Last week I posted a video of Kim Kardashian giving a lesson on contouring and was inspired to do a post on this simple technique.
Not every woman is blessed with the perfect pout, high cheekbones, a defined nose and chiseled jawline – most either have a really good makeup artist or a great set of contouring brushes! 🙂
A Lesson on Contouring
Contouring is basically the art of using light or dark colors to hide flaws, accentuate the good, add definition and structure to the face bringing you one step closer to achieving a CoverGirl look. Excited already?!
What you will need:
Highlighter (2 – 3 shades lighter than skin tone)
Matte bronzer (2-3 shades darker than skin tone)
A makeup sponge
Loose Powder Brush
Step 1: Contour
Using a darker shade (bronzer), starting at your temples, you want to blend the contour into your hairline and then work your way underneath your cheekbone in a slightly downward motion. You will need a steady hand and a good contouring brush. Apply your contour line below your jawbone creating a shadow below your jaw. If you have a large jaw, bring the contour colour up on either side of the chin to soften the jawline. Using a small eyeshadow brush softly contour both sides of your nose. If you have a long nose, apply a little under the tip of your nose. Now blend the edges of your contour line.
Step 2: Highlight
Apply a generous amount of highlighter under your eye area, extending above your cheekbones and along the sides of your nose, using either a makeup sponge or blender. Highlight your brow bone, the center of your forehead, cupids bow, chin and just above your jawline, just below the ear.
Step 3: Blend
Now blend in the edges of your contoured and highlighted areas to create a soft seamless look, adding structure and dimension to the face. Finish off with some loose powder and Voila! You now have a beautifully contoured face!
Photo credits: Kim Kardashian