Contouring is the New Photoshop!

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When applied right, contouring can define your cheekbones and jaw line, reduce the look of a double chin, minimize a larger nose, and lift sagging eyes. It’s basically using makeup to highlight and accentuate your features. This is especially important for photos, as the camera tends to pick up shadows and highlights better than the naked eye.

Get started!

When you apply foundation to your entire face, you’ve created a blank canvas, so you have to go back and add the dimensions back. It creates the illusion of a stronger jaw line, more chiseled cheeks and a slimmer face. And the easiest way to do this is by drawing the letter E on each side of your face to contour and the letter C on each side of your eyes. Anyone can do that, right? I’m showing you how to do it with both cream and powder formulas together for staying power, but you can certainly do one or the other.

Tools you’ll need!

  • Cream foundation
  • A flat headed contour brush
  • Blush
  • Bronzing
  • Highlight powder
  • Angel contour brush

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How to go about it!

After you’ve applied your foundation all over your face and neck but before any powder, dip your brush into the cream bronzer/darker foundation to load it up.

  • Swirl the brush on the back of your hand to take away some of the intensity.
  • Start at the middle of the top of your hairline and begin the letter E by tracing along the perimeter down to your temple.
  • Suck in your cheeks to see exactly where your cheekbones are then continue the middle prong of the letter E by sweeping the brush from your temple to just underneath the cheekbone (to hollow it out).
  • Go back along the underside of your cheekbone to the ear then down to your jaw line. Finish the E by sweeping the brush just on and underneath the jaw line. I like to also fill in the whole neck to really shade it, but I have profile issues and do anything I can to make mine more pronounced!
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Now swirl off any remainder on a tissue or the back of your hand and use the same brush to fill up with the cream highlighter.
  • Draw the letter C by holding the brush in the middle of your forehead just above your brow and outlining the eye all the way to your temple then down under your eye just above your cheekbone. This will pull that area forward and really highlight your eyes.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Don’t forget to highlight your nose from the middle and use bronzer on the sides to get a narrow nose.
  • Take the dry blush brush and go back over the E’s and C’s in swirling motions to really blend it into the skin.
  • Finish by grabbing the angled contour brush and going over the E with the bronzing powder and the C with the highlighting powder.


Madiha HassanWritten By Madiha Hassan (95 Posts)

Madiha Hassan is Chief Consultant at IdeasGuild. She is an interior designer, an artist and a blogger.

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