Contouring Like a Pro

Many women, even women who consider themselves makeup enthusiasts may feel slightly intimidated when asked to “contour” their own faces.  Well darlings, not only is contouring quite simple once you get the hang of it, but it can help you transform your appearance in a good way by helping you slim your face, shape your nose and highlight areas that you want to make pop.  

 

Although a bit challenging at first, by using a good contouring palette like Jerome Alexander’s Magic Minerals Contour Kit , you need only to remember a few simple tips to become a contour Queen in no time!

 

As a general rule, dark colors minimize or make features recede while light colors will enhance or make features stand out.  In the Magic Minerals Contour Kit, there are three darker shades for contouring and 3 lighter shades for highlighting. It’s all about practice and a lot of blending so here are our top tips for the a perfectly contoured face.  

 

Contouring:

 

  1. Figure out what your face shape is and determine what you want areas you want to minimize and what areas you want to highlight.  
  2. Always use a matte contour powder.  Contouring is about re-shaping your face and adding subtle definition to sculpt the face.  If your contour has shimmer, you will be highlighting the areas you are trying to make recede which defeats the purpose of contour.  
  3. Start conservatively by using a contour shade that is just one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, as you get more experienced, you can use darker contour colors for a more dramatic effect which requires more precision and experience.     
  4. Apply your contour powder where shadows are naturally found.  The most common areas include the temples, underneath your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose as well as right under the tip of the nose, the jawline and your forehead if you have a long forehead.  

 

Highlighting:

 

  1. When you contour, you always want to add a few highlights as it helps to balance out the contouring.  
  2. You can start with using the matte highlighting powders then finish with a shimmery powder on top for a “strobing” effect.
  3. Make sure to highlight the areas where the light naturally hits…just above the cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, under your eyes, on your brow bone, the middle of your forehead, your chin and right above your cupid’s bow.
  4. Lastly, make sure you blend, blend and then blend some more!  You never want to see any streaks or harsh lines on your face.

 

Now that you have the steps to help you contour like a pro, make sure to enter our “Win it Wednesday” contest on Instagram @JeromeAlexanderCosmetics by Tuesday August 14th to win the Magic Minerals Contour Palette and professional brush kit!