations:
    • l.f. Blush Palette, Light
    • Maybeline New York Facestudio Master Contour Palette
    • Wet n Wild Icon Contouring Palette, Dulce de Leche.

Phew!

That brings us to the end of our tutorial. Remember that when it comes to your makeup, you are the expert. When you think you are done, look in the mirror for any imperfections, under different conditions of light. When you think you have done a good job, add in a little bit of confidence and oomph and there you go, your perfect look for any occasion!

Neha

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