Contouring? Help!

The craze in make up right now seems to be contouring. Everyone is doing it, especially with Kim Kardashian West and the rest of the Kardashians posting pictures on their Instagram and other social media about contouring. So what exactly is it and how do I do it? Is it hard? Have no fear all of these questions will be answered and more just follow this post and you will be contouring like Kim K. in no time!

So, what exactly is contouring? Basically all it is doing is highlighting and darkening certain parts of your face to get that definite shape. Contouring can make your face look more polished and help to accentuate parts of the face that might not otherwise be noticed. For example when you contour you darken underneath your cheek bones to make them more prominent.

Contouring is tricky because there are so many different way to contour and different products to use. You can contour with creamy products for a very defined and heavy contour or you can keep it simple and contour with powder. I like both of these looks and they are both relatively easy. I contour with my powder every day, but I usually only contour with creamy products when I have big plans. Sometimes for a very defined look I will contour with my liquid makeup then go back over it with my powder for even more of the “wow” factor. What I mean when I say “creamy products” is cover up or foundation. They have kits where you can buy the creamy contour products, but I personally think contouring with cover up work just as well (this is also the cheaper way.)

When contouring with creamy products, I’ve found that coverup sticks work really well, but so does regular liquid coverup. Mainly it is all about what you feel more comfortable with and how well you are at applying the product. Either way you should have one product that is two shades darker and one that is two shades lighter. When doing this it is important to look for a matte (not shiny) product, the matte will give it more of a shadow effect. When you contour with powder it is basically the same principles, but with powder, be sure to blend evenly no matter which contouring you decide.

If you have ever looked up contouring I’m sure you’ve seen these girls and think they looked so weird with all of those lines of dark and light makeup all over their faces. It is hard for me to explain where you should darken and where you should highlight because every face shape is different and it is important to make sure you are contouring correctly for your face shape. Because of this dilemma I have posted a link at the bottom of the article about contouring correctly for your face shape!

Another important part of contouring properly, or when applying any makeup really, is using the correct brushes. One of the most important parts of contouring is blending and it is important to have either a blending brush or a beauty blender. Fan brushes are also really nice to have because they help to “fan” the makeup out to the jaw line and down the neck. I know there are so many brushes out there, so I posted a link to which brushes are used for what. I know I posted this in last weeks post, but having the proper brushes is crucial when applying makeup properly.

The last thing I want to focus on today is how important taking off your makeup is! Your skin is something that you have from the day you are born until you die and it is very important to make sure it is healthy. Yes it is fun putting on all of this makeup and dressing your face up, but it is just as important to keep your face looking just as nice without makeup. Make sure to wash your face at least twice a day and keep your brushes as clean as possible, you don’t want bacteria building up and breaking out your pretty face! Thanks for reading this week, come back next week for more makeup tips!

Contouring for face shape:

Perfect Brushes:

What you need when contouring:


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