To most, contouring may seem like the new craze, but to the rest of us it is something we have been doing for a long time to add definition to our face and to slim down features that aren’t our most favourite. Contouring can come across as quite a daunting step in the make up process, but once you know where and how, it will become second nature to you. When it comes to contouring your face, there is a VERY fine line between doing it right and completely changing your face making you look like a different person.

 

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The first thing to think about is what kind of contouring products you’re going to use. Cream or powder? Sometimes both works too. Because contouring has become so popular lately thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and her amazing make up artist Mario Dedivanovic, most brands have c ome out with specialised contouring kit. I’m sure most of these are really great, but if you don’t have the means to buy these items, it’s not the end of your contouring world. Any colour that’s 2-3 shades darker than your foundation will work. If you have decided to use cream for your contouring, once you have applied your foundation (http://michelledickman.com/2015/07/finding-your-foundation/) now is the time when you would go in and do your contouring. I almost always start in the hollow of your cheeks. Be careful not to use too much product when contouring, rather use too little and add more then use too much and have to start all over again.  An easy way to find where to apply your contour is to take two fingers, place them along your jawline, under your eye and next to your nose, the area in the middle will be where you will add that 2-3 shades darker colour. It doesn’t matter if you apply the colour in a messy way because it’s all going to be blended out. I have recently enjoyed using the Clinique Contouring Chubby Stick.

 

 

 

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It’s so easy to use and blends out really well. All you need to do is draw a line down the hollow of your cheek and blend it out. When you’re blending out your contour blend it upwards towards your cheek bone rather than down towards your jawline. By doing this you are creating that defined more chiseled look. When you drag the contour down it distorts the look of your face. This is not what you are wanting to achieve. Now that the cheeks are done it’s time to move onto the next placement. Along the hair line and temples. This balances out the contour and adds more definition to the shape of your face. People with heart shaped faces will also create the illusion of a more proportioned face.

 

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For those of you that are uncomfortable with the shape of your nose, co touring can definitely help with giving the illusion that it’s a different shape. By simply shading the sides of your nose, your nose shape will be transformed.  We all know that double chins can be the death of us, contouring it will hide what we don’t want others to see. Given that all of the above contour has been applied using a cream shade, once all of it has been blended out, apply your powder as usual. If you have decided to contour using a powder shade, once your foundation has been set, go in and contour in the exact same places. I sometimes use both, making that contour stand out even more.

 

These are the most common places to contour. Where ever your contour is placed, a highlighter should be adjacent. Contour hides where highlighter brings out. By highlighting where you contour it evens out the shape of the face and lightens the parts you want people to notice.

Once your contour has been completed, you will see why this is one of make ups best kept secrets.