Work Life: Contouring 101

Remember when I posted this on Instagram?

It's always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Love working with awesome, good-vibes peeps!

It’s always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Follow me for more behind-the-scenes updates via @beautyandsparkle.

Now I can reveal one of the beauty stories we were working on! It was about how to contour your way to a slimmer face. According to Maybelline’s chief makeup artist, Archie Tolentino, oval is the ideal face shape. Through contouring, you basically create shadows and highlights to create this illusion on your face. Check out this guide:

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight.

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight. Click here for the detailed how-to I wrote on Cosmo.ph. Isn’t our model, Kylie, super pretty? She looks cute even with all these lines on her face!

The top three things I learned from this story:
1. Highlighting is just as important as shading. You need to bring your features forward or it’ll look unnatural.
2. Blend, blend, blend! Use circular motions to get rid of any harsh lines, so it isn’t obvious you’re using this makeup trick.
3. Use the right products. Powder formulas are better for newbies and easier to use. Once you’re used to it, upgrade to cream sticks for a longer-lasting, more natural-looking effect.

Here are the products I recommended:

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It's a lot smaller than the original version, so it's easier to tote!

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It’s a lot smaller than the original version, so it’s easier to tote!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too. I prefer to highlight with creams, so I suggest you try the shade Sand.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too.

I don’t really contour much (just along the hollows of my cheeks sometimes), but I do make an effort to highlight when I’m having a fancy night out. I prefer to use creams when I do so it lasts longer (try the shade Bobbi Foundation Stick in Sand for this). It makes a subtle difference in photos and adds a three-dimensional effect.

Are you into contouring? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

Beauty Directory:
Bobbi Brown Available at Rustan’s Department Store.
Make Up For Ever Available at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Photo of Kylie Verzosa by Jico Joson/cosmo.ph.

  • Vhernie Macalinao Frivaldo

    I love contouring it takes my basic work makeup from ok to fabulous. It’s hard to get shades that would work on my skin since I’m morena. I’m currently using Catrice cosmetics sun glow matt bronzing powder for darker skin. Can you suggest other affordable brands for contouring?