Contouring the face is a makeup application technique that further enhances the bone structure and draws attention to the features. For example, someone with a rounder face can use contouring to highlight the facial bone structure to make their face appear narrower. But it all really comes down to the contour shade in use; here’s a guide to picking the right color, formula, and tools.
It’s Really Just About the Color
Because a contour is meant to enhance certain areas of your face, such as the jawline, chin, nose, forehead, and cheekbones, you want to choose a color that’s one to two shades darker than your skin. You can always build over the product to achieve the results you desire.
Your Skin Tone Has Demands
It’s important to understand the undertones of your skin. Someone with a fair to medium skin tone should consider cooler contour shades, but those with a tan or olive complexion can experiment with a bit of golden since their skin tone naturally has more warmth. For the darker skin tones, we suggest neutral contours but with the right balance of red and blue undertones.
Are You a Cream or Powder Girl?
These two are very different in terms of texture; cream contours work best with drier skin types as they leave a luminous finish, while powders tend to aid oilier skin types with their matte finish. They’re both fairly easy to work with over the foundation and concealer.
Get Your Tools Ready
Regardless of the look you’re aiming to create, it all comes down to using good-quality makeup brushes to seamlessly blend the product. Fluffier brushes make the contour appear soft and diffused, perfect for creating a natural look. But for a sculpted or defined look, it’s best to use a denser and smaller brush. In desperate times, you can always resort to using your fingers.
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