Should I Contour?

I learned about the art of contouring back when I was studying makeup, but I never really got into it. Too lazy! In class, I learned that the ideal face shape is oval. So when you contour, the usual goal is to make your face look as oval as possible.

Let's just say that Kim K. loves this beauty move.

Looks like Kim K. is a fan of this beauty move.

The future Mrs. West’s makeup looks a bit complicated in the photo, but it’s actually easy to decode what’s going on:

  • The shaded parts are the areas you want to hide, recede, or slim down. Usually, it’s the sides of your nose, the hollows of your cheeks, your temples, and maybe a bit along the jawline.
  • The lighter parts are the areas you want to highlight or bring forward. The hot spots are the center of your forehead, along your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your chin.

Of course, makeup artists tend to have their own techniques when it comes to face sculpting. In Kim’s case, there’s also a lot going on under her eyes (check out that angle from the corner of her eyes to the edge of her brow) and around her nose. I’m not sure if that’s to highlight or if concealer was thrown into the mix. In any case, I feel like the real trick to pulling off major contouring will depend on how awesome your blending skills are. That’s how you can make it appear, well, more “natural.”

Sheesh, now I’m super curious about what I’ll look like if I cop these shading techniques. The most that I’ve done is put a few swipes of matte bronzer underneath my cheekbones (wasn’t really too obvious though). Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days.

What are your thoughts on contouring? Yay or nay? ♥

Photo Credits:
Instagram via @kimkardashian.

  • margauxie

    Hey Nicole! I do this usually, and I love how it makes me look thinner! hahaha! I find that it works better if I use a cream bronzer and highlighter/concealer.. I can use either liquid or powder foundation to mix it all together. :) It also matters what kind of brush I use for blending. It’s also important that I place powder over the highlighter/concealer parts to set it into place..

    I’ve tried doing it on my friends who’ve asked me to do their makeup and we all have the same results! If this is used, you eliminate the whiter looking face that girls usually have when flash photography is used. :)

    What’s hard lang sometimes is it can be too cakey, but trial and error and you’ll get there! Sorry such a looong comment! haha :)

    • Haha, love the detailed how-to, Margaux :) I agree—layering creams + powders would probably be the best way to do it. Galing!

      • margauxie

        Hahaha! Sorry couldn’t help myself! :) Thanks! Go do it! It’s super fun :)