Contouring 101

Here at Couture Collegiate we are obsessed with all things fashion. There’s no better feeling than wearing an amazing outfit. So many times people focus solely on clothing items and forget one of the most important ways to finish a look: Makeup. Makeup can totally transform your look whether having a light look for class or a dramatic look for a night out.

One of the latest crazes in the beauty industry is contouring. What exactly is contouring and how can you achieve this popular look? According to makeup artist Beau Nelson,“Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.” Makeup artists use two different shades of makeup and carefully apply it to different parts of the face to give a more defined look. Contouring defines your cheekbones and jawline, while making your eyes look more open, and making your nose look smaller.

All of this sounds very intimidating, but with practice, contouring can easily become part of your makeup routine! Keep in mind that contouring achieves a dramatic look, as seen on celebrities like Naya Rivera and Kylie Jenner. All of these products can be very stressful on your skin! I like to go 100% makeup free during the week and reserve the weekends for contouring and having fun with makeup!

By now your probably wondering how to actually contour! Well, you’re about to find out… Here is a list of steps you should follow, along with my favorite products to get a contoured look!

1.) First you’ll need a contour palette. My favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Sephora, $40.00) The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is great because it has 3 light powders and 3 dark powders.

2.) Start by applying a lighter color powder on the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, on your forehead, and under your eyes (be EXTRA careful here, the skin is super fragile under the eyes!!)

3.) Next, make sure the lighter color powder is blended in really well. One time i didn’t blend mine in enough, and I looked like a ghost.

4.) After blending the lighter color powder, apply a darker shade to the deeper part of your cheekbones, along your hairline, along your jawline, and on the sides of your nose. This is what will give you that defined look.

5.) This time, blend the darker color powder in. Make sure you clean any dark powder that accidentally got on the lighter powder. thoroughly blending the powder is one of the most important parts of contouring. If you don’t blend enough then your makeup will look “cakey” and fake.

6.) Next, use a sponge or blender to really set the powder into your skin (again, blending is SUPER important!). I like the beautyblender, which you can buy from Sephora for $19.95. 20 dollars may sound like a lot for just a sponge, but believe me it is totally worth it! The beautyblender is pure magic for contouring!!

7.) After, I like to add some blush on the apples of my cheeks to give a little bit of a flushed look. I love Blushbaby by MAC for $22.00

8.) Next, to create a dewy look, use High Beam from Benefit Cosmetics (Sephora, $26.00). This liquid highlighter gives you a dewy, luminescent look. Just dab a little along your eyebrows and at the top of your cheeks, and you will have an instant glow!

9.) Done! That’s all there it is to it. At first it may be tricky to contour, but after a while it’s a piece of cake! Remember to blend well and clean any stray powder that may have gotten on your skin. Also don’t forget that contouring requires a lot of makeup that can be harmful to your skin. Go for the contoured look for special occasions, like a night out with friends or date night.

Let us know if you use this guide to contour and send us pictures! We love to hear from our readers.


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