Not very long ago, I was hanging out with one of my best friends and his girlfriend. The conversation shifted toward makeup, and she mentioned that she can never get contouring to look right on her. I immediately told her exactly what she was doing wrong without asking her about her method, she tried out my tips, and followed up to let me know it worked much better for her. Some mistakes in contouring are really disastrous, and a lot of them stem from the fact that we’ve learned from watching YouTube.
While many YouTube makeup enthusiasts are well meaning, when they teach you to do things that are specific to face structure, like contouring, they’re teaching you how to do them for their face. Everyone’s face is vastly different, and while it may look beautiful on them, it can make you look horrendous. It’s not that you’re being deliberately mislead, it’s just that people can only show you with what they have.
The cheek, one of the most key areas of the face that benefits most from contouring, is also the place where people go wrong the most. One of the most common mistakes people make is blending. More often times than not, the contour should be laid in a diagonal line, starting from the back of the temple and stopping a few
inches short of the corner of the mouth. The top of the line should be directly blended, and diffused, so it appears seamless. The actual contour itself should be blended downward, versus upward. Blending the contour downward creates the look of a hollowed check, where blending it upwards recesses the upper cheek bone, making the face appear to be pear shaped.
The nose is also a major issue of concern. Contrary to popular belief, two lines directly down the center of the nose does not constitute a perfect contour. For some people, this will actually cause the nose to look very long and narrow, which is just as (if not more) unappealing as a very broad nose. Focus the contour on the areas of the nose which you want specifically to appear slimmer, and blend the lines swiftly away vertically, while softening them horizontally.
There are plenty of general tips to remember, as well. Never contour with a product that contains shimmer, or is red toned in hue. These products will translate as looking very artificial on the face. You don’t have to highlight if you’ve contoured, permitted your contour is done lightly enough. This is a great tip for people with very round faces whose main goal is to minimize the roundness and create cleaner angles.