Tips for a Better Contour (2)

The trend of 2019 seems to be straying from sculpting, but I’m here to show you how to do it regardless of era, and do it well. The original post I planned became too long, so I decided to cut it into smaller posts so that it’s easier to understand.

2. Go Higher and the Right Brush

I’m not one of those girls who obsess daily over how high they can make their cheekbones or how small and cute their noses can get with makeup. I tried the style in 2011, and suffice to say I wasn’t impressed. It probably had to do with the fact that I was using red-toned contour powders on my neutral to warm skin, but I digress.  I have only recently perfected my nose and cheek contour, so this is probably the best advice I can give.

No one has the same contour.

Like RiRi has said, you have to contour for your face shape, and not what others tell you. And I have found that when I contour, starting slightly higher than where you think you want the shadow to be just makes my nose and cheekbones that much more sculpted (or ‘snatched’).

A good guide is to apply the shadow – whether you are using cream or powder (wait for no. 5) – on the cheekbones and following the bridge of your nose rather than below it. Any higher and you risk disrupting the overall structure of the face. This is how people start getting clued in, whether they think you’d gotten surgery or failed at contouring, and that’s not a good contour in my books.

As for brushes, I find that a loose-bristled, flat brush is best for the nose, and an angled medium to small sized brush best for the face. I do not own any angled brushes, so I cannot speak for how good they are. If you can’t find those, I recommend getting a flat eyeshadow brush and a big and loose-bristled blending brush. Use the eyeshadow brush to apply the powder in the spot that you want, and use the blending brush to blend it out.

I’m making a point of saying loose-bristled, because the more space the hairs have to move, the more air-brushed your contour is going to look. The less hairs there are, the less pigment you are going to pick up even if you dab the blending brush into the contour powder instead of going back in with the eyeshadow brush to deepen the contour.

Please share with me if this helps you, because I want to learn to properly communicate my experience so that learning how to sculpt your face doesn’t have to mean you look like you facepalmed a cast member of the Lion King play.


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