It seems like a long time ago that contouring wasn’t a part of our daily makeup routine. How did we manage without a bit of bronze and highlight to kick off our day? Although ‘strobing‘ almost pushed contouring to the side, it looks like our usual contour routine is here to stay. At this stage, we all know contouring is about creating shadows on your face so that your face appears more sculpted and chiselled. Not that any of us really need it, but we’ll take what we can get! As we’ll be on the contouring bandwagon for yet another while, we feel as if we need a bit of an update! Check out the latest tips and products to get that perfect contour you’ve been after.
Map It Out
First things first, you’ll have to map out your contour according to your face shape. Once you know your own face shape (whether it be oval, square, you name it) it’s easier to know what areas you’ll want contoured. It all depends on your face shape, but the general rule is to contour along the hallow section under your cheekbone, the jawline and slightly along the top of the forehead.
A good way of mapping out your contour is by using cream products. We love the Benefit Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer, as it’s quick and easy to map out exactly where you want to contour and it bronzes up your skin. This way, your contour blends seamlessly! It’s a win-win situation!
All About The Blend
Whether your preference is cream or powder contouring (we LOVE theBalm Highlite ‘n’ Con Tour palette for powder contour), it’s still all about the blend! Again, it’s all about preference whether to use brushes or a beauty blender when it comes to blending. Here at Littlewoods Ireland HQ, it’s all about the beauty blender for cream contour (the Real Techniques beauty blender wins hands down), and fluffy brushes (this flawless Spectrum set is ideal) when it comes to powder.
The golden rule when it comes to blending your contour is to always blend upwards. The goal is to create shades and definition to lift the face, so always blend upwards.
If you’re using a beauty blender, gently press the product into the skin in an upward motion. If you prefer using brushes, blend in circular motions and again, blend upwards. Go for a little product at a time so it’s easier to blend. You’ll be a blending expert in no time. Onwards and upwards!
For that flawless finishing touch, set your look with powder. You don’t want all that hard week to be for nothing. Translucent powder is one product that should be in every makeup bag!
If you’re going all out for the full contour and highlight look, start with matte highlight. This would be concealing under your eyes, forehead, chin with a lighter shade of concealer. Then go in with your contouring shade, and finish the look with a pop of shimmer highlight along the top of your cheekbones.
Always bronze before contouring. Use a matte bronzer to warm up your skin tone where the sun would naturally hit your face. If you’re unsure, go for a three shape along the side of your face. Work from your forehead, under your cheekbone and finally, under your chin.
The big difference between bronzing and contouring is that bronzer will warm up your face, while contour will create shadows and it’s a cooler-toned shade.
Build up the product as you go along. It’s a lot easier to add product than it is to remove!
Do you have a favourite product you always turn to when it comes to contouring? Check out our ‘Best Reviewed Beauty Products’ to see if your fave is there!