Is contouring right for you?
What about non-touring or strobing? Make-up trends seem to change faster than the speed of light, or rather highlight. You have to find what works for you. That being said, let’s look at the best take-aways of the contouring trend. When done right, contouring really can enhance the gorgeous features you already possess.
- Choose Location Wisely – Just because you can contour your entire face, doesn’t mean you should. In general, darkness will make features recede or appear smaller and light will make areas pop out. The basic idea is that the middle of your face (forehead, cheekbones, bridge of nose) should be highlighted to make your face look brighter. So the best places to contour is where shadows are naturally found – your cheek hollows, along your hairline, around your jawline and down the sides of your nose. Only you know what works best for your face – if you don’t want your nose to look more narrow, don’t contour down the sides.
- Choose Products Wisely – Remember shimmery make-up will attract light so this should be reserved for your highlighted areas. Your contouring product should be matte. For a subtle look, choose only one shade lighter and darker than your normal foundation. Also, stick to products that match your warm or cool skin tone. For best results, don’t combine product textures. Powders, creams or liquids – the choice is yours, but use the same texture for your highlight, contour and foundation.
- Blend, Baby Blend – The biggest take-away from the contouring trend must be that blending is NOT optional. Harsh, unblended lines may look great in photos, but for everyday wear blending is a must. Blend very carefully in a circular motion to avoid the dreaded streaky look. The final look should be detectable, but subtle.
Now let’s go put your best face forward!