A Girl’s Guide to Contouring

Quote: “I Came I Saw, I Contoured”

Question: How can you determine what color contour fits your skin tone?

Fact: Contouring is when you use a matte powder, cream, or pencil product that's two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you'd like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.


If you’ve never tried contouring before, trust me it’s not as hard as people make it look. You don’t have to cover your entire face with dark and shiny shades. The hardest step to contouring is trying out different shades that fit your skin color. If you skip this step you may end up applying a color that will ruin your whole look. So let’s get this show on the road.

Don’t Wild Out On Bronzer

Like I stated above, it may take a while for you to find your perfect bronzer, but when applying a little goes a long way. That’s a major key when contouring, you want to define your cheekbones, nose and jaw line not cover your entire face with something that’s 3 shades darker than your actual foundation.

Choose the Product That Fits Your Skin

Figuring out whether you have oily or dry skin can really determine if you should use liquid or powder bronzer and highlighter. If you want more defined areas I suggest you use a liquid bronzer because it’s easier to blend in with drier skin. If you have oily skin, I suggest powder so you won’t have to worry too much on the blending and smudging.

Proper Tools + Proper Makeup = Flawless Contour

Blend, blend, blend and blend!! Without blending brushes no one’s makeup would look anything but chaotic. Now I’m not saying to spend 100 dollars on one blending brush but make sure you get one that suits your products and protect it with your life. With liquid foundation I suggest using a blending sponge and with powder a compact, angled brush.


Ready, Set, Contour (Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit)

1.    After applying your foundation, the first step is to apply the cream contour under your eyes, upper and lower cheek bones, center of the nose, center of forehead and chin.

2.    You’re then going to apply your bronzer on the top area of your forehead, center of cheek bones and the outer parts of your nose.

3.    You would do this with either powder or liquid contour. After you’re done applying, you will blend with your preferred brush.

4.    After the blending job, you will apply a highlighter with a fan or angled brush to the areas you applied your cream contour.

Just like I said before, contouring isn’t about how much or how you apply it. It’s all about the colors you choose and how much. Contouring is one of the easiest ways to get that celebrity glam look.