I think it’s about time now boys and girls, we address the contouring fad, and set it straight. Contouring is the accentuating of natural features using makeup by manipulating shadowing and highlighting. Now, contouring seems to be getting a bad rep since the technique really boomed. Every corner of Boots is now covered in contouring, with all of our favorite makeup brands producing the next must-have contouring palette. Now the technique as it stands is really there to help you portray our own natural beauty, however, it can go wrong. So very, very wrong my friends. Essential it can go one or both ways and ruin a newly beat face; over highlight, over shadow or both.
I advise a few simple steps if you are considering entering the world of contour.
- Think you, your face, not her face
There is no right way to contour your face, but who else knows your face better than you. Think about the structure of your face and the areas you want to highlight and draw peoples eyes to and the areas you want to create definition. If you have a slightly rounder face you may want to concentrate on shadowing along your cheekbone line and blending it down and out towards your jaw, whereas if you face is naturally a love-heart shape you may want to focus more on your hairline and cheekbones. Again, if you don’t have a particularly defined chin space, draw a dotted line around your chin and blend to add a shadowed definition.
2. Highlight by a window
Highlighter can be a dead give away to your makeup secrets, and its a really easy one to overdo. I would recommend always highlight near a window for the natural daylight. Think about it, your makeup always looks better when your sat in front of your mirror with the warm lighting from your bedroom, BUT who knows what daylight shows. Either that or bring a pocket mirror and your blending sponge for the journey to work ladies.
3. Remember this is your face.
Your face is beautiful and that’s how yo’ mamma made ya’, were only accentuating what you already have, don’t very feel self conscious or nervous when you try contouring, start of with the simple cheekbones and work your way to what you are comfortable with, you don’t have to do what shes doing! At the end of cooking, its still your beautiful face.
Remember, live well and contour.