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Contouring Tips for Six Basic Face Shape

Contouring is a process of making someone shape photogenic. It is done for many faces that are elliptical, rectangular, round, heart and diamond shaped. The use of correct brush and a makeup colour according to your countenance plays an important role in contouring of faces also pattern of brush movement over face adds a significant beauty to your look. 


When taking pictures, the biggest issue most girls have is their noses getting lost and faces looking wide and bright from the flash. The solution? A little process called contouring.
Contouring is when you enhance the hollows of your face to create sharper features and help slim your face. When you contour your face, you can also highlight it. Highlighting is when you enhance the parts of your face that naturally stick out, such as your cheekbones. Contouring and highlighting is the perfect way to make your favorite features stand out and it’s easier than you think.


Using two different shades of foundation for contouring one that matches your skin and one that's slightly darker. When you use one color [of foundation], especially a lighter color, it makes the face look wider and rounder. Apply the darker shade where there are "natural indents in the skin," typically the cheekbones and the sides of the nose then use the lighter shade everywhere else.




Women usually attempt to create depth in their faces by using blush, but that's a big no-no. Instead, ditch the blush and use darker foundation on shadowed areas and highlight your face where the light naturally reflects off of it as Oh perfectly illustrates here. To do this, blend a "white, opal or slightly golden toned [cream] along the center of the nose, inner corners of the eyes and along the tops of the cheekbones,"

Using a fluffy brush, blend out your contoured & highlighted areas in circular buffing motions. Afterwards, set with a little translucent powder.
There are six basic face shapes: oval, round, oblong, square/rectangle, heart, and diamond. Ideally, most people contour to create the illusion of an oval-shaped face, which is taken to be the model shape. You will need a contour powder or cream (or any matte bronzer, foundation, concealer, or nude blush slightly darker than your skin color); a small, round or angled blush brush; your choice of blush color; and a highlighter (illuminating/shimmery, light powder or cream).

Oval-Shaped Face:

Characterized by: forehead and jaw are almost the same width, jaw is only slightly              narrower than temples, prominent cheekbones, gently rounded hairline.

Contouring tips: Since this shape is ideal, there's not much to be done. You may either lightly contour right below your cheekbones or skip it all together. Apply blush starting directly below the outer part of the iris (of your eye), and blend along your cheekbones towards the top of the ear. Apply a highlighter to the top of your cheekbones (above the blush), and bring it up to the brow-bone in a C shape around the eye.

Round Face:

Characterized by: equal length and width, small forehead, fully-rounded jaw, full/wide cheeks.

Contouring tops: Contour on either side of the jaw up to the earlobes. Also contour along the hollows of your cheeks (right below cheekbones). Apply blush vertically from the center of the apples of the cheeks to slightly below your lip corners, then blend along the hollows of the cheeks along with the contour. Highlight above your cheekbones, middle of forehead, and center of chin.


Characterized by: long and slender, narrow chin or high forehead.

Contouring tips: Contour along the hairline and jaw line. Apply blush to the outer edges of your cheekbones (start from and focus color on apples of cheeks, then blend horizontally toward ears). Highlight right above the blush.


Characterized by: square/strong/sharp jaw line, sometimes square hairline.

Contouring tips: Apply contouring shade to either side of forehead and jaw line, then lightly blend toward center of face. Blush placement should start at the apples of the cheeks and then blended toward the upper half of the ears. Highlight right above the apples of the cheeks, center of forehead, and center of chin.


Characterized by: wide hairline and temples, narrow/pointy chin.

Contouring tips: Contour either side of forehead and temples. Blend temple contour along outer cheekbones. Apply blush to the apple of the cheeks and blend toward the top of the ear. Highlight jaw line.



Characterized by: narrow forehead and chin, wide cheekbones.

Contouring tips: Contour along the outer corners of the cheekbones. Apply blush in a curved shape starting at the apple of the cheeks and blending out toward the hairline. Highlight either side of the forehead and jaw.
Using these techniques should slightly change your face shape and enhance the overall look of your makeup. Make sure that all of your work is well blended so that it seems natural. If your face is a combination of some of the basic shapes (which is not uncommon), try combining the techniques for those shapes and see which combination works out best for you.





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