Friday, July 11, 2014

Contouring 101

Welcome everyone!!! Today I am going to take you through step-by-step on how to properly contour. Contouring is something that professional make-up artists do to narrow the      face and reduce nose size. Contouring is especially effective for men because it will add a feminine shape, but looks great on everyone. Before we start I would like to thank Rebecca for kindly suggesting our first topic… contouring! Ok, let’s get started...

Things you will need: Toner, Moisturizer, BlenderSponge, Foundation Pallet, Beard cover

Prepare first

1.      Start with a clean face (wash, tone, moisturize)

2.      Apply a primer

3.      Select a sponge to contour with (beauty blender sponge is ideal because of its shape)

-- Use the pointy edges of sponge for around eyes and nose

-- Use the flat part of sponge for applying the foundation

      4. Get out your foundation pallet (various skin tones for highlighting and shading)                                                        

Contour Next

1.      Start with your eyes & bridge of nose: Choose a shade that is lighter than your skin tone. You are now going to highlight certain features of your face. Dab the foundation with your sponge and apply under your eyes and down the bridge of your nose. You can also highlight your brow bone which will add a more feminine look.

       2.  Next you can apply your beard cover. I suggest “Mehron Auguste”- contour stick. If you have a thicker blacker beard, choose a Mehron blue contour stick- B19.  

3. Next you want to shade. This is where you have to be careful, because you don’t want to go to dark- you may have to experiment with your foundation pallet a little. Choose one shade darker than your skin tone and apply foundation to the sides of your nose (the area closest to your eyes, not the bottom of your nose) under cheek bones & around the face- Use the picture, the brown is where you should be shading. You don't want to shade too dark where you may have facial hair so you may need to try a lighter shade if it looks as though your beard has re-appeared.

4. Blend everything together so there are no lines- use a clean sponge if you have one.

5.  Set with a translucent white powder

6. Bronze cheeks. Apply blush on top of bronzer up to your temples (DON’T make it round on your cheeks like a doll) sculpt blush upwards to your temples.

7. Using a light shimmer eye shadow (typically light color powder pallets) dust small amount above cheek bones, down bridge of nose & on cupids bow (top of lip) and set with a setting spray or more translucent powder.

Ok, now go get out your color pallets, and supplies and start contouring! Keep in mind that this will not come easy, it is going to take a lot of practice. If you are still feeling uncomfortable contouring after reading this then check out a You Tube tutorial, because it is sometimes easier to actually see someone contour. Try Kandee Johnson or Scott Barnes tutorials.

Please, let me know how you guys make out, and whether you have any other questions, especially if you need advice on which products to use. Quality products are a big part of perfecting your look. 

Thank you for reading, "Contouring 101"  -K



  1. I just wanna say thank you for sharing the content and wish you all the best for your website and your whole team.


  2. You are welcome. Thank you for your kind comment.