Today I have a 2 in 1 post for you, YAY! I will tell you everything you need to know on contouring and show you how I created a sexy Daytime Glam Makeup Look. Last week I have shared a more Natural Daytime Makeup Look. If you want to check it out, click here.
If you want to know what my signature Go To Look looks like and also want to know which my favorite makeup products are, than click here.
Now on to one of my favorite makeup topics….contouring! In the picture below you can see that one side of my face is contoured and the other one is not. Can you guess which side is the contoured one? Can you see the difference?
Soo….were you right? I personally love to contour my face for the reasons I will explain below. Chances are pretty high that you’ve heard a lot of beauty gurus talk about contouring. You may think that it looks so good on them but every time you try to recreate it, it doesn’t look that good on you? Or you may ask yourself what it is really suppose to do and how to apply it to your face?
In this post I will talk about how I like to contour my face but of course it differs from face shape to face shape. If you would like me to write individual posts on each face shape, please let me know in the comments below and I am more than happy to do so.
What is contouring and why do I need to do this?
- Contouring is known in the makeup world as giving your face shape and dimension so that it enhances your natural features and moreover your facial structure. It is about creating ‘subtle’ shadows to create the illusion of a more defined facial structure.
What is your individual face shape:
In the picture above you can see well that I have an oval face shape.
What to use for contouring:
- In makeup there are no rules, however, I like to stick to matte cool-toned products to create the illusion of a more natural shadow. Depending on your skin color you may want to stick to colors such as beige, brown, taupe, and grey.
- As for the products you can choose
- a more liquid/creamy consistence which will give a more natural finish as liquids/cremes tend to ‘melt’ into the skin leaving it more natural.
- a powder on its own or to set the liquid/creme contour
- The brush/tool to apply your contour is also important. You can either:
- start off with a smaller, fluffier eyeshadow brush to be more precise
- or you can use something similar to the Ita brush from Nars
TIP: If you are like me, liking your powder contour but you don’t want it to look too powdery, than spritz some setting spray (or I like to use some rose water) on your face. This will take the powder finish away.
Here, I am listing some of my favorite products and tools to contour:
Where to contour: Unlike common belief that everyone should contour in the same areas,
- It depends on 2 two things:
- the shape of your face
- and your preferences
- Places to contour:
- right underneath your cheekbone (if you have a skinny/sunken in face be careful with placing a contour there, as it may accentuate this appearance!)
- nose (I will do a whole post on nose contouring, if you are interested as it is a MUST for my nose)
- hairline (this is only necessary if you feel like you have a bigger forehead as it diminishes the appearance of a big forehead)
- jawline (this is great if you have a double chin or just want your jawline to appear sharper
- crease on your eyelid (to give the illusion of more defined/sultry eyes)
- underneath your bottom lip (to make your lips look more full
- Bluring out harsh contour lines is key. You want to start off softly and build up to the intensity that you like. To make your contour blend seemingly and appear more natural, use a damp beauty blender and blend it lightly upwards (never downwards!)
- Imagine a 3 down the sides of your face and follow the shape to place your contour (hairline, temple, cheekbones and jawline)
COMPLETED GLAM DAYTIME MAKEUP LOOK
- L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation in 105 (great for my oily girls out there)
- I applied the color ‘lucid’ from the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette all over my eyelid as a base and to make the following colors more blendable.
- I than applied the Marc Jacobs – Highliner Gel Eye Crayon along my lashline as well onto my tearline.
- I mixed MAC – Embark + Brown Script Single Eyeshadows and started to smoke out the gel liner and started to define my crease.
- To intensify the look I added MakeUp Geek – Brown Sugar onto the outer V of my eyes as well onto my crease.
- I blended everything out with a clean fluffy brush and continued the same steps until I was satisfied with the intensity.
- I added a matte winged liner to intensify the shape of my eyes. Maybelline Lasting Drama Eye Gel Liner – Blackest Balck is one of my favorite gel eyeliner.
- I like to use the Rimmel – Lash Accelerator for my first coat and follow with the
- Artdeco – Angel Eyes
Eyebrows: To finish up the look I slightly filled in my brows with the
- Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz in medium brown and put them in place with the
- clear brow gel
- Makeup Forever Aqua Lipliner in 1C to slightly overline my lips and fill in my whole lips.
I would love to know what face shape you have and what you prefere: Creme contouring/powder contouring or using both?
I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new.
Have a wonderful day!