How to contour for beginners
Contouring and highlighting techniques that use shading to enhance and define facial features are part of daily beauty routines.
There are a million beauty tutorials for beginners who want to learn how to contour and highlight like pros. But if you’re not paying careful attention or you’re watching the wrong tutorial, you may end up looking greasy.
So how do you make your face stand out and appear defined without looking overdone? Read on to learn how to contour your face and create a natural, pretty-looking result.
Know where to shade
The first step is to know where to contour and highlight. Contour is usually several shades darker than your natural skin tone. Apply contour on the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones, and around the top of your forehead. Don’t forget the bottom of your chin and jawline.
Highlight your forehead’s center, your cheekbones’ top, and down the jawline. In case you have contoured your nose partially, place the color in between the shaded areas.
Don’t miss out on highlighting the inner corners of your eyes, the top of your cupid’s bow, and under your brow bones.
Tools of the trade
Choosing the right product is as vital as learning how to contour and highlight your face. Contour and highlighter products come in liquid and powder forms and create different effects.
Liquid products create a more dramatic look, but powder products are easier to use more suitable for beginners.
A great brand to try out would be LORAC which offers a collection of contour and highlighter kits in powder and liquid form.
The Lorac Contour Cream Kit comes in six different shades. The variety of shades can help you experiment with which colors complement your skin tone the best.
Combined with NYX Professional makeup wonder stick, you have all the tools necessary for the process.
Make it sharp
Applying your highlighter and contour in sharp lines will define and accentuate your features effectively.
To get sharp lines, use a sturdy angled contour brush and a rounded brush for applying highlighter. Try to rest your elbow on a table or flat surface to create sharper and steadier lines.
An excellent dual-ended brush that works for both contouring and highlighting is the e.l.f. Contouring Brush.
Blend, blend, blend
The hardest part is over! All you need now is to blend, blend and then blend some more!
If you don’t blend your contour and highlighter enough, you will have streaks or harsh lines on your face.
Even if you’ve gone slightly overboard, blending your makeup with a sponge, like The Original Beautyblender, can rein it in.
For contours, blend outward in the direction you’ve applied the contour without swirling in circles. Swirl the pointy end of your makeup sponge in small circles to blend highlighter. Or you can also use the tips of your fingers to blend the edges of the highlighter outward.
Seal the look
One of the worst things about makeup is that it tends to wear off after a few hours.
To ensure that your contour and highlighter stay in place, dust a translucent setting powder over your finished makeup. Apply the setting powder using light touches with a large kabuki brush.
Follow it up with a mist of setting spray to seal your makeup.
Some great setting products in the market are Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Powder and All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. Just make sure that setting powder and spray are the only products you use after contouring and highlighting.
With a little practice, contouring and highlighting can quickly become a part of your daily beauty regime. Just follow the tips, and in no time, you’ll be showing others how to contour and highlight like a pro.