Let’s dive right into this! I have been getting a lot of questions on what products I use to contour and highlight so I wanted to create a little tutorial on how I use makeup to slim down my face! For those that do not understand what contouring is, to put it very simply, it’s adding shadows to the right places on your face and highlighting is adding light to the appropriate places on your face. I have a round face which is why I wanted to learn more about makeup so I could accentuate my features. This tutorial is NOT about hating your body or changing who you are. I wanted to create this tutorial for people like me who want to accentuate their features and don’t necessarily understand how. Applying makeup is just like art, you have your “paint” brushes, your colour palette and canvas (your face). I like to create different looks for myself as a way to spice things up!
Although I have a round face, this tutorial is for all face shapes. Please refer to this diagram for your face shape when contouring and highlighting 🙂
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Contour Palette or Bronzer (I use Tarte, pictured above)
Apply your makeup the way you normally would. Use a moisturizer first, then primer, foundation, brows, and your eye makeup. This is how your face should look.
Using an angled brush, start applying the palette near the top of your forehead along your crease. This may be different depending on your face shape so please refer to my diagram at the top of this post.
Once you have applied the palette to your forehead, you will apply the same technique to your cheeks. Start by puckering your face to find where your cheek sinks in. You’re going to follow with your angled brush the start of where your cheek sinks in, so by your ear and then curve that down to your mouth. You’ll need to do this on both sides of your face so it looks like this.
If you’re thinking, “why am I not blending this? there’s so many harsh lines..” don’t worry, you’ll blend the palette at the end of this section 🙂 Next, we’re going to accentuate the jaw by applying the palette where your ear is down to the bottom of your jaw. This part isn’t necessary for all face shapes unless you have a round face. After you’ve done this, move your angled brush down along your jaw to your neck. Do this on both sides of your face and it should end in a point just under your chin. As long as your face looks similar to mine, you have completed step four and can now blend with your kabuki brush!
Now that you have completed step 4: Contouring, you can move on to highlighting! This part is much easier than contouring 🙂 First, you’re going to take your concealer and run it down your nose and then across your forehead like in the picture. Then, you’re going to apply it underneath your eyes and the bridge between your nose and lips. I have puffy cheeks so I like to add a little more concealer down the sides of my mouth and also on my chin. If you have made any errors with contouring, this will be the time to fix it. I like to define my contouring a bit more by adding concealer to the sides of my face, refer to the picture for this step.
It’s time for blending!! Blend the concealer in and be careful not to blend into the contouring. It should look like this once you’re done.
There’s still some harsh lines so we will need to blend it more with our kabuki brush. Sweep in circles around where the contour meets the highlighter around your forehead, cheeks and jawline until it’s smooth like this.
Now, you can finish your makeup look with blush, lipstick, finishing powder, illuminator and setting spray. Play around with your makeup, remember you’re the artist so you can customize anything you want 🙂
How did the tutorial work out for you? If you have any tips or feedback, please share your thoughts in the comments!
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