5 Steps for Contouring Your Face with Makeup

5 Steps for Contouring Your Face with Makeup

Follow this 5-step guide for foolproof contouring that adds dimension to your face.

By: Lynnette Hernandez

Contouring with makeup adds more dimension to your face by adding shadows and highlights, playing up your cheekbones and even reshaping your nose. Professional makeup artists have been using contouring for years. It can be so effective that contouring is often the secret glam factor in the gorgeous red-carpet looks of many celebrities. Get the look at home with our simple step-by-step guide.

Tip: For better results keep your makeup brushes clean. Checkout How to Clean Makeup Brushes using paper towels.

What You’ll Need:
Angled contour brush
Fluffy blush brush

1. Choose the Right Color for You
Choose a bronzer a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone. Stick with a matte bronzer, as opposed to one with shimmer, since it will be used to create depth and sculpt the face.

2. Find Your Contours
Apply bronzer along the hollows of your cheeks (the best way to find the right spot for application is to make “fish lips”). Follow the line in a crescent shape — be sure it’s somewhat parallel to the jaw line and reaches up to the hairline.

3. Sweep on Blush
Using a round blush brush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and back toward the temples. This area should be right above the bronzer application to ensure a seamless blend.

4. Blend
Once you have the blush in place, use the blush brush to blend the bronzer and blush together using a circular buffing motion. This step is important, as you don’t want obvious lines across your face where one ends and the other begins.

5. Highlight Those Cheekbones
The final step is highlighting to bring out the cheekbones. Apply the highlighter directly on your cheekbones, just above the blush. Your cheekbones are located at the highest part of the outer cheek, just below the eye.

Do have any special tricks for contouring your face with makeup? Share your tips with us in the comments.

Lynnette writes Style Maeve, a fashion blog dedicated to finding the latest styles, celebrity looks and weekly features that help you get the look you want without breaking the bank.


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