Contouring for every face shape

Gone are the days when the steps of pretty makeup base was just applying foundation, dabbing powder over the full of the face.

Now, almost all of us are more than convinced about the importance of highlighting and contouring. It can hide your flaws, bring out your best features, slim your face and jowls, streamline a strong nose, soften a square jaw and even offer an instant eye-lift.

The basic technique is as simple as,

  • Add light to the center of the face: Draw the eye to the center of the face by creating an inverted triangle of light with a shimmer-free concealer or cream foundation.
  • Take a light-colored highlighter and uses it on the bits of the face you want to draw attention to.
  • The areas we want to minimize, like the side of the cheeks, jaw, nose, and the base of the chin are shaded with a darker foundation or safely a matte bronzer.
  • Then use a suitable brush to blend together the dark and light streaks.

But hold on.. How does a person know which exact part of her face needs to draw attention and what really needs to be downplayed?! To most of us, contouring is the most confusing beauty technique of all time. We watch so many YouTube tutorials but still when it comes to practicing on our own face, we are lost!

The answer to this lies majorly on your face shape. Every face is different, which means the method can vary with each application! Confused? Please don’t be, start with knowing what your face shape is. Rest is all in this post.

“Face shape? – Now, determine yourself!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/face-shape-now-determine-yourself/

Now comes the ultimate guide to contour and highlight according to your face shape!

Thumb rule: Your contouring color should be around two shades darker than your natural skin tone;  any more will look too dramatic. Likewise, your highlighting shade should be two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Oval Face

Distinct features:

  • Length is longer than width
  • Rounded jawline, slightly narrower than temples

Contour: Oval face shapes hardly need contouring, and are ideal for most makeup styles.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Oval_20Face

Round Face

Distinct features:

  • Rounded jawline
  • Face equally wide and long
  • Not very angular
  • Young appearance

Contour: Your temples, cheeks and jawline, to slightly elongate your face.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

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Oblong Face

Distinct features:

  • Similar to oval shape, but longer
  • Gaunt appearance
  • Long chin or forehead

Contour: The lower part of your chin to minimise its length.

Highlight: The apples of your cheeks to make your face look wider.

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Heart Face

Distinct features:

  • Wide cheekbones
  • Pointy chin
  • Upper segment of face is wider than lower segment

Contour: Your temples and cheeks to reduce the width of the upper segment of your face.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Heart_20Face

Rectangular Face

Distinct features:

  • Angular, defined jawline
  • Length of face longer than width
  • Sides of face straight to most extent

Contour: Across the hairline, and along the sides of your forehead and jaw, to reduce the width of your face. Blend up to the bottom of the ear.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Rectangle_20Face

Diamond Face

Distinct features:

  • Prominent cheekbones
  • Narrow chin
  • Forehead and jawline are wide, although narrower than the cheekbones

Contour: Your cheeks to minimize the width of your cheekbones.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Diamond_20Face

Triangle Face

Distinct features:

  • Squarish/roundish face
  • Wide jawline
  • Young appearance

Contour: Your jawline and cheeks to reduce the width of the lower segment of your face.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Triangle_20Face

Square Face

Distinct features:

  • Angular and strong shape
  • Jawline and forehead of similar width

Contour: The sides of your forehead and jaw, to reduce the width of your face. Blend up to the bottom of the ear.

Highlight: Your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.

Square_20Face

With these tips, contouring and highlighting becomes a cakewalk for the beauties of al face shapes. Please leave a comment if you think of any more tips!

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