An Everyday Contour
My Hair Is . . . Fine + Limp
I’ve talked about contouring before, and while I’m not a daily contour kind of gal, I do think it’s a fantastic way to give your face a little dimension, and can COMPLETELY transform your look if you want it to.
I received the Maybelline Contour palette at BeautyCon a few weeks ago and tried it out for the very first time on Periscope the other day. I thought the contour shade would be too warm, but in fact I think it’s nice for summer. It is warmer than what I typically go for, but it didn’t translate into something too orange on my skin!
So I wanted to break it down here on the blog, and explain why I chose the brushes I chose!
First, let’s talk about the point of contouring. It’s intention is to highlight and, wait for it, contour certain parts of your face. The contour shade should be neutral, and used in areas you want to diminish, and the highlight should be applied to the “high” points on your face like your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your forehead.
The fluffier the brush, the softer the final effect. If you want a really chiseled look, use a smaller more tightly packed brush.
I like something a little softer, so I used a Sigma powder brush (I don’t love Sigma, I just have this from a few years ago. I’d recommend Sonia Kashuk over Sigma), a Sonia Kashuk blush brush, and a Tarte limited edition brush for highlight (similar one is here).
Apply contour, highlight and blush after foundation (and setting powder if you use it).
I like to start under the cheekbone first, then along my jawline, and then up near the edges of my forehead.
Next, I dust powder right on the apples of my cheeks.
Finally, a touch of highlighter at the top of my cheekbones and the center of my forehead.
The look was very natural, which was my goal, but it added so much warmth and color to my face!
Have you tried it? There is a light/medium and medium/dark shade, and I used the light/medium in this demo.