Contouring – Complete Guide with Dos and Don’ts.

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Contouring adds definition and dimensions to your face. It highlights your natural bone structure. You get a slimmer nose and highly defined cheekbones with a great jawline with just properly defined contouring. It is the best way to enhance your facial features. 

However, contouring your face can be tricky if you are not familiar with your features. Instead of enhancing, you can ruin your look with a poorly done contour. 


So, here in this blog, I will discuss some of the essential generalized things you need to look out for while contouring your face, along with the dos and don’ts. 

Guide to Contouring 

The first and foremost step of your makeup includes moisturizing and priming your face thoroughly. Apply your foundation to your face with the brush or sponge, whatever suits you the best. Don’t forget to blend it well.

Then you need to apply your concealer. You should color correct your imperfections like dark circles and blemishes as per the requirements and wear your concealer. 

Now it’s time for your contour palette to come into action. You can pick the type of contour depending upon your skin type. Be it powder or cream, choose according to your skin type and blend it well. Choose the right shade as per your undertone (cool, warm, or neutral). You need to go for two shades darker than the shade of your foundation for contouring your face.


Contouring Forehead

Apply along your hairline to make your forehead appear smaller. Blend it in the upward direction.

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Sculpt your Cheekbone

Take your bronzer; apply along the hollows of your cheeks, lightly moving back and forth. Blend it well, focusing more on the back of your cheekbones.

Define your Jawline

Apply the product from your chin along the length of your jawline towards your ear. Blend it downwards to create a shadow. 

Slim your Nose

Create an illusion of a slimmer nose with a contour. Apply the product on the sides of your nose and over the tip, blending nicely to avoid any harsh lines.

Longer Neck

Contouring your neck makes it appear longer and slimmer. Apply your contour on either side of your neck towards the center and blend everything evenly.

Add Definition with a Concealer

You can define your contour using your concealer. It should be in a lighter shade from your foundation. Apply it on your forehead between your brows, under your eyes, on the chin, on the Cupid’s bow above your upper lip, and the bridge of the nose to highlight and define your main points. Blend it evenly. 


Do’s and Don’ts

You should and shouldn’t be doing certain things while contouring your face. Let’s discuss some of them here.

The main thing you need to understand here is your facial features. You cannot watch a makeup tutorial video and apply the same tricks yourself. It will turn into a makeup disaster, as every face shape is different. You need to know your face shape and cuts and follow the contouring techniques accordingly. 



Invest in a good contour palette for yourself, keeping your shade requirement as per skin tone in your mind. You will need a shade one or two-tone darker than your skin color. You don’t have to go crazy in collecting all sorts of palettes and shades for contouring. 

Apply the product as much as needed. You don’t have to go overboard with your makeup. Be it your foundation, concealer, or contour, less will always be more. The more products you will apply, the more challenging it is to blend. It will appear cakey and will enhance your wrinkles and fine lines.

Use the product as per your skin type. If you have oily skin, go for powder contours to achieve the matte look. But if you have dry to combination skin, you can use cream contours for the dewy natural finish. Don’t mix powders and cream, as your look may appear overdone.

Don’t forget to apply your blush in the end, as it will add a flush of colors to the apple of your cheeks and lift your face. Use a highlighter to highlight your key points of the face.

-Images from Google.

By Siddie F.Kay

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