Contouring Makeup Made Easy
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Contouring Makeup Guide

November 27, 2018

Makeup without contouring. Sounds incomplete right? We have to admit, contouring makeup has truly taken the world by storm. Almost anyone with a few handy tricks up their sleeve can get the sculpted look and highlight their best features.

Call it magic with a brush or whatever you may, but the results are truly awe-inspiring! Contouring makeup manages to give an instant face lift and create a sculpted and defined look. What’s more? It can even lend the appearance of a slimmer face and a less prominent forehead.

If you’re thinking this seemingly complex-sounding makeup trick isn’t for you, read this article and we bet you’ll do a rethink. We’ve deconstructed the entire contouring makeup routine and it doesn’t get easier than this! So forget about going through the hassles of watching umpteen video tutorials, follow our easy step-by-step guide to contour like a pro.

Prep Is A Must

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A smooth base is quintessential for a perfectly contoured look. Begin with a hydrating moisturizer and follow up with a primer and foundation. Blend the base makeup evenly and set it with a translucent powder for a smooth look. Ensure you’re using a primer and foundation suitable for your skin type to get a finish that’s not too cakey or oily. Ideally, choose a matte primer and foundation if you are prone to oily skin. If dry, flaky skin is a concern, opt for a primer and foundation with emollient properties to soothe your complexion.

On To The Contouring Game

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Once you’ve prepped your face, ensure you have the right contouring products to start sculpting with. A contour palette/stick, a blending sponge, and a highlighter are a must in your makeup arsenal.  Use a darker shade for contouring but not more than two shades darker than your skin tone. For highlighting, use a highlighting stick or a lighter shade of concealer. While the darker shade creates shadow and sculpts the face, the lighter accents define and form an aesthetic contrast. Let’s get started!


  • Start off by tracing the forehead and the temples, marking the hairline lightly with the dark shade as demonstrated in the picture


  • Next, trace a line underneath the cheekbones at the hollow spots for a sculpted look


  • Create an illusion of a narrow and sharp nose by tracing the sides of the nose and bringing it up to the brow for a slimmer appearance


  • Next, trace the area under your jawline and chin for a defined and sharp look


  • Begin the highlighting process by drawing triangles underneath the eyes with the highlighter side of the contouring stick or the lighter shade of concealer


  • Draw a line from the bridge of the nose extending it to the center of your forehead


  • Highlight just beneath both the cheekbones to accentuate them further and add more definition


  • Highlight the cupid’s bow and the centre of your chin

Blend It Right

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The most crucial step after the contouring and highlighting process is to blend the lines gently. Use a blending sponge and dab the product carefully until it is all blended out smoothly. Brush off the excess product with a fluffy powder brush. You can now wrap up your contouring makeup routine by applying blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.  If you have a fairer skin tone, opt for subtle pink. A peach or coral is perfect if your skin tone of wheatish or dusky. Lastly, dab on some shimmery highlighter on the cupid’s bow, cheekbones, and brow bones for an illuminated effect.

Additional Tips And Tricks

  • Invest in a high-quality beauty blender for a smooth makeup blending experience. Use an angled brush if you’re using a powder formulation.


  • Contouring makeup in powder form gives a matte finish and it is best suited for oily skin. On the other hand, cream based contouring and highlighting makeup works wonders for dry skin as it lends a dewy, moisturised finish


  • Choose the correct shade of product for your skin tone as one shade does not fits all. Select a contouring kit with a shade not more than two shades darker and the light shade not more than one shade lighter


  • Know the difference between a bronzer and contouring kit. Bronzers give the skin a warm and sun-kissed effect whereas contouring adds shadows to define, sculpt and slim down the structure of your face


  • Don’t forget to use a good makeup setting spray to lock in the makeup products for a long lasting finish

Go ahead, master the art of sculpting and highlighting your face with our contouring makeup tips.

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