Beauty Focus: Can’t contour- won’t contour?

Contouring..Enhancing your best features is a skill you will be glad you possess

Contouring..Enhancing your best features is a skill you will be glad you possess

FACE contouring is something foreign to the vast majority of us females and anyone brave enough to undertake this professional makeup task should be applauded.

However, it’s a technique that shouldn’t be left to just the professionals.

The art of contouring takes a bit of time and practice but when it becomes part and parcel of your make up regime then it’s a skill you will be thankful to posses.

Enhancing your best facial features with a swipe of bronzer or highlighter can prove very beneficial and could actually detract from those bits you dislike the most.

Contouring is the best way of masking those facial parts you dislike the most and creates an blank canvas to help boost your ‘look’.

Make up artists try to give the illusion of a more oval face by creating shadows and one of the key factors to perfecting contouring is blending.

Think back to your school days during art class when we are taught that lighter colours accentuates a picture, while shadowing recedes it.

To contour at home, choose an eye shadow, foundation, or bronzer that’s about one shade darker than your complexion and use an angled brush.

Women with square face shapes have a very prominent jaw so to soften this area, create a shadow by applying a contouring shade along the jawline, then blending upward. You also want to apply the darker hue at the temples.
To soften strong cheekbones, apply your contour to the area right in front of the ears downward into the hollows of the cheeks.

Rounder face shapes have a youthful appearance. Achieve more definition in your cheek area by brushing a contouring colour along the jawline from the ears to the corners of lips. Make sure to blend upward and inward with soft brush strokes.

To detract from a long face, apply a darker shade of foundation around the chin and hairline.

Use an angled makeup brush to apply your contouring colour along the hairline from your temples down toward the ears.

This will help minimise the look of a wider forehead.

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