When was the last time went into a makeup shop without seeing a contour palette or watch a makeup tutorial that doesn’t mention highlighter.
contouring and highlighting has been the foundation of makeup for many year. Yes before it was blown up all over social media by none other than the reality star her self #kimkardashian .
Now I don’t want to go on about the history about contouring because i am sure you all just want to know What it is and how it’s done.
It’s essentially playing with light and shade. You don’t need to mold your face into any particular shape to contour. Instead, you can go as light or as heavy as you want. Contouring is fun and allows you to indulge your artistic side. It’s great for defining your cheekbones and other facial features. You can create contour easily with just two shades. You can use as many or as few products as you like; it all depends on your personal preferences.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a whole arsenal of products to contour your face. At a minimum you’ll need either a cream or powder product in at least two colors: a shade and a highlight. You will often be able to buy both in one single kit, but you can also personalize your contour and use two entirely different products.
Contour colours are of a grey cool tone brown. This is to mimic your own natural shadows. Most people make the mistake of using a bronzer. A bronzer is for adding warmth to the face like you have been sun kissed, for a healthy skin tone. If you want to enhance your features then make sure to choose more of a cool tone contour product. A common mistake is to go more than two shades darker than your skin tone. Stick to something not too far off from your current foundation shade. It’s also a good idea to stray from shimmery contour colors, which reflect light instead of absorbing it (as shadows are supposed to do).
The contour should be placed directly under your cheekbones. If you press down on your cheek with your finger, you will eventually find the edge of the cheekbone. This is the correct placement. The shape of the contour will depend on what features of your face you want to play up or down.
After you’ve blended your contour, it’s time to highlight! While some may be comfortable with just a cheekbone highlight, you can also highlight anywhere light naturally hits your face, such as the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, your chin, and if you want, underneath your eyes. Blend in your highlight using your fingers or beauty tool of choice.
If you haven’t done it already, highlight your brow bone and inner corner. You can also take your highlight to define your brows by lining your eyebrows with a small angled brush and blending outwards. Next, if you need it, buff a translucent setting powder onto your whole face to make sure everything stays in place through rain and shine.
Then, finish the rest of your makeup, whether that’s applying false lashes, lipstick