Contouring Various Face Shapes: A Canvas for an Artist

Woman with Contour Makeup

Woman with Contour MakeupFacial contouring is probably one of the most difficult makeup tricks to master. As one beauty school in Salt Lake City puts it, a cosmetologist is a beauty artisan, and this artisan has but one stage: the face.

Most makeup artists would not reveal their trade secrets, but most agree that the shape of the face heavily influences contouring methods.

What Is Contouring?

Contouring involves the use of a matte cream or powder that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone. The purpose of contouring is to hide a person’s least flattering features and bring out the best ones through highlighting. Contouring is also resorted to when there are areas you want to define in your client’s features.

Contouring Based on Face Shapes

A diamond face shape has a narrow hairline and a pointed chin. Thus, the area below the cheekbones, starting from the ears down to the middle of the cheekbones may be contoured.

On the other hand, a heart-shaped face may be contoured with a sponge or a blush the sides of the temples and forehead to balance the areas of the face. If the face is oblong, however, you may contour under the chin to create the illusion that your client has a slightly rounder face.

It is important that you map the face before contouring. Mapping means you wipe the foundation on the key areas noted above before finally blending the cream until it fully dissolves into the skin. This not only saves you time but also effort in correcting mistakes the moment you see them.

All it takes for you to master contouring is a lot of practice, time, and a person who is willing to be your canvas!