Learn the ‘contouring’ technique, the make-up trend

You still don’t know what ‘contouring’ is about? Well, I can assure you you have seen it thousands of times even if you didn’t notice. It’s the trendiest make-up technique among the stars and it helps you sculpt your features with make-up, so to say, it reshapes your whole face. You can give the impression you weight less, polish your neck, your nose, or  underline your cheekbones. And all with the blow of a make-up brush! We show you how,  so keep on reading.

Kim Kardashian is, without a doubt, the queen of contouring. She does it perfectly. You can even spot some photos on her instagram during the make-up process and the result.


It’s a make-up technique that requires time, so we recommend that, if you want to try it, be patient and don’t try to do it everyday, just for special occasions. This technique is based in a light and shadow game to polish or enlarge your face. Here comes our explanation on how to do it, so take note of the following tips!

You need:

  • Dark powder or foundation. It has to be darker than your skin tone but not to much either.
  • A good illuminator, very light and bright, almost white.
  • Make-up brushes and sponges to apply and bend the products.
  • Blush.

How to apply the products? Contouring-technique.AllTrendsFashion

The darkest tone must be applied in the sunken parts of your face, that is; the part under your cheekbones, the temples, the sides of the nose, and the jaw line.
The illuminated tone is for the parts of the face that stand out, such as: the nose bridge, the cheekbones, the center of your forehead, and the bone of your eyebrow. Once you have applied the products you need to blend them with a brush or sponge.

Depending on the shape of your face you have different ways to apply this make-up technique. The make-up label Maybelline has a specific product to do the contouring technique in an easy and quick way, and they explain how to apply it in their web page.  And also how to apply it according to the shape of your face. Have a look here.

The make-up designer Lisa Elridge also explains how to proceed with this technique, with powder so it’s a little bit more discreet and less thick than foundation, in this tutorial we show you here.

L’Oréal Paris shows you how you can do it in one minute at home instead of taking a lot of time. You can see here the make-up label video.

There are no more excuses not to look like a star in the red carpet. Take the challenge!


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