If done right, contouring can help you enhance your natural features like Kim Kardashian’s. The biggest problem is that even with the endless amount of information out there on the topic, figuring out where to begin isn’t any easier. We’re here to help you navigate the world of contouring with a clear guide that teaches you how to contour your face step by step.
From Huda Beauty to Fenty Beauty, today, every prominent cosmetic line has its own contouring palette, brushes, cream sticks, liquids. Learn how to contour step by step — your no-nonsense guide starts here.
Before you start, choosing the right shade and texture of the product is want you need to give the most thought to for the Kim Kardashian look. While applying, go for a product that is not more than two colours deeper than your complexion. If your skin is light to deep, taupes and greyish browns will work the best for you. Darker skin tones should try warmer, cognac colours. For a polished look, try contouring powders — they are sheer and are ideal for oily skin. Just make sure that before applying it, you dust on some translucent powder to prevent your makeup from sticking to the natural oils in your skin.
Say NO to Contouring Everything
While you can sculpt your entire face by contouring, you don’t really have to. A little contouring can go a long way. What you need to focus on are your cheeks, forehead, nose and jawline. Using a contouring product of your choice, start from the middle of your ear and move towards the corner of your mouth, stopping midway on the cheek.
You can shade additional features depending on your needs. Apply along your hairline and temples if you have a less pronounced forehead, gently buff under the chin if you want a more sculpted jawline and blend soft parallel lines on either side of the nose if you want it to look slimmer.
Layer it For Invisible Contouring
If you want to keep it subtle, the “Invisible Contouring” method is just what you need. This is a signature layering technique through which you elevate the bone structure of your face without applying a lot of product. For this, start with a light application and keep adding colour until you get that desired look. This may take a little more time than the regular Kim Kardashian contouring technique but this way you will be able to achieve a naturally beautiful look. Powder contours can be the best option for this kind of application.
To Shimmer Or Not To Shimmer
While you may be all about adding shimmer to your look like Kim Kardashian, contouring may not be the best option for it. As contouring is all about absorbing light and adding depth with shades like matte taupes or cool browns, shimmer products reflect light. Bronzers with flecks in it will do the complete opposite of the desired effect. Still, if you want to add some shine to your look, what you can do best is save the shimmer for your highlighter.
Bring Out Your Eyes
For a natural look, simply sweep the same formula you used on cheeks across your entire eyelids with a medium shadow brush to enhance the natural contours of your eyes — work a bit more into the crease for extra drama. Fill in your brows, curl your lashes, and apply a coat of lengthening mascara. If you want to rock bold eye makeup, start with your eye makeup before your contouring. By doing your eyes first, you won’t mess up your foundation and contour when cleaning up any fallout.
Seeing what these techniques can do to the face, women have started moving south and are starting to apply the same contour principles to all areas of the body. One of the most common being “Lip contouring”. This in fact has been a go-to technique for years — veteran fashion icon Marilyn Monroe used to apply five different shades to achieve her desired lip. Today, more and more women are paying attention to resizing their pout. Another not-so-subtle contouring technique is the body and hair contouring that has been trending on our Instagram feeds.
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