Alright y’all, so before I dive into the “how to’s” and the five steps and the bla bla bla, I need to be open about why this topic is oh so important.
For the longest time I followed the same generic outline on how one should contour their face. Sure, I got the results I was looking for, but it wasn’t quite up to the standards that I wanted to achieve.
Recently while creeping on some of my favorite makeup artist on Instagram, I had a makeup epiphany. The artist with similar face shapes to mine, being a bit rounded with high cheekbones, dragged their contour to the center of their face giving them a lifted look. “GENIUS!”, I thought as I raced over to my vanity eager to shape and sculpt my own face. Maybeeee I tripped while getting up off the couch, but if no one saw it, did it really happen?
When it comes to beauty, I think it is important to never settle for good. With all of the new products out now and every beauty blogger sharing their secret techniques, there is no reason we shouldn’t be striving to reach our maximum makeup potential.
Alright, now we can dive into the steps.
Step 1: Apply Concealer
Now technically the first step is your skincare routine, then your primer and foundation but I know, you know what I mean when I say this is the first step. Ok, cool.
You are going to follow the hollows of your eye socket to make a “U” shape with your concealer of choice. I am using L.A Girl Pro Concealer, but any concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation will do. Be sure to place your concealer directly under your eyes, dragging the concealer down only slightly to grace your cheeks. What we don’t want to do is taper our concealer past our eyes – leading into our hairline. Keep things rounded as it will add to the natural curves of our contour later.
To elongate your face and brighten your center, you can place come concealer on your chin and forehead also. From there, blended with your favorite tool(s). I am a sucker for the Original Beauty Blender. It can do no wrong in my eyes.
With my Iman stick foundation in hand, I’m ready for step #2.
Step 2: Outline Your Cheekbones
Instead of simply drawing a downward angle on the hollows of your cheeks, I challenge you to try something new to get a more chiseled and lifted look. Using any cream contour product of your choice, start by your ear and slowly drag your product downward following the hollows of your cheeks. Lighten your pressure as you go, and taper the product down and around the apples of your cheeks, dragging upward until you meet the the corner of each nostril.
Your cream contour strokes do not have to be perfect! For added depth I’ve also placed some product on my jawline and temples. Using a dense, tapered blending brush and small circular strokes, I start at the ear and blend the product upward until it melts into my concealer.
Do not feel discouraged if it looks a bit muddy. I got you covered in step 3.
Step 3: Clean it UP!
Using that same concealer, simply draw directly underneath your contour with the same motion. After that you just gotta blend, blend, blend!
Step 4: Set Everything!
Set your concealer and contour with either a loose or pressed powder. I am a huge fan of Laura Mercier translucent power to set my concealer. As for my contour, I have been loving the Tarte contour palette that I recently wrote about in my Sephora Haul post.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Yay! Your base is complete. Now you can throw on some lipstick, mascara, blush and anything else that showcases your personal flair. If you want to take your lifted contour to the next level, I would advise you to do the following:
- Place blush on the apples of your cheeks ONLY! This will keep color at the center of your face, giving a more lifted appearance.
- Traditional contour methods recommend applying highlight directly to the angles of your cheekbones. To keep things lifted, apply your highlight right above the apples of your cheeks instead.
- Take a quick picture of your makeup using the flash on your phone to ensure that everything is blended. The flash will show any harsh lines that need a bit more TLC.
PIN this infographic now so you can try this method later.