Confused about contouring? You are not alone! Sam breaks down the basics on facial contouring in her new video.
There are a variety of face shapes but most people fall into one of the following: heart, round, square or oval. While there is no perfect face shape, oval is often seen as the optimal shape because of it’s symmetry.
Contouring your face is not a must-do and it can be tricky to do correctly. However, if you would like to subtly tweak your face shape, Sam will show you how to “sink” an area (recede) and/or to bring an area forward (highlight) with her tips and tricks below:
- Dip the tips of your contour brush (1) into a matte contour powder and apply down from the tip of the ear toward the corner of the mouth using small circular strokes. Sam’s Tip: Use your stippling brush to finely blend out the edges of the pigment. Sam uses Sleek Makeup Face Form ~$8.50 (2).
- Visibly “lift” the pinnacle of the cheekbones—sweep your setting brush (3) and a sheer highlighter across the high points of your cheekbones.
- Shade the edge of the hairline with your contour brush and contour powder.
- Pull attention to the center of forehead with a light sweep of highlighter on your setting brush and then soften edges with your stippling brush.
- Apply contour along the top of forehead and along the lower chin line.
- Apply contour all along the outside of face.
- Apply contour the outside edges of your jaw line.
Narrow or Straighten Nose:
- Apply contour in a very thin line on either side of the nose with your brow brush. Add a highlight in the center of contour lines with your pixel-point eyeliner brush and then blend out edges with your base shadow brush.
Enhance Brow Bone:
- Grab your duo-fiber eye brush to apply and blend contour along the top side of your brow bone.
- Run a highlighter directly below the arch of your eye brow with your pixel-point eyeliner brush to enhance the shape.
- Finally, pop a little bit of blusher on the apples of your cheeks with your blush brush. Sam uses, Sleek Makeup Face Form ~$8.50 (1).
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