Many people confuse contouring with bronzing. Since contouring is about creating angles by creating a shadow. You need to choose colors with a little grey to mimic a shadow’s color, such as taupes and cool browns. You can create angles with warm brown bronzers, but this will give more of a tanned look and won’t be effective in creating shadows. You don’t need to use specific contouring products; eye shadows work just as well- though I would recommend going for high-end brands because they generally last longer on the skin. You can also use a darker foundation, either one or two shades darker than your skin tone. Make sure the product is matte. How to apply contour makeup
For light skin tones, I suggest
- Mac Harmony blush.
- Nars Matte Multiple in Altai and Vientiane
- Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow.
Medium to olive skin tones
- Ben Nye Contour Powder & cream,
- Urban Decay eye shadow Tease (which is in the Naked 2 palette),
- MAC Coquette eye shadow (Dupe for Kevyn Aucoin.)
For all skin tones
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Contour Palette
- Mac Sculpt Defining powder
- Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder.
- Places to contour
- Temples on the forehead,
- Directly underneath the cheekbones,
- Underneath the jaw.
- (Sides of the nose)
💥How to apply contour makeup
The easiest way to apply contour is to imagine drawing a number 3 along the side of your face- this will slim the face and create cheekbones. Using a small tapered brush/short blush brush/angled brush (holding the brush, so the widest part is at the top), coat the brush evenly in a product; for powder, this may mean shaking off the excess.
First, brush along the top of the hairline. Stop before you take the brush in at the cheeks. Using your fingers, prod your face until you can feel your cheekbone. Then take your brush (use the Ita/long handled Ita here if you want) and place it at the point where your cheekbone meets the ear and brush underneath the cheekbone.
Do not apply the product further than the center of the eye. Prodding your face is better than sucking your cheeks in for the ‘fish face’ as this tends to place the contour too low and too close to the mouth. Next, take the brush along the jawline and underneath the chin. Repeat on the other side.
Blend using a buffing brush (real techniques is good) or a beauty blender. To complete the contour, some people also like to contour their nose to make it look thinner. For this, a small fluffy brush is best (Royal and Langnickel brush C445 or Mac 217) brushed along each side of the nose.