Beauty fanatics have gone all crazy for skills of highlighting and makeup contouring lately. But, of course, the makeup world has been aware of this method for a long while. Still, it was not that popular until famous people like Kim Kardashian started sharing her beauty tips through social media.
Here is an easy guide to learn how to contour makeup for beginners. This guide will help you discover the best way to apply contour makeup. First, you need to get all the necessary things to get the perfect contour on your face, and then start with the steps.
Tools For Best Makeup Contouring
- Concealer/powder/foundation that is 1-2 shades lighter and 1-2 shades darker than your skin as well.
- Blending brushes or a sponge
- Highlighters or illuminators
- Optional setting spray and a translucent powder
Step By Step Guide For Beginners
- Know Your Face Type
To do the right contour makeup for beginners, you must know your face type. These face types could be too oval, round, long, heart, square, or diamond. You can find out your type by seeing the specifications of these.
- Start Contouring
When you start contouring, you can use foundation, powder products, or cream-based ones. You may also use a mix of these three, which is up to you. You also may want to ensure that you have your concealer in one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and one other concealer darker than your skin tone in both one or two shades.
With lighter concealer, you will have to place it on the areas where you want to bring the surface forward or conceal it. These areas, for many people, maybe the chin, bridge of your nose, middle of the forehead, or the under-eye area.
Now having your darker concealer, you must put it on the parts where you wish to bring in more depth. For many people, these are the areas that are the sides of the nose, hollows of the cheeks, the jawline, the temples, and also the perimeter of the forehead. You can have the option of contouring the neck and eyes as well.
This is the easiest and also the most essential part. You must blend out every harsh line you made in the previous step. Contouring should look effortless and natural at the end, and you can do so with a sponge or a blending brush.
When all the blendings are done, you must make sure you set your makeup using translucent powder. This way, your makeup will not wipe off that fast. This is mainly if you use foundation or cream for contouring. If you are using powder, for this reason, you won’t have to add another spate layer of translucent powder.
- Proper Highlighting
Your highlighter might be of any shade. These come in powders, liquids, creams, or even baked products. You can also watch some videos to understand more about shades of highlights. In this step of continuing for beginners, you are very near to getting your perfect contour makeup.
Your face shape contour will accentuate your features and give you a look you would love. Put highlighters on your cheekbones, tip of your nose, cupid’s bow, chin, and above your temples on your eyebrows.
And that is just it. This is how you apply contour makeup in simple, easy steps. With practice, you will get the hang of it and understand where each product looks best on your skin. You are well on time to learn this makeup skill, and your look will be much better than just strobing you were doing earlier.
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Sara is a pro-makeup artist who's been working with some of the biggest cosmetic brands. While makeup is Sara's passion, she also enjoys travelling the world to enrich her beauty career.