Monday, 29 June 2015

A Quick Guide To Contouring


Ever since I learned about face shapes and how to change make up to suite each shape, I've been contouring my face. I'm extremely self conscious of my face, it never seems to lose any weight and it always makes me feel huge in photographs. Over the years I think I've pretty much perfected the art of the natural looking contour, if I do say so myself! So many clients and customers ask about contouring when getting their make up done, so I couldn't resist making a little post on how to contour.


Let's start with the boring stuff: 


Consider the colour of the product you're going to use. Instead of going straight for a bronzer, think about the colour of a natural shadow. They tend to be taupe and grey tones rather than golden!
Also consider your face shape. You want to darken the parts of the face you want to take focus away from and lighten those you want to push forward. So if you're already happy with your jawline, or think you have a small forehead as it is, then there's no need to contour there.
Think about the type of product and brush you want to use. Do you want cream products to create a dewy finish, or matte products for a matte finish? Which brushes work best with these textures?


Ok, now onto the technique! 

As I mentioned, you're aiming to darken the areas you want to draw attention away from and lighten the areas you want more of a focus on. 
For most people, the cheekbones seem to be the main area. If you feel your cheekbone, you want to add your contour colour underneath the bone, starting from the ear and blending in towards the underside of the cheeks. I scoop some of the colour up towards my temples to stop it being such an obvious line. If you end up going a little dark, blend the product up the way onto the cheekbone rather than down towards the jawline. If you wear blusher, sweep it onto the apples of the cheeks and blend up along the cheek bone. Then, add your highlight colour onto the top of the cheek bone. Again, I like to curve this up towards my temple, almost following my eye socket.
To create the illusion of a smaller, or more rounded forehead, add a contour colour to the outermost corners of the forehead and blend upwards into the hairline. For a "tall" forehead, concentrate more colour in the top middle and out towards the sides. Highlight the centre of the forehead, above the brow.
For nose contouring, add a small line of contour down either side of the bridge of the nose and down the top of the nostrils (imagine an "L" shape.) Add a little to the tip of the nose and highlight down the centre of the bridge.

Have you ever tried contouring? What do you use? Do you have any tips to share? Let me know below!

Banana Beauty




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  1. Thanks for the tips, this was really helpful! :)

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    1. You're welcome! Glad it helped :)

      Hannah
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  2. Loved this post! Since i worked out which way to contour was best for my face shape i am now doing it everyday! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Yeah I can't live without it! Do you have any tips to share?

      Hannah
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  3. These tips are really helas I'm still figuring out how to contour :)

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad they helped! It's always a bit tricky to begin with when you first try something, but I'm sure you'll be a pro in no time :)

      Hannah
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  4. I am one of the few that hasn't quite mastered the art of contouring, tomorrow morning when I am doing my makeup I am going to give this a go!:) Thank you for the tips :)

    Amber xx
    Amber | theambiismiley.blogspot.ie

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    1. You're welcome, good luck tomorrow!

      Hannah
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  5. Your skin looks absolutely flawless!
    Great tips!

    Katy x x x

    - www.whatkatyknows.net

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    1. Thanks, I'm a firm believer in a good skincare routine and I think it really helps my skin!

      Hannah
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  6. I wish i could contour like this, or contour at all! great tips x

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  7. It does take a bit of practise, but as long as you add product little by little you can build up your skills without risking a muddy face or harsh line! I believe in you :)

    Hannah
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