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Contouring your face made EASY:

Updated on September 14, 2014

Facial contouring....It’s that thing you’ve seen all the celebrities doing with their makeup, but you aren’t really sure how to do it yourself in a timely manner.

“A beautifully contoured face is everything ”

Contouring is sculpting the face’s natural shadows to create shape. It will help define the shape of your face and give you an overall polished look.

Perfectly sculpted cheekbones are achievable, once you know five things the artists know:


When makeup artists talk about contouring, it’s really a two-step process: using darker shades to create shadows, and then using highlighters to illuminate. The dark shadow hides areas of the face and highlighting brings features forward.


The areas to contour are the temples, the hollow area just below the cheekbone, the eye socket, the sides of the nose and the jawline and highlighting is applied to the upper cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose, brow bone and cupid’s bow (the curve of your upper lip below your nose).


Before you do anything: after washing your face, apply your moisturizer and let your skin absorb it well, because contour and highlight can move around on an overly hydrated skin. Primer will grab the product and hold it in place all day.


I have a simple way to accomplish the contouring process. All you need is your regular foundation shade and another foundation that’s two tones darker. I suggests applying the foundation that matches your skin tone first, while leaving the hollow of your cheekbones bare. Then apply the darker shade along the hollow area. Using a brush or your fingers, blend the shades together for a smooth contour.

Highlight with an illuminator that works with your skin tone, or for a really natural look, I suggests a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin. Lightly tap on with either your fingertips or a small brush along the upper cheekbone, never rub!

Well here you go "Contouring made easy!"....


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    • CelebrityArmyGlam profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Santa Clarita, CA

      You're welcome Leslie.... Let me know how it works for you :)

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      Leslie Ramos 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for posting this article, I am going to try it!


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