Makeup emphasizes facial features in a more defined and beautiful way. Contouring and highlighting is one of the most important techniques for modifying features such as reducing a nose, narrowing a forehead or accentuating cheeks and jaws. A dark contour sculpts the face while the highlighter emphasizes features. Many women adopted the contouring technique instead of resorting to costly plastic surgery with results that cannot be guaranteed most of the time.
How to professionally contour your face at home
For a professional face contouring at home, you need to know:
1. Suitable contouring method:
The contouring method depends on the shape of the face; that’s why you should identify the shape of your face to be able to determine which contouring method suits it.
2. Contouring makeup and tools:
You need a foundation two or three degrees darker than your skin color for the dark contour and a foundation one or two degrees lighter than your skin to be used as a highlighter or you can use a concealer instead. Contouring and highlighting products can be in the form of a cream or a powder; you can even apply the cream first then cover it with powder to set it.
You also need contour brushes in addition to a thin contour brush for the nose or a beauty blender sponge to blend the contour and the highlight in a good way; the secret of a well done contouring lies in successful blending.
How to apply contouring:
1. Prepare your skin by cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing it. Make sure to apply a primer before putting makeup for a silky, wrinkle-free skin and a better set makeup.
2. Apply the contour i.e. the dark color with a brush or with your fingers on areas you want to modify; for instance apply it on sides of the forehead to narrow it, or on the cheeks starting from ear to middle of cheek to slim the face, or on the nose sides to make it look smaller, or on the jaw bones to sculpt the jaws. If your face has an oval or long shape, put a little contour down your chin.
3. Blend the contour with a beauty blender sponge or a contour brush; blending helps to give you a natural look. Make sure to blend well by pressing lightly against the skin or by using a circular motion without exceeding the contour borders.
4. Apply the highlighter on areas you want to accentuate such as the center of the forehead, the nose bone, above and below cheeks and also on the chin.
5. Make sure to blend well the highlight for a natural look.
6. Finally, use a large brush to apply loose face powder to set the contouring, or you can set it by using a contour powder and a highlighter, especially if it is an evening makeup to give it a more pronounced look.
By following these simple steps, you will learn how to apply contouring for a beautifully sculpted face.