Contouring Tricks for Every Face Shape
Want sculpted cheeks and a slimmer nose instantly? A pro shows the best way to contour for every kind of face
However, if you've ever followed along with a contour YouTube tutorial, you know that the strong stripes of bronzer and highlighter that work for a photo shoot or red carpet event look downright freakish at the grocery store or dinner table. The trick to good contour, says LA-based makeup artist Lana Krizki, is following your features: You have to use the right contouring techniques for your specific face shape.
Krizki says the goal with contouring is to both define features, like cheekbones, but also to get the face closer to a balanced oval face shape, which is considered ideal (if you have an oval face, you're already halfway there). That's why she showed us exactly how to contour five different face shapes: oval, round, square, heart and oblong.
Contouring consists of shading, which makes an area of skin recede from view, and highlighting, which creates the illusion of bringing a feature forward. Where you put the shading and highlights depends on your features and face shape.
Consider this your face-contouring-made-simple guide: Just find your face shape, follow our step-by-step instructions, and be prepared for your friends and family to wonder if you've had work done. We'll leave it up to you whether to reveal your secret or not.
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