Contouring is a makeup miracle. Essentially, it’s using foundation, bronzer, highlighter and powder in various tones to create lines meant to define your chin, cheekbones, nose and forehead. This will accentuate certain features on your face while softening others. Using the shape of your face as a starting point will help you accentuate the right features. Use this guide to find out your face shape, and the best technique for you.
1. Heart-shaped face
You have a heart-shaped face if your cheekbones are wider than your rounded hairline and your chin is long and pointed. Stick to the edges of your face, starting at your forehead, moving down to below your cheekbones, then brush down to the tip of your chin. This will accentuate your face shape but also balance the width of your forehead and the narrowness of your jaw.
2. Diamond-shaped face
A diamond-shaped face is characterised by wide cheekbones, while the forehead and jaw are relatively narrow. Gently contour in the area underneath your cheekbones. Start brushing from your ear and across to below your cheekbones, finishing by your jawline. Fill this area in with foundation and make sure to blend well. This look will counteract the width of your cheekbones and add definition to the lower half of your face.
3. Oval-shaped face
You have no strong lines by your jaw and tend to have a wider face around your hairline – like an upside-down egg. Contour on the sides of your forehead and below your cheekbones. Make sure to blend well to avoid any other base makeup from being too visible. Since oval-shaped faces are naturally symmetrical and evenly balanced, contouring is mainly just to accentuate your face shape and define your lines.
4. Square-shaped face
If your jawline and hairline are of similar width and your face is quite wide, this is probably you. Focus the contour on your temples, beginning to brush from the forehead and working down to your temples to make your forehead appear narrower. Then brush under your cheekbones and directly along your jawline. This will make the upper half of your face (your hairline) appear narrower to balance the strong lines of your jawline.
5. Round-shaped face
This is when you have no definitive lines or angles along your jaw, cheeks, chin or hairline. Since your face is lacking in definition, brush along the edges of your forehead and your temples, then apply below your cheekbones and straight down your checks ending at your jawline. By making the upper half of your face narrower and shading lines on your lower half, this contouring will create angles and add length to your face
Tips to keep in mind
Brush a modest amount of contouring product onto your face. Don’t cake it on like you would when applying foundation. Also, remember to evenly blend the contour with your foundation to create the illusion that these are your natural assets, not the result of clever trickery. Using all-in-one kits such as NYX Professional Makeup Concealer, Correct, Contour Palette will make the process easier as it contains everything you’ll need in one handy package.