How to contour for your face shape

Heather Card Wed 16 Oct 2019
so now you have read my blog on your skin's undertone, you have chosen your suitable contour and highlighting product you are now ready to learn how to use contouring techniques that will suit your face shaoe.

Round Face 

If you have a round face then you want to concentrate on trying to extend the face and make it appear longer and narrower by focusing highlighter and blush on the middle of your face. Just like people with an oval shape, you want to highlight the bridge of your nose, and under your brow bone for the most flattering appearance.

 Like I said before a round face often appears younger and therefore require a little more definition. Apply contour onto the jawline and not below it to help disguise, slim down and define the jaw line ensure it is blended in really well to avoid looking like you are wearing a mask or an incorrect shade of foundation.

Contour:

Contour the forehead, apply contour along the sides of your forehead and the temples to minimize width, draw a curved line from the centre of the ear into the hollow of the cheekbone with shade and blend with a contour brush, apply shade along the jowl line, shade the sides of your nose to make this appear narrower if needed and shade along the brow bone on the inner corner of the eye and blend well.

Highlight:

Highlight the cheeks under the eye, along the upper cheek bone, apply highlight above your brow an blend towards the temple, apply highlight down the centre of the nose and highlight the middle of the forehead connecting the nose and head highlight together.

 Blush:

Apply your blush a little bit lower than the apples of the cheeks, blend towards the mouth and back towards the hairline and earlobe.


Square Face

Same as with a round face you want to elongate the face and focus on the centre.

Contour:

Contour the forehead, apply contour along the sides of your forehead and the temples to minimize width. Apply contour to the jawline below the ears and into the hollows of the cheeks, starting from the ear and ending in the middle of the cheek. 

Highlight:

Softly highlight the cheeks  with an upside down triangle, the middle of the forehead and the chin.

Blush:

Apply blush concentrated on the apples of the cheeks, but keeping it closer to your nose and then lightly extend it out towards the hair line this will give your cheeks more roundness and shape. 


Rectangle Face

Contour:

With a rectangular face you want to soften the length by contouring the forehead hairline and jaw line and contour the hollows of the cheekbones.

Highlight:

Apply highlight to cheeks same as the square face shape triangle shape under the eye.

Blusher:

Apply blush concentrated on the apples of the cheeks, but keeping it closer to your nose and then lightly extend it out towards the hair line this will give your cheeks more roundness and shape.


Oblong Face

very similar to the rectangle face but with a slightly more pronounced jaw.

Contour:

Very similar to rectangle but with more emphasise on contouring the width of the face rather than the length of the face.

Highlight:

Is applied in the same position as a rectangle face and the blusher too concentrated on the centre of the face  under the pupil and blended back towards the ear lobe.


Heart Face

If you have a heart shaped face your focus is on balancing your features. A heart shape face tends to have a narrower chin and a wider forehead , and in most cases have a widows peak.

Contour:

Apply contour along the sides of the forehead, hairline and temples to help minimize width to help balance the face out, contour under the chin to help lift the chin up.

Highlight:

 Apply highlight to the middle of the forehead, under your eyes in an upside down triangle and on the sides of your jawline and chin to make a narrow chin appear wider.

Blush:

Apply your blush on the low side of the apples of your cheeks and applying blush in a semicircle toward the hairline up to the temples. You want most of the blush to be concentrated on the cheek.

Oval Face

If you have an oval face shape then you will adopt the same contour and highlight techniques of someone with a round face this face shape is the most easiest to work with, you want to work with your face’s natural symmetry this is shape face everyone is striving for so lucky you However although not much contouring is needed you may still want to contour your nose and cheek bones just to add some definition to the face and I often like to add a little contour into the temples too.

Highlight:

Apply highlight to the bridge of the nose using a fluffy brush  try applying highlighter to the  the apples of the cheeks as long as you don’t have a lot of texture or visible pores as highlighting will only exaggerate and bring focus to a textured skin if this is the case opt for a matte or very subtle highlight instead, ensure you add highlight to the cupids bow.

Blush:

Apply blush starting in the middle of the cheek, instead of directly on the apples and blend the color at an upward angle toward your earlobes.


I hope you now feel some what confident to contour your own face give it a go and let me know how you get on remember to blend everything 2019 is seeing more and more natural bone structures and shadows rather than the Kim Kardashian contouring we have seen in the past.


I came, I saw, I contoured.



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