How to Contour for Beginners
Want to add extra dimension and emphasize your natural features? Anyone can learn how to contour with these simple tricks. You don’t have to drastically change your face shape to create a different illusion. Your face is perfect the way it is! Contouring is really about using your natural face structure to create a slight illusion. Any application should start light and subtle because you can always add more. A small amount, even just under your cheekbones, can create so much more dimension. First, get the right colors for your face with a color match here.
Map Your Face
Normally, I do my contour at the end, but I start with it in this video. I’ve found that when people are learning and getting comfortable with contour, they don’t want it to be a do or die situation if they don’t get it exact. That’s why I suggest you start by mapping your face, mainly your cheekbones. Once you have a good feel for where that line just under your cheekbone is, the rest is super easy.
Use a Highlight and Bronzer
With dimension on your nose, forehead, and cheekbones, it’s easier to see where to blend your highlight. Don’t worry if your contour wasn’t perfect because you can use your highlight to clean up around it. Let the highlight and contour come together naturally to soften out the edges. The one place I recommend contouring after you highlight is your nose. Afterward, the bronzer will go anywhere the sun would hit your face.
Don’t Contour Everything
Keep it simple. You don’t have to add dimensions to every aspect of your face. In this video, I don’t add any to my jawline because I wanted my makeup to be functional with what I was wearing that day. The point of a contour is to create a light-reflecting illusion, and you don’t need to go all out to do that. You can add dimension to your lips, forehead, cheekbones, and nose, but even just a bit to your cheekbones will do wonders.