Contouring can be complicated. Instagram makeup artist make it seem like it is an 20+ step process to contour your cheek bones and nose. Sure, if you’re celebrity, spending 30 minutes contouring your face seems reasonable. But if you aren’t a Kardashian, who has time for such a crazy in-depth makeup routine? Luckily, there are a few ways to achieve the effects of contouring without spending so much time in front of the mirror.
You’ll need to find the type of product that works best for you. Do you want to use cream or powder? A lot of people perfer powder because it’s easier to blend and you can build up the color. However, I personally think that it is faster to use cream contouring products. First, start with your normal foundation routine. After that, you’ll need two additional products: a foundation that is two shades darker than your overall foundation and a foundation that is two shades lighter. I suggest investing in foundation sticks to make this process quick and easy. Two of my favorites are the Colourpop Sculpting Stix ($5) and the NYX Wonder Stick ($11.99). Once you find the right shades, the hardest part of contouring is over.
Using the darker shade, map out your face. The first area you’ll want to contour is your cheek bones. Find the hollows of your face by sucking in your cheeks to see where the hollows are. Another way to contour this area is draw a line with your contour stick from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth. Other areas you can quickly contour are your nose, hairline, and under your chin. To contour the nose, start at inner corner of brow and draw a line down either side of your nose. For the chin, draw a line along the jawline, right where the jaw meets the neck. Draw a line along the hairline to contour your forehead.
The next step is to use the lighter foundation stick to highlight the areas opposite of where you just contoured. The basic areas to highlight are tops of your cheekbones, your brow bone, the bridge of the nose and your cupid’s bow. Once you pretty much look like a zebra, it’s time to blend. And blend. And blend. Seriously, just keep blending. This is the longest, most time consuming part but it’s the most important. When using cream contour products, it’s best to blend out the lines with a damp beautyblender. You want to blend the lines into your foundation by tapping the beautyblender over the contoured areas in a circular motion. Once your done blending, dust your face with translucent powder using a soft, fluffy brush. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes. A good rule is to spend one minute mapping out your face with the contour sticks, and the other 4 minutes blending. It’s that simple.
Now that you know how to quickly contour your face, make sure you aren’t making these disastrous contouring mistakes.
[Image: Tamira Jarrel]