Why Contour??

I’m sure by now we have all heard of the ever- growing makeup technique “Contouring”. I have had many people who ask me why they should even bother? What’s the big deal? 

Well the whole point in contouring is to define the angles of your face/ create angles you do not have.

Contouring is more important if you are going to be on film, stage, or taking pictures. Contouring darkens that which would not look as pronounced  or in this case renounced on film or in bright lighting.

What’s so important about angles, you ask.

Everything. Everything with photography and lighting, how to look the best in a picture or on film- it is ALL about the ANGLES.

Angles are what give you definition and depth; and depending on those angles depends on how well you look.

With contouring you want to create the appearance of shadows so you are in a sense “hollowing” out things.

Now that I have explained why you should contour here are some handy tips on HOW TO:

1. Good Brushes

The Tarte Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush is my absolute favorite for a dramatic contour. You want plastic surgery through makeup this is your guy!

Source: sephora.com

Source: sephora.com

Smashbox Cosmetics Fan Brush this brush is my favorite for a soft, blended contour.

Source: nordstorm.com

Source: nordstorm.com

Smudge Brush I like to use this kind of a brush for a strong contour down the sides of my nose. I’ll draw the line the skinny way then blend it the fat way.

Source: sephora.com

Source: sephora.com

2. MATTE Bronzer

When contouring you always want to use a more matte bronzer, over one with shimmer. It’s okay to have a slight shimmer, but the matter the better. A matte contour will look more natural.

HOOLA Bronzer from Benefit Cosmetics is great for fair- medium skin.

Source: birchbox.com

Source: birchbox.com

The Chocolate Soleil Bronzer from Too Faced Cosmetics is great for medium- dark skintones.

Source: toofaced.com

Source: toofaced.com

3. Stick to the “3”

You want to follow the guideline of the #3. You want to blend along the top of your forehead come in at the temple, then swoop out again and blend under the cheekbone.

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I will be posting a contouring tutorial video very soon!


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