If you’re not familiar with face contouring, don’t be intimidated ladies! This makeup technique used by professionals and everyday women is one of the easiest ways to enhance your already fabulous facial features, and make you stand out above the crowd. It slims your face and creates definition and illumination to create a sleek, sculpted look.
The first step in doing this is discovering what type of face shape you have. There are five main face shapes: oval, round, heart, square and long. Most makeup artists recommend standing in a bathroom facing the mirror and tracing or outlining the shape of your face directly onto the mirror. A dry erase marker, lipstick, or even a bar of soap will work for this. When you step back, you may be surprised at what shape your face really is!
Now that you have discovered the shape to your face, defining it is the goal. The way one can define the shape of their face is through contouring. Contouring is a commonly used way to change the appearance to face shape through the use of makeup. To be successful in contouring, you will need your regular face makeup, blush, highlighter and a bronzer one or two shades darker than your face makeup. Blending the bronzers and blushes into specific spots on the face can define cheek bones that you never had, or even narrow the bridge of your nose without going under the knife!
Tips Relevant to Specific Face Shape:
An oval shaped face is considered the ideal face shape, as it is generally symmetrical and needs very little or no contouring. Lucky! This face shape can take on most hair styles and makeup trends and is characterized by broad cheeks and tapers inward at the forehead and chin. If this is you, enjoy it!
This shape tends to appear more youthful than others. Full cheeks and a round chin are common characteristics. Basic contouring can be used to enhance the round face shape. Place highlighter on the forehead, under the eyes, on the tops of the cheeks and on the chin. Along the cheeks and jaw, apply bronzer and blend very well, mixing the highlighter and the bronzer to create ‘shadowing’.
This face shape is similar to the round face; however, the jaw line tends to be much sharper than in a round face shape. To soften these sharp corners, use highlighter on the forehead, under eyes, and on the chin. Apply bronzer to the temples and at the corners of the jaw. Blend this together and add a natural blush to the cheeks.
Heart shaped faces are wide at the forehead and pointed at the chin. Focus highlighter on the chin, under eyes, and forehead and apply bronzer on cheeks. Blend together.
Long faces are usually characterized by high cheek bones, high forehead, and sharp jaw line. To shorten and soften the edges of this face shape, apply a small amount of bronzer to the chin and blend well. Blush on the apples of the cheeks also assist in bringing out the nice cheekbones.
For other areas which may need contouring such as the bridge of the nose, apply bronzer to the sides of the nose and highlighter to the top and blend until the desired width is reached. Just remember, the areas we want to highlight, use highlighter and the areas we want to go away, use bronzer!