how to contour

Contouring is a trick used by makeup professionals – and a few talented amateurs – to “shape” the face, accentuating your angles and best features. Contouring is not a task for the lazy or impatient. You will need practice to perfect your technique. You will also need the right equipment.

On top of your normal, preferably liquid, foundation and concealer, you should also have a shadow (concealer or foundation slightly darker than your skin) and a highlighter (a product slightly lighter than your skin).

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The trick to contouring is making it look natural. To achieve this, it is best to work with matte products – steer clear of anything too shiny or shimmery. Also,  stick to shades that are close to your natural skin tone, staying away from colors that are too red, pink or bronze.

Once you have the kit, complete with application brushes or sponges, you’re ready to go!

Instructions

  1. The first step is to apply your foundation, being careful to blend it in to your neck.
  2. Apply your highlighter across your t-zone (along your brow and down the centre of your nose), under the eyebrows, below the eyes and along the tops of your cheekbones. Blend well.
  3. Next, apply your darker shade to the hollow of your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose and along your hairline. Again, blend well!

You should now have the well-defined bone structure of a supermodel. Remember: the key to successful contouring is the blending. We recommend investing in a sponge and a blending blush to achieve the best effect.