If you are a beauty junkie, chances are, you’ve probably come across contour makeup already. This popular makeup trick was ushered in with the age of Instagram where looking good in selfies was one of the main requirements for collecting and engaging a healthy follower count. Especially for celebrities, influencers and MUAs alike, contouring different parts of the face has become an essential skill set they must possess.

Contouring your features involves using light and dark foundation shades to highlight, slim-down or deepen certain features that otherwise won't pop on their own. But how exactly does that help you perfect your makeup game? Let’s look at some of the benefits of contouring different features of your face.


Benefits of contouring

Benefits of contouring your face


Contouring according to your face shape

Contouring according to your face shape

If there was just one tip that a professional MUA had to give you, it would be to identify your face shape. Face shape is essential information to have while contouring. So step in front of the mirror and take a close look at the dimensions of your face. You probably belong to one of these basic face shapes (as seen in the image from L-R):

Oval: Oval face shapes are identified by a forehead wider than the jawline, and face length larger than the width of the cheekbones. You tend to have a rounded chin, too. Contouring small details in an oval face - like the bridge of your nose to make it smaller - can help balance it out.

Square: If the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal, you have a square face. Contouring a square face involves softening the edges along the perimeter of the face.

Round: If the measurements across your face are the same, you have a round face. Unlike square-shaped faces, the corners of your face are more rounded off. Round faces need angular contouring on their forehead, across the temple, below cheekbones and jawline. This adds definition to their features.

Rectangle: When your face length is longer than the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline, you have a rectangular face shape. Perfecting the contour along the forehead and jawline can create the illusion of a shorter shape for rectangular faces.

Heart: A strong and wide forehead paired with a more narrow bottom half of the face is the prominent feature of a heart-shaped face. Contouring the chin can help balance out heart-shaped faces the best.

Diamond: When compared to a heart-shaped face, diamond face shapes have a pointed chin, high cheekbones and narrow hairline. Focusing the contour on making the forehead appear longer is the go-to route for diamond-shaped faces.

Once you figure out how your face can benefit from contouring, you can easily do it in two simple steps.


Step 01: Map out your face

Step 01: Map out your face

Start contouring over your foundation as it gives you an even base to work with. The products you need while contouring are two foundations, one dark and one lighter than your natural complexion. You can use liquid foundations or contour sticks, depending upon what you find the easiest to work with.

With the darker of the two foundations, trace out the parts of your face you want to add depth to. This can be your temples, the hollow part underneath your cheekbones or the tip of your nose. Focus the lighter foundation shade on sections of your face that you wish to highlight. This can be underneath your eyes, down the sides of the bridge of your nose, the centre of your forehead or your chin. Following this simple rule of contouring will give you a defined and sculpted look.


Step 02: Blend and dust

Step 02: Blend and dust

Blending your contour is as important as mapping it out. Use the larger surface area of a damp makeup sponge to blend the contour shades into your base makeup. You can switch to a smaller blender for areas like your nose or the eye crease. Use small, circular motions while tapping and make sure you only stop when the contour looks seamless.

Because of the multiple layers of makeup, it is important to lock everything in with a translucent powder, even if you are not a fan of one! With a large, fluffy brush, lightly dust your face with the Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder to lock in the contour.


Did you know?

Did you know?

The Kardashian clan is known for not only changing the game of reality TV but also makeup. Previously only used as a stage makeup technique, contouring was popularised by Kim Kardashian. Along with her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, Kim has managed to turn contour makeup into a full-fledged empire with her own makeup kits!


FAQs About Contour Makeup

FAQs about contour face makeup

1) What is the difference between contour and bronzer?

A. Both contour and bronzing are used to add definition to your face. While bronzing is used to warm up your complexion, contour brings out your best features in a more blended way. Simply put, contour does not show up in the end result of your makeup look, but a bronzer does!

2) Is contouring necessary?

A. It is generally believed that contouring is best-suited for special occasions like an event or a photoshoot. Since it takes a long time to contour, daily use can be skipped. Instead, learn to strategically place your blush, to add subtle contour without using as many products!

3) Does contouring make you look older?

A. If done right, contouring can help bring a youthful charm to your face. But going overboard with it can actually do the opposite and bring out fine lines and wrinkles. So, use cautiously, and blend meticulously!

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