Contouring 101
Farhana Shahnaz

Contrary to popular belief, it's not rocket science

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Don't we all go green with envy scrolling down Kendall Jenner or any other celebrities' Instagram? Why couldn't we be blessed with such gorgeous, sculpted faces? Thankfully you can now take matters into your own hands. Yes it is the revolutionary contouring we are talking about. Contouring essentially accentuates and defines your natural features, bringing out the best in you. With a little stroke here and there you can create the subtle illusion of a perfect face so flawlessly that it will even shame the beauty gods.

What you'll need:

The market has been afloat with contour palettes and almost every brand, high-end or not, has one to offer. You can choose one of these palettes which come with highlighters, bronzers and blushers or for a more frugal alternative you can buy the products individually. Buy a good quality liquid or stick foundation in a shade lighter than your skin for highlighting and one two shades darker for contouring. To add a bit of glow, you can use bronzer or blush of your choice. If you are using liquid foundation, a makeup blending sponge should be your weapon of choice and if you are using powder foundation or bronzer, an angled brush, a flat brush and a kabuki will give you a finished smooth look.

Ready, set, Contour!

  1. Start off with a clean dry face and conceal wherever needed. Apply the foundation lighter than your skin tone in the center of your face and the darker one around the perimeter and blend well for some depth.

  2. Next trace with the darker foundation the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eye with your angled brush.

  3. Now for the highlighting bit, use the lighter foundation on the tops of your cheekbones, the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin, and on your cupids bow.

  4. Blend all over with your kabuki brush or makeup sponge for a full-fledged airbrushed effect.

  5. Dust your cheeks with some bronzer or blusher with a fan brush for a sun kissed glow.

  6. Set your makeup with a setting spray or loose setting powder.

And voila! Mastering contouring takes a lot of patience and practice and you will almost never nail it in the first go. Unless of course you are naturally gifted, in which case we are very jealous. One important point to note is don't go too overboard with mapping. Too much of anything is not good and in this case it's disastrous. It is also important to map according to you face type for best results. And lastly don't forget to apply some foundation to your neck and ears; you don't want to look like your head was photoshopped.

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