#Beauty Bootcamp: Contour basics

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Contouring is an important skill in makeup application made oh so famous by Kim Kardasian leading into most Instagrammers obsessing over it thee days.

But to many, the thought of doing it at home can be too tricky and a little overwhelming too. But you know what, it’s easier than you think! and when you will take it as something that accentuates your natural features and gives you a Kim Kardashian look, you will feel the urge to ace the art. Let us walk you through the how-to’s of basic contouring.

How to pick the texture?

There are two contour textures to choose from in the market: Powder and cream. If you’re a newbie in the world of contouring, powder contour is the way to go. It’s easier to blend and you can build it up according to the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Powder contour works best on the oily skin type as it keeps it matte.

Cream contour is good for drier or mature skins as it doesn’t sit in fine lines or enlarged pores like powder does. It is generally very highly pigmented, so you need a small amount of product and only when you have got the hang of the contouring art.

How to pick the tool?

A moderately fluffy angled brush is the best for contouring as it gives a very natural look and prevents any harsh lines that can be difficult to get rid of. However Nose contouring can be a bit tricky to deal with, but using appropriate tools can make it a lot easy. It is recommended to use a thin brush that can help you make precise lines. The real task is to blend those lines with a sponge or broader brush till they look natural.

How to determine the face shape?

Contouring is not done in the same way for everyone, like we said it’s an art that has to be mastered according to your own face shape.  Determine your face shape first! So your face successfully looks slimmer and more defined with the right contouring.

Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.

Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.

Oblong: Face length is largest. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.

Diamond: Face length is largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

Triangular: Large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and smallest forehead. The face can be any length.

Oval: Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.

How to contour?

The following chart will guide you on how to contour according to your face shape

 

How to Contour and Highlight for Your Face Shape – ICONIC LONDON

 

After applying foundation, map your face where you are going to contour and then blend, blend and blend until it all looks natural. Don’t forget to bake it with the loose powder for at least 10 minutes.

It was easy right? Practice the tips today while you are quarantining and have all the time in the world and let us know how it went! XOXO

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