How to Contour Your Face? These Rules Will Help You Define the Shape
Contouring and highlighting have been well-known makeup methods for years, but the last time brought a real breakthrough when it comes to their popularity. Since stars like Kim Kardashian used social media to show their makeup tips to the audience, contouring is experiencing its renaissance. Read the following article and learn how to define your face shape!
What Do You Need?
- powder, foundation or concealer 1 or 2 shades darker than your original skin tone,
- powder, foundation or concealer 1 or 2 shades lighter than skin,
- highlighter or shimmery, bright eyeshadow,
- sponge or blending brush,
- setting spray (optional).
Find the Shape of Your Face
If you want to be a pro in contouring, you have to determine your face shape first. Each shape needs a little different placement of the beauty products. Basically, there are 6 face shapes to choose from: Oval, Round, Long, Square, Diamond and Heart.
Let's Do the Contour!
You can contour your face by using the powder, foundation or cream products – another popular option is combining the three of them. First of all, make sure that you have cosmetics 1 or 2 shades darker and 1 or 2 shades lighter than your skin tone. It is absolutely necessary to achieve the effect of shading.
Place lighter product in the areas you'd like to conceal or bring forward. For most of you these areas are: under eyes, bridge of your nose and chin and the middle of forehead. On the other hand, darker product should be placed in the areas which need more depth. Use it in the hollows of cheeks, on the temples, the jawline, the side of the nose and the forehead's perimeter. If you wish, you can contour your neck and your eyes as well.
Blend Is Your Friend
The most important and the easiest step at the same time. All the harsh lines that you've made need some blending, so the contours could look much more natural and effortless. That's why you need a beauty blender, regular sponge or a blending brush. In addition, you may set your makeup with a little bit of setting spray or a translucent powder (if you have used creamy products before).
Do the Highlight
Highlighting/strobing is another great trend in today's makeup world. Choose the highlighter in any color shade – gold, silver, rose or even light brown. The most important choice applies to the warmth: the shade may be warm or cold. Such products come in creams, powders and in liquid consistency.
Where should you put your highlighter? Focus on cheek bones, cupids bow, chin, above the temples by the eyebrows and the nose (both tip and bridge). To highlight your eye makeup, just paint the brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes. Highlighter provides a bit of sparkle and it makes your skin look younger and healthier.
That's it! You're done! Now let's finish the makeup, so you could feel beauty and confident for the rest of the day. We highly recommend you to invest in a setting spray. Though it's totally optional, it'll make the whole thing look more natural and not 'cakey' at all. It also guarantees a long-lasting effect, so your contouring and highlighting will stay visible all they long.
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