Contour and Highlight: How to Apply It To Your Face Shape

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These days contour and highlight are a very popular makeup trend. Mainly because they can help you change the shape of your face for the better. Read on to find out how it works and how to apply it to your face shape.

What is Contour?

Contouring is a makeup technique that uses light and dark colors to create the illusion of depth and dimension on the face. By applying a darker shade along the hollows of the cheeks and temples, and a lighter shade on the forehead, nose, and chin. You can create the appearance of higher cheekbones, a slimmer nose, and a sharp jawline.

When we talk about contouring, one size does not fit all. The amount of product you use. The darkness of the shades and the placement of the colors will all vary depending on your face shape. In general, you want to avoid placing the darker shade too close to your eyes or mouth, as this can result in a muddy or clownish look. Instead, focus on accentuating your natural features by following the contours of your face.

What is a Highlight in Makeup?

A highlighter is a makeup product that reflects light. “It’s used on the highest points of the face and areas that you want to pop more.” You can apply a highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone, and jawline.

How To Apply Contour And Highlight Based On Your Face Shape?

Knowing how to apply contour and highlight can help you create a more polished and professional look. But did you know that the way you use these makeup techniques can be different based on your face shape? If you want to make the most of your facial features, it’s essential to consider your face shape when contouring and highlighting. Here’s a quick guide on the best way to apply contour and highlight based on your face shape.

Oval Face Shape: If you have an oval face shape, you’re lucky because this is the “ideal” face shape. To contour an oval face, use a bronzer or a dark powder just under the cheekbones, along the hairline, and down the sides of the nose. For highlight, use a shimmery powder or cream just above the cheekbones and on the brow bone.

Pear Face Shape: If you have a pear face shape, the Contouring of your face helps to draw attention to all the right places. Apply blush to your cheekbones. Use a foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone along with your nose from the earlobes to your chin to make a slim.

 

Rectangle Face Shape: If you have a rectangle shape face, Contour your temples, top of your hairline, sides of your jawline, and under your chin., Highlight the center of your forehead., and add blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Round Face ShapeIf you have a round face shape, you want to avoid adding width with your contour. So instead of going along the hairline and down the sides of the nose, only contour under the cheekbones. For highlight, use it on the brow bone and right under the center of the chin.

 Heart Face Shape: If you have a heart face shape, Along the sides of your forehead and temples balance out the wider upper half of your face with the narrower lower half, and on the lower chin to bring up the point.

Square Face Shape: If you have a square face shape, Contour the corners of your hairline and jawline. Highlight your cheekbones, chin, and the center of your forehead.

 

Diamond Face Shape: If you have a diamond face shape, Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape bringing it down in line with where you contoured. In the middle of your forehead and chin to help enhance these narrower areas.

Triangular Face Shape: If you have a triangular face shape, Contour the center of your forehead and your chin. Highlight your temples and jawline and add blush to your cheekbones.

Which is the Most Attractive Face Shape?

We all know beautiful people with square-shaped faces and round faces. But the V-shaped face has been proven to be the most attractive face shape.

Manage The Perfect Balance Between Light And Dark:

When it comes to contouring and highlighting, it’s all about creating the perfect balance between light and dark. And while there are no hard and fast rules, there are definitely some guidelines you can follow depending on your face shape.

If you have a round face, for example, you’ll want to create the illusion of a slimmer, more oval-shaped face by applying a darker shade of foundation or powder along the sides of your face. Then, use a lighter shade down the center of your forehead, nose, and chin. This will help to create the illusion of more definition.

On the other hand, if you have an angular or heart-shaped face, you’ll want to use a highlighting shade along the tops of your cheekbones and down the center of your nose. Then apply a darker shade along the sides of your face to help soften any sharp angles.

Of course, these are just general guidelines. The best way to figure out what works for you is to experiment with different shades and techniques until you find something that gives you the results you’re looking for.

Which Products Should You Use For Contour And Highlight?

There are a lot of products on the market that can be used for contouring and highlighting. It can be confusing to know which ones to use, but it really depends on your face shape. If you have a round face, you’ll want to use a bronzer or contour powder to create the illusion of a slimmer face. For your highlight, use a shimmery powder or cream just above your cheekbones. If you have an oval face, you can pretty much use any product for contouring and highlighting. Just make sure to apply the contour shade along your hairline and jawline, and the highlight shade on your cheekbones. Also, If you have a heart-shaped face, you’ll want to use a contour powder or cream along your hairline and jawline to create the illusion of a narrower face. For your highlight, use a shimmery powder or cream just above your cheekbones.

Avoiding Common Mistakes When Applying Foundation, Concealer, and Foundation:

One of the most common mistakes people make when applying foundation, concealer, and powder is not taking their face shape into account. Not all face shapes are created equal, and what works for one person might not work for another.

For example, if you have a round face shape, you’ll want to avoid applying your foundation or concealer in a circular motion. Instead, use a back-and-forth motion or a light tapping motion to blend your product into your skin.

If you have a heart-shaped face, you’ll want to be extra careful when applying blush or bronzer. You don’t want to add any extra width to your cheekbones – this will only make your face look wider. Instead, focus on adding some color to the apples of your cheeks. A little goes a long way, so start off with a small amount and build up from there.

And if you have an oval-shaped face, you’re lucky – pretty much anything goes! You can experiment with different makeup looks and find what works best for you. Just remember to blend, blend, blend!

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