Contouring is a popular make-up technique that can help make your facial features stick out or fade back. Before you start, decide on your goals. What do you want to achieve? Do you want to make your nose look thinner, or hide your double chin? This technique can’t magically change your face, but it can add some definition, so decide what you’re after before you get going.

 

When you’re ready, follow these steps:

 

STEP 1

Find the right product. Look for bronzer, pressed powder or cream foundation that’s a tone or two darker than your natural skin colour (no darker than that!). You want it to look like a shadow on your face. Make sure the product is completely matte – keep the shimmer for highlighting.

 

STEP 2

Invest in some good brushes, including an angled brush, blusher brush, bronzing brush and blending sponge. These will make or break the flawless look. Before you begin with contouring, apply your favourite foundation to your whole face. This will work as your base.

 

STEP 3

Once you’ve decided what parts of your face you want to contour, you can begin applying the darker contouring colour to the hollows of your cheeks, your jawline, underneath your chin or the sides of your nose, depending what features you’d like to soften. The key is to enhance the shadows on your face, where they naturally fall, using the darker colours of make-up. Don’t overdo it, and spend a little extra time blending. A hard line of make-up won’t do you any justice.

 

STEP 4

Next, apply highlighter to the areas of your face that the sun would naturally hit: the centre of your nose, the tops of your brows, forehead and cheeks. Add a pearl to the corners of your eyes for a touch of freshness.

 

STEP 5

Finish off with a blush of colour on your cheekbones, then apply the rest of your make-up as per normal.

 

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