contouring tips

Contouring Tips For Beginners

If you’re just learning how to contour, these contouring tips for beginners are going to help you achieve the perfect makeup. You’ll finally understand why everyone is contouring instead of heading to the plastic surgeon. 

Use Pictures As Guidelines, They Are Not The Law

A lot of times you see people that are contouring, and they do it exactly like it is done in the pictures online. You know, the pictures that show you exactly where to put which product. While these are great for contouring for beginners, they don’t always work. 

We all have different face shapes. Likewise, we all have different features. These pictures don’t take that into consideration. 

Instead, try to remember the way that color works. When you use the darker color to contour, it helps push that part of the face backward. Lighter contour colors bring it forwards.

For example, I have a larger forehead, and it looks massive when all of my hair is pulled back. Because of that, I don’t want to put as much highlighter, concealer, or lighter colors on my forehead because that will bring more attention to it. 

Check out some YouTube videos to learn how to contour for your specific features and face shape. The end result will look much better than using the pictures online that tell you where to put each color. 

Blend, Blend, Blend

When it comes to contouring for beginners, you have to blend. Make sure that you set aside extra time for this. You’ll feel like you’ve been blending forever the first time that you contour your entire face. As you get used to it, you’ll be able to both blend and contour faster. 

Contouring Is After Concealer

In the order of makeup, you want to apply your foundation and concealer first. This creates the perfect base for the rest of your face makeup. Then, you would contour. After contouring your face, you would apply highlighter, blush, and any other face makeup you would like to wear. 

Try Cream Contouring If You Don’t Have Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, powders are always recommended because they help absorb the oil. However, these can be more difficult to work with when contouring. They also take longer to blend. Cream contours are generally easier to work with, making them a great contouring product for beginners. 

Use A Tapping Motion And Light Hand To Blend

Whether you’re using your foundation brush or a beauty blender, it’s important to use the right blending technique. Do not rub the contour in. This can smear it, and you want the colors to stay where you put them, not wind up halfway down your face. When they are blended using a tapping motion, they stay in that place better for a chiseled appearance.

You want to slightly blend in an upwards motion when you’re blending your dark lines in to prevent harsh lines, though. You need to practice and find that perfect combination.

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