What is contouring? it’s a makeup application technique that manipulates light to highlight and shadow your face for optimal definition.
What you’ll need:
- Cream foundation that is a shade lighter than your skin tone
- Cream Foundation that is a shade darker than your skin tone
- Cream Foundation that matches your skin tone.
- Three makeup sponges (One for each color of foundation)
- Translucent Loose Setting Powder
The most important thing to keep in mind when contouring is mastering the art of BLENDING. The key to a smooth contoured face is learning how create seamless transitions. This comes with practice.
Let’s start Contouring!
Step 1: Wash your face with soap and water. Gently dry your face. You want to maintain as much of your skins naturals oils and hydration. Next, apply a basic lotion to hydrate your face. I have oily skin so I use an oil free moisturizer. TIP: The more hydrated your skin is the less your makeup will flake, wrinkle and crease.
Step 2: Apply your regular foundation. Pour a small amount of a foundation that matches your skin to the makeup sponge, evenly apply it to your face and down your neck. Continue doing so until you have evenly covered your entire face and neck. This will provide an even base before we start contouring.
Step 3: Highlighting: Apply the lighter foundation to following areas:
1. Above and between the eyebrows 2. Along the nose 3. Underneath the eyes and cheekbones 4. Below the nose and chin 5. Along the side of the jawline
Step 4: Blending: Using a new makeup sponge begin to blend in the lighter color into your face. Lightly dab the make up to blend. The color will not match the base but your goal is to eliminate any obvious transition between the two colors. Continue to do this until you have eliminated any lines. This will highlight.
Step 5: Shadowing: Apply the darker foundation using a new makeup sponge to the following area:
1. The forehead (closest to the hairline) 2. Along the sides of the nose 3. In the hollows of the cheekbones
Step 6: Blending (again): Using a new makeup sponge begin to blend in the darker color into your face. Lightly dab the make up to blend. The color will not match the base but your goal is to eliminate any obvious transition between the two colors. Continue to do this until you have eliminated any lines. This will create definition.
Step 7: Apply Face Powder: Once you’ve blended your shadow and highlighting foundations you want to lock int the look by applying a face powder. Face powder absorbs oil which prevents the makeup from clumping or creating streaks on your face.
The Completed Contoured Look
Hope this was helpful!