Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve stumbled across the idea of contouring recently. Perhaps you might not be familiar with the technical term, but contouring is the act of making yourself look like a comedy / tragedy mask for a second. . . and has been brought to the public eye in large thanks to the Kardashians. So that’s what they’re famous for. . . oh wait, nevermind.
This is our friend, Libertee.
A master of the art of contour shading, Libertee will be the first to tell you that this practice isn’t a part of her daily regime; however, in the spirit of safety, she’s interested in sharing a “how to” in hopes of averting “contouring catastrophes.”
Above is a before and after example of contouring gone right. Notice how Libertee, still looks like Libertee. Be sure to follow along closely, to avoid looking like a Spider-Man in costume.
Contouring is a concept that is based on a long believed doctrine that suggests oval faces are the most aesthetically pleasing. It’s impossible to forget this little tid-bit as soon as you realize that your face is not in fact oval shaped. Son of a bitch!
Let’s not get ridiculous, oval faces aren’t the be-all, end-all (you egg faces think you’re so great. KIDDING); every face is beautiful.
There is, however, some wisdom in the contour bible.
Before we get too far into the “how to,” we want to introduce you to one of our own commandments:
Live every day like you might get pushed into a pool at any moment. You don’t want the life guard to keep searching the bottom of the pool once you’ve surfaced. Translation – don’t wear so much make-up that you’re unrecognizable without it; make-up is for accenting, not creating a new identity.
With that pearl of wisdom in mind, we share this contouring post with you, along with a bit of caution. We urge you to practice the art of contouring in moderation. Think special occasions that won’t necessarily cause you to sweat much. I.E NOT the gym or a night out dancing. A face that has been contoured that has been sweating is sure to give you that “why so serious look.” We’re not joking. Nailed it.
There are elements of contouring that can be integrated into your daily regime – just don’t go putting the whole periodic table on your face on the daily.
1. Foundation that matches your skin tone
2. Contour shade
3. Highlight shade
That’s a lot of make-up for “reality TV. . .”
1. Setting the stage
-Pull your hair back away from your face to better expose your facial structure
-Moisturize your face and five minutes later apply your foundation and any necessary concealer.
-Do not powder your face yet.
2. Exploring your angles
Take your contouring color and begin to outline areas of your facial structure that require intensified definition such including;
-either side of your nose up to the contouring crease of your eye
-around the edge of your hairline.
3. Highlighting your lines
Take the highlighter shade and accentuate the ‘high parts” of your face including
-the centre of the forehead
-under the eye to the centre of your cheekbone
-under the arch of your eyebrow
-down the centre of your nose
-three dashes that accentuate the angles of your chin
4. Getting into character
Once you’ve drawn the lines on you face you need to BLEND. You do not want to look like an illustration of how to use a traffic circle.
-Blend the dark spots first – concentrate on creating the illusion of bone structure; think less “lines” and more “blended shadows.”
-Blend the highlights next
-Some schools of thought will tell you to use a brush for the blending; however, in addition toavoiding an unnecessary expense, we like using our fingers as their warmth and the warmth of your face facilitates easy blending, and more natural looking blends.
5. Dress rehearsal
Lightly powder the tee zone of your face which include your forehead, the bridge of your nose and the tip of your chin.
. . . almost. You still have the rest of your make up to do. Yet another reason we don’t recommend doing this every day. . . who has the time?!
-Believe it or not, we suggest you still put on blush, but sparingly. Do this to add a kiss of colour. . .but, just a peck . . . not like a gross sloppy kiss. Those are wrong, no matter the context. “Seriously, stop liking my face.”
K. Love you. Mean it!