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6 Easy Steps to Up Your Contour Game and Master It

6 Easy Steps to Up Your Contour Game and Master It

It’s never too late to get that glamorous, Hollywood-style contour. You just need some imagination and the right tools.

You don't have be a professional or hire an expert makeup artist in order for you to achieve this unique look of beauty on your own terms with ease and without worry about things like age spots ruining how people see us as we go through life's cycles together (ahem).


What Is Contouring in Makeup?

Contouring is an art form that was created centuries ago and has been used to create effects like shadows on cave walls.

The technique can be applied by any person who wants their features enhanced, but it typically only takes place in photos or videos for public display; otherwise we would all look too much alike.

The modern-day application of "contouring" (a term derived from around 1850) refers specifically to sculpting facial shapes using lighter/darker makeups than what one wears every single day - this includes foundation.


What Do You Need to Contour?

Contouring is a great way to add dimension and definition. You don't need the right tools though.

Just use two shades of concealer or foundation, bronzer for an even finish all over your face OR highlighter on individual areas like under eyes.

You can also use powder shadows in place of eye brow pomades if preferred. Make sure whatever makeup products are being used feel good against skin by not feeling too thick or dry where desired spots will be applied with ease before applying them. Otherwise expect cakey-looking results (you might want to try layering).

While contouring isn’t necessary every day, it works wonders when creating artful looks such as delicate actress Allison Holker's.


How to Contour: A Step by Step Guide

Contouring is all about finding the perfect balance.

You want to enhance your natural features, but not go overboard and erase everything else.

For some people who have round faces or hearts-of-stone it can be easy. They just need a little help with color placement on their cheekbones so they look taller than average height (and beware: this will also work if you're flat chested).

But most of us require more finesse; highlighting our eyes instead leaves us looking like either anime characters come alive at midnight.

Or dead relatives depending upon what typeface was used for embossing gold lettering onto headstones outside graveyards around town during rainstorms.



When doing a more involved makeup look, like the one shown above for example (try not to be scared by this), then perhaps priming would be helpful.

This will act as your skin's buffer between skincare products and make sure that both work better so you can enjoy longer lasting results.

For even smoother looking complexion use foundation or concealer shades which match natural tones while also covering any blemishes present on our face - perfect when combined with an understated eye color too.



The most common way to contour is with a darker shade and applying it as shadow under your cheekbones.

Find the best places for these shadows by tracing them along where they would naturally go on yourself, such as around or near your temples area (depending if you have short hair) located directly below eye level in between eyebrows- next to nose bridge at about ear height - this will help give shape there too.

And finally one last place right before jawline begins again which starts just above Cupid's bow lips then curves down slightly past Adam’s apple into neck crease. 

You can use your face as a canvas and paint with shadows.

Get creative to find that perfect look for you, or try different lines until one feels right.


3. Apply Highlight

Get creative with your makeup by highlighting the areas of you face that are most reflective.

Do this by applying a lighter shade or highlighter to these special spots: forehead, nose bridge tip (nasal bone), top cheekbones and on either side where Cupid’s bow meets eye lid near lashes line up perfectly together creating what some people call “eyebrows."

It also makes great shape for eyeshadow if applied lightly but don't forget about those dark circles under our readers' eyes too--a nice concealer will cover them nicely.


4. Apply the Blush

Applying blush to the apples of your cheeks isn’t necessary for a contouring look, but it can help make sure that all parts are covered and give you an even complexion.

The weight will depend on how much skin needs highlighting or shadowing- if its just some lighting up here and there then gooseright them across their face while using highlights elsewhere in order not get too splotchy looking.


5. The Art of Blending

Since you're working with shades that don't match your skin tone, blending is especially important.

To avoid creating obvious lines of demarcation between the darkest parts of shadow on top and lightest areas below it--as well as around eyes where some people will want to highlight their features more than others—blend those hues into one another until they blend naturally without stepping out too much or caking up like paint atop a palette knife blade (or even worse: getting caught by accident).


6. The Finishing Touch

For a flawless finish, apply setting powder or spray. But if you have super-sensitive skin and can't stand the thought of anything touching your face for any length time at all - forget it!

What do I need? Setting Powder: This will help to set your make up in place without ever seeming too heavy on top; use an pressed translucent finishing touch (or goop) as opposed to using loose brush strokes technique because this ensures even distribution throughout layers.

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