Contouring is astrange thing but it’s been ruling out life and our beauty regimenfor years now. It’s essentially the process that uses the play oflight and shadow in order to achieve a more defined face shape. A lotof the time oval is the face shape that appears to be most desirableby people around the globe. But we’re moving forward to a worldwhere being unique and different is good. So take this contouringadvice with a grain of salt and use the bits that suit you and omitthe ones that you find unnecessary. It’s your face, your life, yourmakeup. Here are just the traditional rules of contouring. But we allknow the rules are meant to be broken.
A face that’sessentially as long as it is wide is considered to be round. Celebslike Chrissy Teigen, Mila Kunis, Ginnifer Goodwin have round faces.When it comes to contouring what you can do with a round face is tocontour around your hairline, forehead and temples to make this widepart appear more narrow. You can also add more angles to your faceand make it look more chiseled by contouring just under yourcheekbones. One thing you should keep in mind to use different shadesof contouring for different parts of your face. Make the foreheadcontour darker and the cheekbone one lighter for a more naturalfinish.
If the width of yourforehead, cheekbones and chin is very similar and obviously thelength of your face is bigger than the width. Celebs like SarahJessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow and Gisele Bundchen have this face shape.When contouring a long face you should concentrate on the foreheadand the jaw. You can also contour under your chin. This will visuallymake your face appear shorter. If you want to make your cheekbonesmore prominent, do horizontal contouring under them, instead of goingat an angle.
A square face is onethat’s as wide as it is long. The forehead area, cheekbones and jaware all the same width. Olivia Wilde, Renee Zellweger, Kelly Osbourneare good celeb examples of square faces. When contouring a squareface, the idea is to make the top and bottom narrower. To do thiscontour the sides of your forehead and contour your cheeks from yourear down. You can also contour the sides of your jaw to make your chilook more pointed.
A heart-shaped facegenerally has a wide forehead and a pointed chin. Reese Witherspoon,Eva Longoria and the Olsen Twins have heart shaped faces. Whencontouring a heart-shaped face it’s best to focus on the forehead.You can contour the sides of your forehead and temples to make itlook narrower. There’s no point it contouring the cheeks becausethey’re narrowing down either way. What you can do it contour thebottom of your chin to make it less sharp.
Oval faces are those that are longer than they are wider and they don’t have any major strong features. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Beyoncé, Charlize Theron and Rihanna have oval faces. You don’t really need to correct anything with contouring the oval face, you only use it to enhance it. You can just use the usual methods of contouring. Swipe the contour along the side of your face in a number three shape from your temples to the cheekbones to the jaw. This will just enhance the natural shape and make the face look slightly more chiseled and defined.