HOW TO: Basic Facial Contouring
Contouring is what I call the "natural surgery" for it lifts your face in an instant and gives you a more structured look. Contouring should be done correctly though or otherwise, you'll look like a sunburned chic or much worse, Frankenstein.
In here, I'll show you how to do contouring the right way. I'm a theater actress, and facial contouring has been a vital part of my career. Contouring is so useful to theatre actors because: 1.) It lets our faces catch light 2.) Draws attention to the most important parts of the face for projected expressions. So this goes without saying that I am already pretty good at this technique. :D
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CONTOURING?
- Minimizes awkward areas on the face, making them look small, lean, and nice
- Softens sharp edges for square faces
- Creates edges for round faces
- Helps draw the attention to the face
In this tutorial, I am going to use the following:
1.) Hoola Bronzer
2.) Charm Cheek Contouring Brush
- Opt for matte powders in midtone brown shades so as to mimic your face's natural shadows. Glitters aren't part of our body chemistry, so steer clear from glittery contouring powders, unless you're achieving a different look.
-Angled contouring brushes are vital in contouring because the slanted shape helps you create planes on your face easily.
FACE MAP: What to contour
Legend: Blue- Nose line; White- Jaw; Red- Temples
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CREATE A CHISELED CHEEK (CHEEK CONTOURING)
Contouring the cheeks is great because it makes your face look slimmer. It’s very handy to people with round and plump faces because it adds dimension to it.
Traditional contouring guides tell you that you should locate and contour the V portion of your face. Well, It is wrong. Observe the picture. In this pic, I have located the V portion of my right cheek. Notice that there is something weird in it. Can you guess what it is? The answer: The V portion is not the natural plane of your face! The areas of your face that create natural shadows are the hollow areas of your cheeks. It is located right at the bottom of your apples. It’s so easy to locate: Pout and try poking your cheeks. If you have hit a hollow part, then congratulations: You’ve found it!
In this pic, I’ve used a pencil for a graphic explanation of what I’m talking about. For reference, the hollow area is usually located at the tip of your side whiskers. (It also depends on the length of your side whiskers. In any case, just locate the hollow part of your cheek)
STEP 1: Dab contouring powder on the hollow part. Make sure you apply it gradually.
I don't know where it came from and who popularized this look, but this has been the most prominent look of women when it comes to contouring faces: The Duck Face. This is absolutely wrong. When you do the Duck Face while contouring, you end up applying more than what is needed. Just relax your face when contouring--No need to do fancy faces.
STEP 2: Swirl your angled contouring brush on the powder and along the area to soften any harsh line. When swirling the brush, try to make small swirling motions so as not to apply contouring powder on your apples.
EMPHASIZE YOUR EYES AND MOUTH (Contouring the Forehead/Temple)
Okay, here's one thing I learned in the theatre. Contouring the forehead/ temple is important because you divert the audience's attention to the lighter part, which is your t- zone, including your eyes and mouth. This way, the audience get to see your expressions and understand what you're saying much clearly. In real life, this is also useful.
STEP 1: Locate the part right above the tip of your eyebrows’ arch. That’s what you’re going to contour.
STEP 2: Dab contouring powder on it, and then blend in a swirling motion from that part, going to the off- center area of your forehead, then down to your eyebrows’ tip. Refer to the red arrows on the picture to know the exact area you’re going to contour.
MAKE YOUR NOSE APPEAR SMALLER (Creating a Noseline)
Not everybody has the heart to undergo Rhinoplasty. Besides, it will cost you tons of money. So here’s a fool- proof alternative that is risk- free, and feels lighter on the wallet :)
This is absolutely unintentional. :P
STEP 1: Contour the supposed bridge of your nose. The areas you’re going to contour are the invisible lines that run from the edge of your brows down to your nose’s dimples. (The two creases right above your nose openings) Place your middle fingers on it to familiarize yourself with the area. Dab your finger on the contouring powder, and then gently run your middle fingers on the invisible line. Blend evenly by moving your fingers up and down the line, and then blur the sides for a more natural- looking contour. I suggest that you contour both sides simultaneously to achieve a more even contour.
End result: I’ve framed the contoured part in between the blue lines.
I didn't smile in this pic so you'll have a better view of the contoured parts. If you want to emphasize further the lighter areas on your face, use a shade- matching powder in a matte finish.
RULE OF THUMB IN CONTOURING:
Apply product gradually, and use a very light hand!
RECOMMENDED CONTOURING POWDERS:
There you go! Start contouring now! :D
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