Contouring might have lost some popularity in the beauty world in favour of strobing but it is an age-old make-up technique which will never go away. It was always there for film, television and magazines but now consumers are more aware of it so it’s everywhere.
It can seem scary at first, with the risk of ending up with a stripy or dirty face but if you remember one of the key make-up application techniques, you’ll be fine. It is: blend, blend, blend!
Use contouring to define your face and if you are skilled enough, to even change your face, for example, to look like Maleficent!
Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire and Guardian writer, Anita Bhagwandas, gives her take on sculpting, strobing and the products to use when trying it out here.
I personally contour when I want a change, when I am going to have professional photos taken or when I’m on a night out with friends. The light will be absorbed where you deepen the shadows in the hollows of your cheeks and the sides of your nose and the light will reflect where you apply the highlight.
The basic rules are the same but everyone has their own techniques for achieving the same result. I’ve put together a collection of vlogger videos below which you might find helpful.
Here’s a beginners guide to products and how to contour for different face shapes by Mr Jovita George:
Here’s how to subtly contour on a round face using liquid and powder applied with a sponge and brush by Zahrah Aliyah:
Rose Kimberly’s technique is great for dark skin using liquid and creamy stick products set with powder and applied with a sponge and brushes:
If you prefer to use your fingers, Mr Jovita George share’s a quick way to contour using cream products:
Which is your favourite technique? Comment below, we’d love to know!