Contouring is a very popular technique for sculpting and defining your features. With some practice and the right easy to use contour kit, you can learn to maximize your eyes, cheekbones, nose and jawline. However, learning to contour takes practice. Make sure you’re not making these common mistakes:
- Layering powders and creams
Using both powders and creams will create a look that appears cakey. It will look like you have many layers of makeup on. When contouring, it is important to create subtle definition to keep your look natural. For this reason, stick to using powder. Sweep a darker powder in the hollows of your cheeks and the lighter one above.
- Applying makeup on bare skin
When you don’t apply a moisturizer or a primer on your face before applying makeup, there is a major contrast between your skin’s complexion and your makeup. Contouring powder settles best on moisturized and primed skin because then it is nourished, instead of dry after it is washed. Remember, it is important that you have a proper skin care routine to keep your skin healthy and looking its best.
- Contouring in poor lighting
We’ve all done it. We’ve made the mistake of applying our makeup in dim lighting and when we get out into the bright sunlight it suddenly appears much different. Be aware that contouring creates a more dramatic look than regular makeup. Therefore, if you are contouring and highlighting your face in poor lighting, you might be disappointed by your look when you see it in better lighting. Make sure you apply your makeup in an area where the light is similar to your normal lighting conditions.
If you’re new to contouring, check out our step-by-step tutorial on contouring and highlighting.