November 02, 2017 2 min read

How to Contour EVERY Face Shape

By BeautySphere Expert: Chanel K 




Alright, so unless you live under a rock, you've seen the hot contour trend on the rise since 2010, and it doesn't look like this fire is fizzling out anytime soon! Why would it? It is a fabulous addition to your beauty routine! Contouring gives you the ability to slim your features, highlight your best assets and accentuate your cheek bones. Let's be real though, we've all seen some serious contour fails . Avoid the contour faux pas by using a hot new product. 

I suggest using a cream all-in-one highlighting palette. carries a creamy contour palette, I came. I saw. I contoured in three different shades that work perfectly for contouring any face shape. All-in-one contour palettes are perfect for beginners because they contain complimentary contour and highlighting shades. 

Cream based highlighters seamlessly illuminate the complexion. Use a concealer a few shades lighter than your complexion ( a few, let's not get crazy here). Similar to cream highlight, you can use a concealer a few shades deeper than your natural skin tone to contour. Test both cool and warm shades until you find the one that’s best for you! This can be a tricky process but seriously worth it if you want to avoid looking like a clown.


Contour & Highlight By Your Face Shape

Face shapes, facial features and bone structures vary. Check out this diagram, which will help you to map out the best contour for your face shape. 


Diamond: Diamond faces are widest at the temples. Contour the lower half of the cheeks to draw attention to the centre of the face and create a slimmer appearance.

Heart: Heart shaped faces have wide cheeks and forehead with a pointed chin. Deepen the outer edges of the forehead, focusing on the left and right sides instead of the centre. Highlight the centre of the face, but go light on the forehead.

Oblong: Oblong faces are longer than they are wide. Instead of contouring the sides of the face,add contour to the top and bottom: the hairline and just below the chin.

Oval: Oval faces are well balanced. Go light on the contour, focusing just below the cheekbones, and let the highlighter do most of the work. Highlight the centre of the forehead, under the eyes and just below your contour.

Round: Round faces are as long as they are wide, with the cheeks being the widest feature. The goal is to slim your features, so take your contour along the outermost sides of your face from hairline, to temples, to jawline.

Square: Square faces are roughly as long as they are wide and are often angular. Contour like a round face shape, along the outermost sides of the face, but focus on the upper and lower corners of the face to round out a squared off hairline and jawline.

Triangle: Triangle faces are wide around the bottom of the face and narrow in the forehead area. Contour the bottom part of the face to make it appear slimmer. and focus the highlight around the centre. 


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