Who wouldn’t want a smooth and flawless face like the women in beauty and fashion magazines? With contouring, it is possible to be perfectly made up in everyday life and also for photos. This technique from the USA can be both opaque and natural.
Look like a Hollywood star
Since 2014, contouring has been the make-up trend par excellence in the USA. This trend started with Kim Kardashian, the idea of beauty from America. This technique is not new – drag queens have been using contouring for many years to make their faces appear more feminine and to hide stubble. Contouring turns the face into the perfect canvas. It can change the shape of the face, add accents and cover up problem areas. The technique is complex, as it expands the usual application of foundation and powder by several steps. But after a short time, this becomes an effortless routine if you avoid typical mistakes.
A contouring palette, foundation, and powder are required. Clean fingers, make-up brushes, or sponges are used for application. Before applying the make-up, the face should always be creamed. A primer is then optionally used, which makes the skin supple and the make-up more permanent. It is important to use the exact facial tone with the foundation. Optionally, a concealer under the eyes (in a triangular shape) can be used to hide any eye rims.
Contouring: This is how it’s done
Contouring begins with the contouring palette. The areas that should be highlighted (highlighting) are accentuated with a lighter shade than that of your foundation: Usually, these are the chin, bridge of the nose, forehead, the area under the eyes, and cheeks. The areas that should emphasize a shadow are shaded with a darker shade than that of your foundation: the temples, under the cheekbones, on the sides of the bridge of the nose, and the jaw area. Make-up brushes and sponges should mix the contouring until no transition is visible. The contouring can be fixed with white powder (translucent face powder) or a powder in the color of the skin.
The face is now perfectly prepared for blush, eye, and lip make-up. Depending on the amount of product, a more natural or opaque result can be achieved. In any case, the face is then richer in contrast and the skin appears smooth and flawless not only in photos but also when viewed directly.