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If you've been keeping up with the ever-changing beauty trends, you've more than likely already heard about contouring. It's a classic makeup technique that professionals have used for years, but recently it has turned into an over-the-top trend that has taken over social media. Bloggers are sculpting abdominal muscles into their stomachs and making their derrières look perkier with elaborate contouring tutorials. But if you aren't trying to transform your entire body with makeup, there's a much simpler approach that will subtly make the features of your face pop.
You can use contouring to play up your favorite features, while also creating subtle illusions on your face. For instance, a few swipes of bronzer can make your forehead appear smaller. All you have to do is contour your hairline with a makeup product that's two shades darker than your complexion. The shadowing effect will instantly make temples appear smaller. And there's no need to draw crazy lines all over your entire face. A flawless contour can be achieved with a few easy-to-follow steps. Scroll down to see exactly how it's done.
Step 1. Create a smooth canvas.
Use a primer to create a smooth base before applying foundation. The skin-prepping product will smooth lines and help your makeup stay put longer. If you want pores to appear visibly smoother, try Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer. Or if you want to make dull skin radiate, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer is another great option. Once you apply the primer all over your face, layer on your foundation and concealer.
Step 2. Add your contour.
Once your base is all set, reach for a contour cream or powder that's a touch darker than your complexion. Makeup artist Anjeh Bourne from The Glam App says, "For a natural contour never use a product that's more than two shades darker than your skin." Swipe the deep color into the hollows of your cheeks and just along the hairline to chisel your features. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, use a Contour Blending Brush to swipe a line down each side of your nose to create a slenderizing effect.
Step 3. Blend harsh edges.
This is one of the most important steps in contouring. Grab a makeup sponge like the Beautyblender to seamlessly vanish sharp lines. But beware of rubbing too much because overmixing the product can make your foundation look muddy. Use the pointed tip of the sponge to blend the product in the same linear pattern that you applied it. You don't want to smudge the dark color all over your face. "If the contour looks too dark, use a tiny bit of your foundation color to calm it down," Bourne suggests.
The results are a sculpted effect that's anything but complicated.