How to Contour Like a Pro

How to Contour Like a Pro

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Contouring is a craze that isn’t going anywhere. Once only used by drag queens, it’s now being used, albeit in a much more subtle way, by anyone and everyone. Those Kardashians have a lot to answer for! Contouring is becoming more popular than ever before, and for many that’s a terrifying prospect. Everyone wants to chic, beautiful and bang on trend, but contouring can be a little much for some.

Does contouring leave you crazy? Are you more of a slick of lipstick and a wave of mascara kind of girl?

You don’t have to be bamboozled by this beauty craze any longer.

Check out this handy how-to guide on how to contour like a pro:

Back to basics

Contouring and highlighting are pretty much the same things. In essence, you need to make sure that you are investing in a good quality highlighter to create shadows on your face. Think about parts of the face that you would like to slim down, and then create highlights on your face with the highlighter stick. Usually, people want a slimmer nose or higher cheekbones. Add the highlighter to your face to emphasize the hollows.

Know your colours

Every skin tone is different, but there are some beauty basics that you need to be aware of. If you’re investing in a highlighter or a contour kit, always go for a matte finish, or you will look greasy. Greens, blues, and oranges are the best colors to go for to enhance your lips or to make your eyebrows look more arched. Always avoid grey tones in contour palettes as you may end up looking dirty, and that is not the look you want to go for!

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Permanent solutions

Of course, putting contouring makeup on every day can be something of a drag. There are more permanent facial contouring solutions that you can look into. Sites such as offer a whole host of information about sculpting and contouring. Eyebrow transplants, lip enhancers, and cheek uplifts are becoming increasingly popular now the contouring craze has taken hold. For many, it’s the solution that they are looking for.

Emphasise cheekbones

One of the main reasons that people contour is so that they have high cheek bones, which is incredibly vogue. The key is to add contouring makeup around your cheeks, nose, and forehead. Always make sure that you move the brush and make up to the center of your face. Work in rather than out. It’ll look like you’ve always had a super slim face!

Killer complexion

Once you have looked at highlighting your face and you have chosen the colors that suit your tone, you will want to have an even complexion that puts Kimmy et al. to shame. Always choose a loose base powder to finish your look. Apply using a large, retractable brush for maximum coverage. And, while we’re on the subject of brushes, if you can, always opt for an animal hair brush. The make up clings to the hair better and disperses across your face more evenly.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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