All about contouring makeup – basics and tips

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips


In recent years, girls around the world have become crazy lovers of contouring makeup . And this is not a phenomenon too surprising, given that it allows to sculpt his face as we have always wanted without resorting to plastic surgery. This strategic application of make-up allows you to define your face, so that only “highlights” emerge and all imperfections are carefully hidden. In order to show you how it works, we have gathered practical information and examples in very eloquent images. Check them out, find your inspirational muse and master this miraculous makeup technique!



All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Whether it’s the first time you’ve heard about contouring makeup or you’ve made some unsuccessful attempts to make it work, the current listing will be quite useful. In other words, it will give you and its essential fundamentals and tricks that only seasoned makeup artists know. As a bonus, the photos before and after you will be full!

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Firstly, contouring makeup is based on the methodical application of a creamy or powdered mascara in contrasting tones so that the facial features generally considered aesthetic are highlighted, while the less desirable ones are asleep. Secondly, it is not “frozen” – it is not the same for anyone, or at least it should not be. In order to succeed, one must learn to apply it according to the specific structure of his face as well as the complexion of his skin. There are “universal” moments like, for example, highlighting the upper part of the cheekbones and visually refining the nose, but the rest is somewhat individual.

Which brushes for a flawless contouring makeup?

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips


As logic dictates, the first step towards success is getting the right contouring makeup products. It goes without saying that they must above all be of high quality and also adapted to your skin type. Keep in mind that, except for the makeup itself, a beauty blender sponge and 2 or 3 brushes will also be needed.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

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In fact, as good color mixing is essential to this technique, having the right brushes is also imperative. Ideally, you could afford a large contouring bevel brush, a large or medium curved blender or blender, and a small round-tip flat shader for precise details.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips


There are sets of 2, 3 or 4 contouring brushes however you are free to create your own set. Thus, you can invest a larger sum in the brushes more used and guide you to a low end that you will only use from time to time. Many amateur makeup artists and even some professionals use their fingers to mix tones.

The criteria for choosing your palette

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips


Choose your first contouring palette by visiting a beauty shop specializing in the sale of branded makeup. Thus, you could not only consult a specialist in the field but also try the samples for free and compare them. The consultant will help you choose the products that best fit your ideas, skin type and budget.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Sephora, M⋅A⋅C, NYX Cosmetics, Kiko Milano and Nocibé are just some of the good brands touted by the add-ons. In addition, take into consideration that contouring pallets exist, roughly speaking, in two very different variants – powder and cream. In short, the powdered ones (shown above) are generally better suited for novices while the cream ones (shown below) require some experience during application.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

A good beginner’s Highlighting & Contouring kit should contain at least 3 different shades with the same sub-tone. But a double palette of illuminator and tan can also work for some more skillful girls. On the other hand, several renowned palettes are richer and contain 6, 8 and even more varied nuances (including correctors of complexion, as is the case of the product above).

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Most often, we have one or two very light colors to put light accents, one or two medium (a little darker than your natural complexion) for a smooth transition between the other two and one or two very dark to soften the outline of the jaw and perfect the shape of the cheekbones, among other things.

Highlighting & Contouring – basics and tips

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

First, we will give you some general tips and then we will discuss make-up contouring step by step. Of course, you can also look for extra help by watching video tutorials on YouTube. The 3 golden rules to remember at all costs are:

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

1. Do not cover your entire face, focus on the mandible, nose, forehead and cheeks. Finish your look by putting on makeup and adding a lipstick of your choice;

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

2. Start with a light application and, if necessary, add color to achieve the desired appearance. In the end, contouring makeup should make you look as natural as possible;

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

3. Make sure all applied accents are well balanced and perfectly mixed together. Otherwise, you could end up looking literally like a clown and nobody wants such a grotesque effect.

The 5 essential steps of any successful contouring makeup

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

1. Use a little dark color and the large angled brush to soften the look of your face. The ends of the forehead, the lower jaw and especially the “hollow” of the cheekbones are preferred.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

2. Apply the dark or medium color on the back of the nose as two parallel vertical lines (as below). For more precision, please use a brush more or less fine.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

3. Use a small amount of the light color to emphasize the central parts of the forehead, the portion of the cheeks just below your eyes and the tip of the chin.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

4. Use your fine paintbrush and the lightest color on your palette to accentuate the cheekbones, temples, the bridge of the nose (without the tip), the eyebrow arch, and Cupid’s bow.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

5. With the big spinner or the beauty blender, erase the sharp boundaries between the colors already applied. If necessary, add a little of one of the medium shades of your palette to better mix everything.

Contouring makeup according to the morphology of the face and the complexion

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

When it comes to skin tone, you simply need to choose the closest palette to your natural shade. As you will see for yourself, contouring techniques in proportion to the shape of the face are not totally different from each other because the basic points (listed above) are almost always the same. There are, however, some small differences that you can see below:

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

It is essentially the shape of the colorful accents that changes, while their location is almost always the same. We have the mole to “dig” the cheeks and soften the forehead and mandible, we have the bright makeup to highlight the look and the top of the cheekbones and the pink blush as a finishing touch. For information, the light gray indicates the points where you have to blend to mix the light and dark.

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

With a square face we will apply contouring makeup so that the lines become more elongated and “rounded”. However, having a diamond-shaped face will highlight the forehead and cheekbones while reducing the overall width of its physiognomy. Here, finally, some tutorials in photos illustrating the logic behind the different types of contouring makeup and their particular application.

Tutos makeup contouring in photos – total transformations in stages:

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

How to soften the mandible and raise the cheekbones in a few easy steps

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Create a less-wide-face optical illusion with a clear “core” and dark outlines

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

The contouring makeup is not reserved for the face – the neck and décolleté also benefit

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

The makeup is enough to hide the imperfections of the skin while sculpting the mine

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Set of contrasting tones placed in strategic places to lengthen the round face

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

Ladies with dark skin can simply use a little tan after the foundation

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips

All about contouring makeup - basics and tips


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