Believe it or not, this isn’t Halloween makeup! Contouring and highlighting add dimension to your face, making your facial features pop.
Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian use this simple beauty trick to enhance their features.
Contouring your face creates contrast by using a dark color to make certain areas “recede” and a light color to make other areas “pop”. This adds gorgeous dimension to enhance your features.
I think the word “contouring” scares a lot of people because it conjures up images of the ’80s, when women contoured with bright pink blush, like Cyndi Lauper. Rest assured, contouring is definitely more subtle these days. Matte bronzer is used instead of blush, so the shading looks more natural.
The image above, from Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces, acts as a visual guide to contouring and highlighting your face. Use a matte brown powder or bronzer for the dark areas and a concealer or highlighter for the light spots… then blend, blend, blend!
Below, you’ll see what the contouring technique in the picture above looks like once it’s blended:
Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, contoured with a matte brown color that mimics the natural shadows in her face.
Kim Kardashian, contoured with a bronzer that is darker and more orange than the color used on J.Lo
Creating TOO much contrast in your face can make you appear older, so don’t use a contour color that is way too dark for your skin tone and make sure you blend well!
You can use a shimmery highlighter or concealer to highlight your face but use a MATTE bronzer or shadow to contour your face. Shimmer and glitter make things “pop”, which would defeat the purpose of contouring. Also, if you contoured your whole face in shimmer, you’d shine like a disco ball.
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