Flatter Your Face Shape With Contouring

Face Shape With Contouring

Contouring is a makeup technique that can be done in the comfort of your own home. It produces an instant and natural-looking result, and it’s something you can do with just a few items from your makeup bag! In this blog post, we will explain how to contour to flatter any face shape so that you can get the most out of those cheekbones.

Makeup artists have been using this technique for years, but many women are not familiar with it. It is one of the easiest ways to enhance your natural features and look great in photos without being too over-the-top or overly dramatic.

How to find your face shape.

The first step for a perfect contour is to determine your face shape. Knowing what type of round, square, or diamond-shaped faces you have can help guide your decisions when it comes to picking the right products and application techniques.

The goal is to find out which product color will work best with your skin tone as well as how much highlight and shading you should apply. The right contouring technique will flatter your face shape and enhance the features that you love while diminishing those things you want to hide from the world.

There are five types of face shapes: round, square, oval, diamond, and heart.

Here’s how to tell what shape your face is: Stand in front of a mirror with one hand on your chin and the other at ear level pointing toward it. Where these two meet forms the guidelines for determining which type you have.

1. Round face

Contouring Round faces

A round face shape is wide and full, usually with a soft jawline.

If you have a round-shaped face: You want to use darker colors towards the hairline of your forehead as well as along your jawbone for definition. Keep highlighting above the brows and cheekbones if desired, but avoid this down on the nose or at the edge of the lips.

Products to try:

Cream or liquid foundations work best for round faces because they can help add width and balance out the angles. A matte finish will also help diminish any shininess along the cheeks while adding a little extra color in this area. you want to avoid anything with shimmer as it will make your face appear fuller and wider, which you don’t want.

2. Square face

Contouring Square FacesA square face shape is characterized by strong, wide cheekbones and a firmer jawline which can be slightly angular.

If you have a square-shaped face: Use dark contouring on your forehead hairline as well as along the sides of your nose for definition. Highlight below brows and above cheekbones.

Products to try:

Powder foundations work great on square faces because they help add some color and definition. Matte finishes are the best because they will keep your skin looking fresh without adding any extra shine that can break up angles. Stick with a matte powder for this face shape, but avoid anything too abrasive.

3. Oval face

Contouring Oval Faces

An oval-shaped face is the most versatile because it’s balanced with a softer jawline and gentle curves that are naturally symmetrical.

If you have an oval face: You can try contouring along your hairline to create definition, but avoid this on your eyebrows or nose for fear of breaking up any symmetry.

Products to try:

Cream or liquid foundations can help enhance an oval-shaped face by adding extra color on the top of the cheekbones, which are usually fairly prominent. You want to avoid any shimmer in your product because it will make you appear wider and shorter, which is not flattering for this shape. Use a matte finish to keep your skin looking fresh.

4. Diamond face

Contouring Diamond faces

Diamond-shaped faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow towards a pointed chin, giving off an edgy feel with strong angles.

If you have a diamond face: You can use contouring to soften your jawline by using it along the hairline of your forehead as well as on either side of your nose. Highlight under your brows and on the center of your chin.

Products to try: A powder foundation will help you create definition on diamond-shaped faces by adding color along the hairline, forehead, and chin. You want a matte finish so that it does not highlight any of these angles. Don’t be afraid of using dark contouring colors, but stay away from shimmer and stick to matte color products instead.

5. Heart face

Contouring Heart faces

The heart-shaped face is widest at the hairline and narrow towards a pointed chin, giving off an edgy feel with strong angles like diamond shapes.

If you have a heart-shaped face: You want to use contouring below your cheekbones as well as along your hairline to add width. Highlight above your brows and on the center of your chin.

Products to try:

A cream foundation is best for heart-shaped faces because it will add fullness where you need it while fading out along the hairline. You want a matte finish so that your skin looks fresh without looking shiny on top of any angles. Don’t be afraid of using dark contouring colors, but stay away from shimmer and stick to matte color products instead.

How to contour the right way to get the most out of your features

The best contouring technique will depend on your skin tone, face shape, and personal preference.

Here’s our foolproof guide for how to contour your face:

  • Start by picking the right contouring product
  • Apply your shading colour from the hairline to just under the cheekbones, blending up towards the temple and outwards as you go
  • Sweep a lighter shade of foundation over any areas that need brightening (such as across the nose or forehead)
Remember: perfection is unattainable but improvement is always possible!

Tips on how to use makeup brushes properly

  1. Select the right brush for the job
    • Large powder brush- for large areas that are not detailed, like the forehead or cheekbones
    • Medium powder brush- for medium-sized areas, like around your nose and under your eyes
    • Smaller powder brush- for smaller areas like the jawline or forehead area if you have a round face shape
  1. Apply to one side of the face at a time
  2. Crease softer lines to soften harsh edges
  3. Blend after application with a clean finger or brush
  4. Finish with a setting spray to make your makeup stay in place.

With contouring, you can look like a more aesthetically pleasing version of yourself. If this is something that interests you, then go on and give it a shot! It’s worth the time spent to learn how to do your makeup better. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your appearance after only one use.

We hope that reading our guide has helped you figure out which techniques work best for each face shape so now all you need to do is wait for the compliments to roll in.