So you slapped on some contour and highlight on your face – but have you ever felt like it doesn’t look right?
Unfortunately, not everyone has the same slim and sculpted mug of Kim Kardashian whose face is somewhat the blueprint of contouring itself with all the dips and angles. For us normal people, it’s a challenging feat.
But over time, I realized that we should pay more attention to our facial structure more than we think, and maybe that’s the key to a well-contoured face.
Contouring is all about creating the illusion of shadow and light to create the look of a more defined facial structure. If you want higher cheekbones or a slimmer nose, contouring is the closest thing you have that requires no surgery, no pain, and almost no time. It’s fast, practically anyone can learn how to do it, and it’s just a matter of taking a brush and dipping it in pans or makeup, or swiping some foundation sticks on our faces.
But it’s not just the shades that should suit you. Different face shapes need different contouring or shaping techniques and some will need more highlighting while others will use more contouring to help create the shape you are after. Remember: everyone is different, so keep practicing until you get it right!
Start putting on the darker contour shade on the corners of your face to make them appear less sharp. Doing this will sort of slim your face down and give it a softer look. Apply highlight to your forehead and chin to give your face more 3D dimension and less of a flat or wide appearance.
You already have angles to work with, so it’s just a matter of giving the parts of your face more definition. Highlight under the eye area to make your face stand out facing forward and not just when they’re catching light at an angle. Also take the attention away from the width of your face by highlighting your forehead and chin. This also adds more definition and gives you that gentle glow or shimmer to the skin. If you do this right, you can narrow a wide forehead, soften a strong jaw line and keep the attention away from a strong or prominent chin.
Contour along the jaw line and highlight at the temples to make these areas more prominent and balance out the middle portion of the face. Highlight under your eyes to give your face the illusion of cheekbones.
Round or Oval Face
If your face is round or oval, you would typically contour to create the illusion of more angles in your facial structure. The temples, cheekbones and the sides of the jawline need contouring to sort of frame your face and give you more definition. Highlight your chin and forehead to bring these areas forward and create angles to the face. You can also create fuller looking lips by highlighting your cupid’s bow.
Do you have more contouring techniques for face shapes you can share? Let me know below!
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