The Basics of Facial Contouring ♥

   

Image Source: Aucoin, 1997 p. 24 and karlapowellmua.tumblr.com

FACIAL CONTOURING

–          Contouring is something that describes the application for color mediums. It does not only denote light and dark areas, but it can also imply the emphasis derived from color and reflection.

–          Shading – This is a method by which a product is used to recede the areas of the face. The color of shading powders usually come in matte shades ranging from neutral brown to a deeper ash brown color. This may come in many forms such as liquid, powder and cream formulations.

–          Highlighting – A  method by which a product is used in order to bring forth facial features in order for it to look evident on the face by drawing or reflecting light after shading. Since these products are light reflective, they can range from bright pearly whites to matte beige shades. It also comes in liquid, powder and cream formulations.

FOREHEAD CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING

  • Shade the product on the sides of the face using an angled brush. Blend away as you go along shading upward to the temple.  This will create an illusion of an slimmer forehead.

CHIN AND JAW CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING

  • The key in contouring your chin and jaw is to always keep in mind that the end goal is to create an illusion of an oval face which is known to be the ideal face shape for people.
  •  In contouring one’s jaw, the contouring powder or bronzer must be applied underneath the jaw line using an angled brush. This will enable the product to blend in perfectly for that illusion of a slimmer face. Highlighting your chin will draw attention towards the center of your face. Again, this creates an illusion of one having slimmer facial features.

UNDER-EYE HIGHLIGHT

  • Highlighting under the eye area will draw attention into one’s eye makeup. This will enable the shadows to stand out. More so, it will emphasize the contoured facial features.
EYEBROW BONE HIGHLIGHT
  • Highlighting under and over the brow bone area will draw light towards the face. Hence, it will extenuate one’s feature.  In this process, one must have a well-groomed pair of brows because this really does make or break one’s look.

CHEEKBONES CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING

  • The common misconception about contouring one’s cheekbones is for them to apply the product on the cheek itself by sucking it in to determine where the hallow itself is. However, the key in contouring one’s cheek properly is to locate where the cheekbone is and apply the shading powder underneath it. By slowly blending the product on the desired area, natural shadows will surface, bringing fort the desired illusion of a slimmer face.
  •  Highlighting over the contoured portion will again, draw light into the face making the shadows stand out.
  •  Placing a bronzer over the contoured portion extending up towards the temple will give it a more natural touch, bringing fort a natural glow on the face.

NOSE CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING

  •  In contouring one’s nose, one must always remember to keep it simple. One need not to heavily shade the sides of the nose because it will do away with the desired appearance of a naturally pointy nose and evident nose bridge.

a.)      Wide Nose

è  For people with a wide nose, one must shade the sides of the nose first to create an illusion of a slimmer nose. This line created upon shading the sides of the nose will give an illusion of having a nose bridge that will reduce the wideness. After which, highlight the portion in between the nose bridge to attract in light making the line look more natural.

b.)     Rounded Tip Nose

è  For people with a rounded tip nose, the key is to shade the rounded tip in order to create a softer appearance. This will reduce the roundness and give an illusion of having a pointy-looking nose. Again, do not forget to shade the sides of the nose and add highlighter in between the nose bridge extending upward to attract in more light

c.)      Long Nose

è  For people who have a long nose, very minimal shading is required on the part of the nose bridge. Concentrate in shading the tip of the nose to give it a shorter looking appearance. Shade the sides of the nose lightly and add in the highlighter only on the bridge of the nose.

d.)     Uneven Nostrils

è  For people who have uneven nostrils, the best thing to do is to lighten the higher part of the nostril or darken the lower area to achieve balance. Shade the sides of the nose lightly or darker depending on the width of the nose bridge. After which, highlight the bridge extending upward so there is minimal attention given to the uneven portion of the nose, thus adding more dimension to the face.

Source:  

Center for Aesthetic Studies, Basic Makeup Artistry Handouts,  2011.

Modified by:

Ms. Claire Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist (CAS Batch 28) ♥

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist

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