Contouring 101- Step by Step to Slim your Face!
How many of us have secretly wished to change something about the dimension our faces? I know I sure have. Contouring, like highlighting, is a quick, worry free, and best of all, surgery free way to get it done. Below you will find information how to contour your face the right way (without looking or feeling cake-y or orange). The most important thing to remember here is to keep it light. You don't want to end up looking like you grew facial hair or even worse, had a really bad spray tan.
Just as with highlighting, technique is key. A little product goes a long way and you want to make sure that your only darkening the area's that are naturally a little darker. The point of doing this is to "fake" the appearance of shadows, creating more depth in places where the sun does not normally hit. This will build a much more sculpted look to your bone structure and in turn, completely slim and transform the dimensions of your face.
Typical Area's to Contour
Hallows of the cheeks:
Where is this?This would be the area between your jawline and cheekbone. (Suck in your cheeks like a fish, to find this area)
My thoughts: Personally, I find this to be the most crucial place to contour and unless you already have very pronounced features (i.e. sharp jawline, high cheekbones) this should be the area to focus.
Cheeks and Temples:
Nose: Draw a thin line down each side of the nose (along the bridge, using the place where your nostrils indent as a reference point). Using a small taper brush of some sort works best here. Bring the line underneath the tip of the nostrils and connect in the very middle. Now, you just need to buff the lines in until they are barely visible. The key is to create an illusion of structure without it being noticeable to anyone else.
Jawline: Use a fluffy blush brush or kabuki brush to buff powder under the chin and on both sides under the jawline but keep the concentration of color at the very edges here. Blend back and inward toward your throat. Remember to use minimal amount of product necessary otherwise, it will come off as if you've grown a beard overnight. Not at all flattering for anyone!
I really hope you all enjoy trying out these tricks and I would love to hear how it works out for you. I am also open to any kind of feedback regarding this and I will try to answer all questions in a timely fashion.