Plus Video Tutorial
The answer is a resounded YES, but with a few important caveats. Numero uno on most of our lists is avoiding the all embarrassing clown face look, which is easy to achieve when you are new at the whole contouring gig.
Which, by the way, is the reason we created this easy, quick video tutorial (less than a minute) to demonstrate the process for kids our age. Have a look at the video, then we’ll take it step by step.
Great question. Think of contouring as your little secret to creating the illusion of thinning features as well as sculpting.
Contouring draws the eye away from areas, allowing others to shine:
If you’ve always dreamt of those sculpted cheekbones or thinning your jawline or nose, contouring is your new BFF. When applied correctly, contouring around these features can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
I’ve tried countless contouring and highlighting kits (yes, they go hand-in-hand) and we’ll be covering highlighting next week on the blog.
Here’s the problem, many of these combo kits contain products loaded with glimmer and shine, which is the cardinal sin for mature skin. Talk about shinning a gigantic spotlight on every fine line and wrinkle; just say NO ladies, trust me on this one.
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On my fourth attempt, I discovered a singular product that I use only for contouring. It works beautifully, is loaded with beautiful, warm, complimentary pigments and NO shimmer. Too Faced Cosmetic’s Chocolate Soleil is actually a bronzer, but makes for a brilliant over 40 matte contouring powder!
The best contouring brush I’ve found thus far, is inexpensive by comparison and creates the perfect soft, contouring line. Check out the IT Contour Brush by Ulta.
Start with your normal cleansing, serum, and hydrating routine, then add your favorite foundation.
To get those chiseled cheekbones, you’ll want to apply contouring product from the top of your ear in a semi-circular motion, just under your cheeks. Bring the contouring product no farther in than your pupil. Try to keep the contouring thicker near your hair line, thinning towards the center of your face.
Now, on to the the forehead. Add contouring product around hairline.
If you like your jawline just the way it is, feel free to skip this step. But if you want to draw attention elsewhere, using the same IT brush, add contouring product on the underside of the jawline.
On to the nose, if you love your perky little nose, then mosey on down to the final contouring step, but if you wish to thin your nose down a bit, this step is for you. Using a small angled brush, draw contouring lines down either sides of your nose.
Adding a touch of contouring under the bottom lip can make your lip look larger. Again, contouring is a personal journey so apply these step to whichever areas you like.
Now that we’ve applied contouring product to all the areas that we wish, it’s time to blend it like Beckham. Ohhhhh, bad movie quote, sorry.
Using the magical and oh so necessary BeautyBlender Sponge (use it to apply foundation too) blend all contouring product, using circular motions until you see no visible lines. Make sure you blend into your hairline on cheeks and forehead.
Now add your favorite blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending outward towards your temples. My absolute favorite blush, and I’ve tried a thousand (slight exaggeration… maybe) is also by Too Faced, their Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Beach, depending upon your skin tone. Yes, this blush has some shimmer, but that’s ok on our cheeks.
Using a fluffy Kabuki brush (you have one, right?) apply your blush to give you a natural, healthy GLOW. We love this one by IT Brushes.
And finally, using a dense blending brush for a flawless finish, blend your contouring and blush together in circular motions until there is no visible line between them. I love the affordable brush by Real Techniques.
Finish with your favorite powder (if you like) and just like that, you’ve mastered the art of contouring! Tell your daughter, granddaughter or niece, she’ll seriously be impressed!
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Until next time, my beauties, be a beauty and fashion trail blazer.