BEAUTY LESSON: CONTOURING
BEAUTY LESSON: CONTOURING
The phrase “how to contour” is searched over 30,000 times monthly. Heres a fun fact for you makeup lovers the concept of contour dates back to the 1500s when actors used chalk and soot to define their faces on stage. Luckily for us, times have changed and there are tons of contour products on the market now that are easier to use. Here's our step-by-step process on how to contour your face using our mineral bronzer. This is a common mistake, We see these girls on Youtube or Instagram contouring their face, try it on ourselves and actually we don't like the way our face looks...this is usually because we have contoured for their face shape not our own. When we contour we are creating the illusion of shadows, creating a shadow under our cheekbones it makes it appear slimmer and makes the cheekbones appear more prominent. We apply the product with two brushes.By using 2 different brushes, one to apply it (Angled Contour Brush) and another one to blend it out (Powder Brush) it allows you to get a softer blend, avoid applying to much.Sometimes when people have tried to contour and found it just made them look muddy or dirty the reason is they applied the product to one brush, and then tried to blend that same product out with the same brush, the brush still has product left on it so you are just rubbing more and more contour over your face instead of blending it out.
Now we are prepped and ready to go the next thing to think about isface shape! For instance, if you have more of a square shaped face, you don't want to contour in a straight line across your forehead, by doing this it will square your face off much more, instead you want to soften the corners of your face. Below is how we would contour each different face shape!
Oval faces really suit the basic 3 contouring outline: sweeping your contour shade in the shape of 3 from your temples to below your cheekbones to the outside of the upper jaw.
The goal here is to create a more oval shape, so add more contour to the corners of your face (the outer corners of your forehead and jaw). Then add a subtle contour underneath your cheekbones, bringing it up to just below your temples.
If your face is a little round, contouring can add major definition. In general, you want to stick to the 3 contour framework. Contour along the outer edges of your forehead, at your temples, and under your cheekbones, then continue the contour around your jawline, avoiding the chin. By leaving the chin free of contour, it will help to add more height to your face, creating the illusion of a longer, more oval face shape.
You can create the illusion of a more oval-shaped face by contouring the outer edges of your forehead, along your temples, and under your cheekbones. Instead of contouring your jawline, which is already slim, add contour to the bottom of your chin, which will make it appear shorter and less pointed.
To balance the length of your face, instead of adding contour to the sides, you should contour along the top of your forehead and below your chin and jawline, which will help to create the illusion of a shorter face. Add depth to your cheekbones by keeping the contour more horizontal and curving it under your cheekbones.
Cream VS Powder
One of the biggest contour debates is cream contour vs powder contour. Cream contour often gives a more subtle finish, while powder contouring can be much more dramatic, so the key is to go slowly – contouring isn’t meant to be obvious, it should just slightly trick the eye. You can also build on your cream powder and set it with a powder contour afterward.
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