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Part 1 | For the love of contouring and highlighting!

KKHey there my lovely followers,

If like me you are already fed up actually, beyond being fed up with the fact that there are people asking to STOP the contouring and highlighting trend!!!  Well as rules goes, I am going to rebel and continue doing so … really and truly not that I really follow any rules but let’s be real here, if one likes doing so why let some rule dictate what we should and should not do!

Anyways having said that I have decided to compile here a bit information on these two specific techniques, because when done right it will definitely compliment your make up look by ‘hiding’/’improving’ features you do not like particularly like while on the other hand highlighting the ones you love!

In simply terms contouring is when you use a matte powder or cream product that is two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin and cheekbones.

Whilst in the other hand highlighting (or stobing) offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.

So let’s get down to business and first things first :

Discovering your face shape first
Of course you must have asked yourself “what’s my face shape?” The trick to get to know your shape is to stand in front of a mirror, take an eye pencil or lipstick, if you’re daring, and I trace the outline of their face on the mirror.  It’s with this outline that you will identify your face shape.

Contouring-makeup-OvalOval Face Shape
How to tell if your face is shaped like an oval

  • Face is 1.5 times longer than it is wide.
  • No major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.
  • Face resembles an upside-down egg.

Where you should contour:
The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear a little more narrow.  The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks. You might want to contour lightly the side of your nose as well.

Where you should highlight:
In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.  Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area and along your nose

Contouring-makeup-RoundRound Face Shape
How to tell if your face is round:

  • Your face is about as wide as it is long.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.

Where you should contour:
On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.  The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

Where you should highlight:
In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.  Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Contouring-makeup-SquareSquare Face Shape
How to tell if your face is shaped like a square:

  • Your face is about as long as it is wide.
  • The width of your hairline and jawline are about even.

Where you should contour:
On the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear more narrow.  Along your jawbone to make your jawline appear more narrow.

Where you should highlight:
In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.  Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

That’s all for Part 1 of this series, I truly hope you find it helpful in one way or the other and let’s me know what are your thoughts.

In the next installment I will cover Diamond, Heart, Oblong and Rectangle face shapes.

Until next time,
XOXO

Caroline

Disclaimer : I am no professional make up artist and I did do some research for the different face shapes.  Images Credit – Google and Pinterest.

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