Who needs plastic surgery when you can contour? A term and technique widely used by various makeup artists around the world, that enables you to create an optical illusion by giving shape to an area of your face, without going under the knife! It may sound impossible, but it’s very much true! Find out more about Contouring & Highlighting below, including a YouTube video from my channel demonstrating how I contour, and highlight my face.
What does the term Contour mean?
Contouring, is a technique that was mainly used by celebrities, and runway models. However it is now becoming part of many girls daily routines. When you contour, you create an illusion, giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup. It’s not supposed to be noticeable, just a subtle definition. It’s all about the artistry—and illusion! It can be used on any area of the body, not only your face. Some women contour their cleavage for example to appear larger.
What is the difference between Contour and Highlight ?
The contour is the area in your face that you want to hide, or pushback. Whereas the highlight is the area you want to bring forward and emphasis.
There are many videos on YouTube showing people how to contour. The best way to learn is by practice, as everybody has a different shaped face, and preference in terms of products. While in the states I took a contour makeup class with Sephora, they actually introduced me to Clinique chubby sticks, which I found were very easy to apply, leaving no marks or residue behind. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, I most definitely learned a lot from it, and would consider taking more makeup classes in the future.
I personally prefer cream based contours, only because I feel that powder contours have a way of disappearing, and visibly less effective. Using a cream base gives more definition, however if you are looking for something less visible, then a powder contour would be the best option. It is important to match your skin tone to the products you use – Yes the contour needs to be at least two shades darker than your skin tone – but not on the orange side, lean more towards nude, and brown tones, for a more natural look.
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