How to Contour According to Your Face Shape
Posted on 21 October 2019
We see thousands and thousands of contouring tutorials on the Internet but when you try them out, do you ever feel like it just doesn’t look quite as polished and sculpted on you?
You are not alone. I felt the same way too. But that’s not necessarily a reflection of our contouring skills!
Sometimes, you may just be following a makeup routine that doesn’t flatter your face.
In this post, I will show you the basic rules of contouring, the five basic face shapes, and the right way to contour depending on your face shape so you will always look bronzed and sculpted!
Find the right shade for your contour. Find a contour product that is a shade or two darker than your foundation. Your contour should be the perfect balance of the ashier colors with cool and grey undertones to mimic the color of natural shadows and bronze colors with warm undertones to make your skin look natural and healthy.
One of our top picks is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Brazen Bronze. It gives your skin a healthy glow but at the same time provides the right cool tones for the perfect sculpted look.
CONTOURING FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE
You have an oval shape when your forehead is a little wider than your chin. You also have high cheekbones. If you have an oval-shaped face, you have to follow the basic contour outline – number 3. From your temples, contour the outer part of your face, then sweep just below your cheekbones, then on the outside of your upper jaw. Add a little on the chin as well. You’ll notice that you’ll be forming the number 3!
If your jawline, cheekbones, and forehead are about the same width, you have a square face. For girls with this face shape, the goal is to make your face shape appear more circular and elongated. To do this, add more contour to the corners of your face. This includes the edges of your forehead and your jaw. Then add a little underneath your cheekbones. This will create an illusion of a smaller forehead and a slimmer jawline.
Your face shape is round if the width and length of your face are roughly the same sizes. The most common issue faced by girls with round faces is that it lacks definition. But it’s nothing contouring can’t fix. Just like those with oval-shaped faces, you have to do the “number 3” shape with only a little modification and with more intensity.
Contour on the outer edge of your forehead and connect it to your temples, under your cheekbones, and around your jawline. Make sure to avoid your chin so you can make an illusion of a longer face.
To our girls with a wide forehead and a sharp chin, you have a heart-shaped face. If you want the illusion of a more oval-shaped face, contour the edges of your forehead to make it look slimmer. Contour along your temples and under your cheekbones as well. Because you already have a sharp chin, avoid contouring your jawline and apply the product at the bottom of your chin instead. This will make your face appear a little shorter and less pointed.
When your forehead, cheekbones, and chin are the same width, you have a long-shaped face. The goal here is to balance the length of your face. Because your face is already long, you should avoid contouring the sides of your face. Contour at the top of your forehead, your jawline, and your chin. This will make your face appear shorter. If you want sculpted cheekbones, apply a little contour under your cheeks more horizontally and just curving it a little under your cheekbones.