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Alternative Face Contouring for Beginners

Updated on December 10, 2019
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If you are a beginner like me & face contouring seems tricky to you, then I hope this article is going to be very helpful for you

Step by step explanation & tips for making alternative contouring products

Contouring means giving your face the right shape through makeup, no matter how your face actually looks like. Various contouring kits are available in the market and they are very expensive. But instead, it can easily be prepared at home with some cheap but harmless ingredients, which is especially useful for beginners.

First of all I would like to mention, contouring is done in areas of the face that are unusually large or wide; Big forehead, wide nose, big double chin, etc., to give these parts normal shape through makeup. Contouring products should always be one or two shades darker than the complextion of your face. Prior to contouring the base makeup of the face ie primer and then the foundation should be applied. And then use the contouring product.

Contouring is usually done in two steps. The first step is to use a cream product and then in second step a powder product is used to set the cream product & to give your face a bronze effect. For contouring the cheeks, apply a little amount of cream product in the area between the ear & the middle of the cheek & blend the product very well to give your cheeks a chiseled shape, for nose contouring apply a little bit of product in 'U' shape around the bridge of your nose & again blend the product very well. In the similar manner your large forehead & double chin are made to look smaller. Blend some product just under your hair line area & at the edges of your double chin to give them a proper shape. In the next step, the contoured parts are brushed with a powder product of similar dark shade.

Now let's get to the main point, that is, the main content of this article. We can make these two types of products for contouring with readily available materials at home. The only thing that we can use for both the cream product and the powder product is the "cocoa powder". For the cream product you will need a little amount of the foundation that you use for your base make up & then mix it with some cocoa powder as needed. And then you can see that a dark shade foundation is slowly being formed. This product can be made in large quantities and can be stored in a container just like a market bought contour cream. How much cocoa powder you mix depends entirely on how much dark your contouring shade should be contrasting your base make-up. We will mix as much or as little cocoa powder with our foundation as we need. Your contour cream is ready to use now. Now, for the powder bronzer product I will use the same cocoa powder again. Take some of the loose setting powder that you use to set the base makeup and mix it with the same cocoa powder as needed to get the right shade. It should be kept in mind that since it gives a finishing look, the two powders should be mixed very well. This powder should be brushed over the areas where the cream contouring has been done. Well ... your face contouring is done now. If you follow these tips correctly, no one will know that we are the beginners at this field :D

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