Contouring or Kontouring as I like to call it has become a huge trend with makeup in recent years. Thanks to Kim Kardashian and her sisters their beautifully sculpted faces have become an inspiration to many women all over the world. Today we are going to review different products to contour with, and what areas of the face should have contouring vs. highlighting.
Where to contour and highlight your face:
It is important to note that contouring products should be matte and roughly two shades darker than your skin tone. The contour will help to shade areas that you want to sculpt or define. Contour should be applied to the hollows of your cheeks, forehead/temples, jawline and the side of the nose. Targeting these areas will help to slim out and sculpt your face. If your features are already defined do not apply the contour to those areas.
As for highlighting the product used should be two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlighting will emphasise the areas of the face that naturally catch the light. The highlight should be applied to the cupid’s bow, your chin, under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and your forehead.
Different types of contour products.
There are generally two different categories for contour products: cream and powder.
Cream contour products are best for when you want a dewy or full coverage look. Cream products can also be harder to use because many times people apply them too thickly. The finish is smoother with cream products but it is also important to note that cream products still need to be set with a powder.
Powder contour products are much easier to work with, especially if you are just learning how to contour. It is easier to blend and also allows you to build up the product little by little. This is also definitely the best option for those with oily skin.