If you’re a Makeup and Beauty lover like me, you know that Contouring is here to stay. After watching some beauty videos and reading up on it, I started using different powders and creams to contour my face and neck. I’m not talking Kardashian style or anything, but, before this new routine, I was a bronzer or blush only girl. Then I dabbled in highlighters, because they are just so pretty! Now I don’t feel complete without at least a bit of contour. I don’t fully sculpt my face, but you certainly can use contouring to reduce a large nose or forehead. I try to keep it natural looking and use my contouring method to highlight my features. Here are my steps for how I contour my face!
Above you’ll find my key to the ultimate contour. You will need 3 products: Blush, Contour and Highlighter. You can use creams or powders, just be sure to set any creams with a powder to make them last. Your contour shade should be 4-5 times darker than your skin tone, and should be gray toned if possible (as opposed to orangey). The highlighter can be matte or shimmery, in a nice pale neutral color or a champagne or gold shimmer. This is all depending on the look you’re going for. My personal favorite products are listed below!
I’ve created a key above to match up the blush, highlight and contour sections on my “map” below.
Using the map above, I apply contour first, then my highlight than blush.
I start by contouring the hollows of my cheeks to slim the face. I carry that up to my forehead and down to the edge of my jaw bone. I then contour down my neck and blend everything in really well! I like to apply with a brush or a stick If I’m using a cream contour, and blend everything in with a Beauty Blender. I will set it with a powder last, but only after I’m done applying all creams. If I’m using a powder contour, I will blend in with the same brush I applied the contour with, being careful not to add any additional product.
I come back in with my highlight shade. I stick to mostly powders for this, but have seen quite a few beauty bloggers who have used creams. I like to use a matte highlight on my forehead, chin and on my cheeks, and blend it down my neck. I like to use a shimmer highlight on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. I swear by The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer, it is absolutely my favorite highlight shade ever! I sometimes will use it in the inner corner of my eyes for an extra pop! I use my fingers a lot for this step, since they make for really great blending tools. If you’re using a brush, be sure to blend everything together so there are not harsh lines between your highlight and contour.
Last I add blush to the apples of my cheeks. I love using a nice rosy pink, or a coral for some pop in the warmer months. This step really makes you look awake and refreshed. If i’m using a cream to powder blush, like Maybelline Dream Bouncy, I will use my fingers to apply and blend the blush up towards my temples. I will then go back in with my powder to set my contour and highlight. Beauty pro tip: Don’t ever apply creams after powders- it will be a hot cakey mess!
Here are my favorite contouring products and tools, all available on Amazon, using my affiliate links.
Do you have any tips and tricks from your contouring routine?