Many of you had requested a tutorial on basic face contouring so today I’m doing a simple tutorial on how you can add some definition and dimension to you face using highlighter and contouring powder.
I don’t consider myself an expert at contouring, there is a lot more you can do with a highlighter and a contouring product but I personally just use it to add some definition to my cheeks and jawline. The end result is quite subtle but nonetheless noticeable when you see the Before/After pictures. I use a sheer matte/satin bronzer (Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing powder) for contouring generally and it gives warmth and glow to the face along with dimension.
For wearable contouring, its important to use a light-hand and small quantities of product, you dont want to end up with a muddy brown line across your cheeks. Using a sheer product makes it easier to keep the color intensity in control.
Products I have used in this Tutorial :
- Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing powder (for contouring)
- MAC Cream Color Base : Improper Copper (highlighter)
- MAC Blush : Melba
[note color=”#FFE4C4″] For those who are new to makeup and don’t know the concept behind contouring – here’s a little introduction : Contouring is basically a technique of bringing out the shape of the face or the bone structure using a slightly darker shade of powder/cream product. The contouring product is blended into the areas that are naturally hollow (in the skull) like the hollows of the cheekbones, underneath the jawline and sides of the nose. Adding a light reflecting highlighting product on the high points of the face (where there is bone underneath and where light hits first) like the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the browbone complements contouring, bringing the shape and structure of the face into sharper focus. Contouring helps give shape and definition to the face, makes the face look a little slimmer and the bone structure more defined. [/note]
Now with the introduction in place, lets start with the tutorial.
Step 1 : Starting with the contouring of the cheeks, pull your cheeks in and start applying the contouring powder using an angled fluffy brush under your cheekbone. Imagine a line connecting the end of mouth to the top of the ear and apply the product along this line. This will add shadow and depth to the hollows of the cheekbones and give a lift to the cheek and cheekbone.
Step 2 : You can see the results of the first Step above, a faint shadow under the cheekbone. Next, with the same brush, sweep some of the product under the jawline starting from under the chin, tracing the jawbone and take it right upto where the jaw ends, under the ear. This will chisel your jawline and give a slimmer look to the face.
Step 3 & 4 : This step is optional but you can do it if you like. Using the same brush, just trace your hairline from the forehead to the top of the cheekbone. Just to ensure that the product is well blended, run the brush in the opposite direction (bottom-right) as well.
Step 5 : With the contouring in place, let now add some highlighter. I have applied MAC Cream Color base in Improper Copper on the cheekbone and along the bridge of the nose using my finger. Just pat it in till it blends.
Step 6 : Add some highlighter to the browbone as well. Next, add some blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend it towards the hair line. Without loading the brush with any more product, just sweep it across the cheeks a few times to ensure that the blush and contour blend seamlessly with no obvious demarcation.
The Finished look!
I’ve used a heavy hand with the products so that you can see it well in the pictures. From the Before and After pictures, you can see my face looks a little slimmer and more uplifted after the contouring and highlighting :
[note color=”#FFE4C4″] There are a lot of products you can use for contouring, a matte brown blush works well too. Just make sure the color is not more than 2 shades darker than your skin tone otherwise it will make your face look dull and muddy. You can also use a darker shade of foundation or concealer to contour. I am in the habit of using matte/low shimmer bronzers for contouring but am thinking of investing in a matte contouring powder soon. I would recommend the Bourjois Powder I’ve used here, its really sheer so its easy to build up and doesn’t look overdone – excellent for beginners! Make sure that your choice of contouring product does not have shimmer.
I hope you found this Tutorial useful! Do let me know in the comments if you still have any doubts.
Happy Weekend everyone 🙂 [/note]
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