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How to apply contour makeup? |Easy Steps|

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How to apply contour makeup? Contouring is a technique used to enhance and shape facial features. It has been popularized by famous make-up artists and high fashion models, but today, this technique is commonly used on everyday people. If you want to learn how to apply contour make-up like a professional, read this article!

Contour make-up facts

Contouring is a method of using different shades to enhance and shape facial features. It gives depth and dimension to one’s face, creating a slimming illusion for those who want to appear thinner, or adding an added definition for those who want to appear more chiseled. Contouring can be used on many different parts of the face, including the eyes and mouth.

Know your face shape

Before starting contouring make-up, it is essential to know which facial features you want to be enhanced. To do this, you first must determine what your face shape is. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, apply dots on the cheeks, chin, and forehead in a triangle-like formation. Next, connect the dots with a straight line. The facial features closely follow this shape: a heart-shaped face with a broader forehead and a smaller jawline.

If your forehead is more prominent than your cheekbones, then this means you have an oval-shaped face. To emphasize your cheekbones, apply contour make-up on the sides of the forehead to narrow it down. If you have a square-shaped face with symmetrical facial features, draw dots in an inverted triangle formation above each eyebrow. Connect the dots at the tip of your chin and outside corners of both eyes. If you want to emphasize or create more definition around your eyes, then contour in an inverted V-formation above each eye. This is great for people with round or large eyes.

For light skin tones, I suggest 

  1. Mac Harmony blush.
  2. Nars Matte Multiple in Altai and Vientiane
  3.   Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow.

  Medium to olive skin tones 

  1. Ben Nye Contour Powder & cream,
  2. Urban Decay eye shadow Tease (which is in the Naked 2 palette), 
  3. MAC Coquette eye shadow  (Dupe for Kevyn Aucoin.)

 For all skin tones 

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Contour Palette
  2. Mac Sculpt Defining powder
  3.  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

How to apply contour makeup

Contouring does not need to be complicated; it can simply be following the natural shape of one’s face. Those who want to define their cheekbones can use a blusher and highlighter duo one or two shades darker than their natural skin tone. Apply this on the cheekbones to accentuate them and add definition to the face. For those who want more of an angular look, apply contour make-up in a V-shape above each eye; brush your hair back and to the side to show off the cheekbones and eyes.

How to apply contour makeup

To create a more defined V-shape, start from the middle of your nose and draw a line down to your chin. Apply contour make-up along that line, then brush your hair back behind your ears. This will help define the jawline and neck for those who want to slim and narrow the face, contour on each side of your forehead, and brush your hair back behind your ears as well. This will slim down one’s face by creating more definition around the forehead and jawline.

Finally, for those who want more defined cheekbones, begin at the middle of each eye and draw an inverted triangle shape down to the chin. Apply contour make-up in that line, then brush your hair behind your ears for a slimmer face.

How to apply contour makeup at home

Contouring is quickly done at home with the right tools and products. If you are interested in applying this technique but do not know where to start, read the following tips and tricks to help you out.

Start with a matte contour cream or powder that is one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Use an angled brush to apply the color in a line above each eyebrow down towards the tip of the nose. You can also use this technique under and around your cheekbones and chin for more definition for those with rounder faces.

Using a cream or powder highlighter, apply this product on the tops of your cheekbones and on the temples to open up your face. This will make you look less round and more angular.

Heart-Shaped Faces

For those with heart-shaped faces, place dots inside an upside-down triangle on each side of your cheeks and chin; connect these dots at the tip of your chin and outside corners of both eyes. This will add contour to these areas, making them appear more angular.

Round Face

To define the jawline and slim down a round face, place dots on each side of the forehead and connect them in a straight line at the tip of your nose. Use an angled brush to draw this line on each side of the forehead, then connect it to your nose. This will give you more definition around the jawline and create more angular features on your face.

Those with round faces apply a small amount of highlighter just under the cheekbones and down onto the temples where the sun naturally hits the face. Doing this will thin out the face and make it appear more angular.

Square Faces

For those with square faces, apply a highlighter under the cheekbones and onto the temples of the face for some definition. This will slim down your face by adding contour to these critical areas. Contouring does not have to be complicated; you can follow the natural shape of your face to define critical areas.


I hope you enjoyed reading this article on contour makeup. For more beauty tips and tricks, be sure to check out the rest of the website.

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Shahid is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! His love for makeup has brought him to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.He is a fashion and makeup obsessive with a huge passion for writing.

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