Walking into a museum and seeing works of art from Botticelli or Michelangelo always leaves us stunned. But what if we told you that the iconic painters of the Renaissance era had something in common with today’s beauty influencers? The art of creating chiaroscuro is not at all a thing of the past anymore. Beauty influencers do it every day on all social media platforms. But the technique of sculpting and redefining your face structure is not something that every one of us can master unfortunately. It requires a special level of skill and lots of patience.
However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and so you do not have to become an expert today either. It takes time to learn the art of contouring but there are a few tricks that can help you along the path of learning quickly. Beauty experts and makeup lovers share their best contouring tricks everyday but if you have not been able to catch them or make sense of them then we will help you understand it all. Contouring is quite possibly one of the hardest makeup techniques because it does not follow one pattern for everyone. You have to decipher your face shape and angles to create the perfect sculpted look.
Knowing oneself is important to lead a great life but what we mean by that is to know your face shape. The most essential rule of contouring is that it is different for everyone. Every single person on this planet has a different face. They may be similar in shapes or features but they are all unique. That is why before you learn how to contour, you should know what your face shape is and map out the contouring steps carefully accordingly.
Once you have chosen the kind of contouring product you wish to use such as cream, powder or stick you have to start mapping out where it will go on your face. Start by tracing your temples and if your forehead is wider then put a bit along the hairline to minimize it. Then you have to sculpt your cheekbones for which you check the slight dip under it and then put product right on top of that dip. Then for your nose, put the product under the tip to make it more pronounced and if you want it to look longer extend it a bit into the brow.
Blend, Blend and Blend
Now that you have traced the parts of your face you want to sculpt and bring shadows to, the next step is to blend it all in. Leaving lines of contour that have not been blended properly on your face can make you look a sculpture which is not a good look on any one. The key to having the perfect contouring is to blend it into your skin perfectly. Otherwise, your features can look harsh and your skin can look like it has aged. Not blending your contour properly is a sin in the makeup world which you should avoid committing at all costs.
Depending on the type of texture of contour you have used, you can blend it with a brush or sponge. Every kind of contour such as cream or stick except powder can be blended using a sponge. Wet your sponge and using small tapping motions blend out the product. Be careful not to blend it out too much as it has to remain in a specific spot. Smooth out the harsh edges to create shadows that look soft and natural.
Use Diverse Textures
Professional makeup artists always try out the best methods on their clients and one of those that all of them agree on is to use different textures. The trick is to get a creamy and powder product in similar shades. You should always get contour products that are two shades darker than your skin color and are cool toned to help make the shadows look natural. Buy one in a creamy texture and another in powder. Put on the cream first and after all the creamy products are blended on your face use the similar shade of powder to help lock it in place. This would give a matte effect and lock the pigment in place preventing it from budging or dulling throughout the day.
Don’t Go Overboard
Some people love contouring a lot and want their faces to look sharp. That is not a bad thing but you have to be careful since overdosing on contouring can make you look bad. In small amounts, contouring can make you look young yet defined. But overdoing it can make you look a lot older and removes any softness from your face. You can go intense but not too much because the art of making your contour look perfect is to make it look subtle. Try to blend the product so that it looks natural and there are no lines visible on your face.
One of the things that can take your contouring to the next level is not to create more shadows but highlighting your face instead. Use a cream or stick product that is two shades lighter than your skin color. Put the product in places where your contour would not go such as under-eyes, chin, bridge of the nose etc. What this effect will do is enhance the shadows even more and make your features look more prominent.
Highlighting and contouring go hand in hand because they are both used to make your features look prominent. One brings brightness to the highest points of your face and the other creates shadows to sculpt your face. You can do contouring without highlighting and the other way around but doing both together makes your features stand out more. Contouring is magical because it can sculpt your features completely differently. That can transform your face but you can do it subtly to only naturally highlight your features.