10 Smart contour makeup tips for girls who want to change their face shape
If you ever looked in the mirror and thought your face looked a bit too long, fat, or angular, then there’s no need to start looking for a good cosmetic surgeon, because you can the shape of your face easily, if you just know a few makeup tricks. Contouring and highlighting is simply using makeup to create light and shade and, with a bit of practice, you can use contouring techniques to great effect. By using a matte foundation that is two shades darker than your skin to create shadow, and highlighter that is two shades lighter, to emphasise light; you can totally transform the overall shape of your face. First of all, though, you need to understand what the shape of your face is and where to apply light and dark to change it. Here are ten contour makeup tips on how to decide what shape of face you have and how you can change it with makeup.
1. Contour makeup tips for heart shaped face
None of us our perfect and each one of faces is unique, but the purpose of contouring is to highlight the features of the ace that you like and to balance out your features so that your face looks more symmetrical. If you have a heart shaped face, for example, then your cheeks will be wider than your hairline and your chin is quite narrow and pointed. To balance the overall shape your face, you can contour down the side of your face from the temples, to the middle of your cheeks, which would have the effect of narrowing the upper part of your face. If you contour the end of your chin and highlight the middle, it will make the chin look broader and less pointed.
2. Contour makeup tips for square shaped face
If you have a square shaped face, which will mean that the width of your face is just about the same as the length and your jawline and hairline are about the same width, then you can use contouring to create a shapelier silhouette. Contouring your temples and the sides of your forehead will slim down the width of your head and highlighting the centre of your forehead will create more shape. Highlighting under your eyes and contouring your cheekbones will slim down the middle section of your face and you can give your chin more shape by contouring your jaw line and highlighting the end of your chin.
3. Contour makeup tips diamond shaped face
A diamond shaped face means that you have a long face, your chin is pointed, and the width of your hairline is narrower than your cheeks. To smooth out the slightly angular shape of this face type, you can highlight the centre of your forehead and chin, and under your eyes with an inverted triangle. Then, contour the area just below your cheek bones from the ears to the centre of your cheeks. The overall effect will be that your face looks more rounded.
4. Contour makeup tips for oblong shaped face
An oblong shaped face is characterised by your face being approximately twice as long as it is wide and your chin, jaw and hairline are not particularly pronounced, so contouring will be aimed at giving your face more shape. To do this, contour just below your hairline to decrease the appearance of the size of your forehead, under your chin to make it appear rounder, and down the side of your face, from your ears down to the middle of your cheeks, and that will slim that area down a bit. Highlight with a long inverted triangle under your eyes and you will have much shapelier features.
5. Contour makeup tips for rectangle shaped face
Your face could be described as rectangular if it is quite long, your hairline and your jaw line are about the same width, and your jaw is quite square. With this shape of face, you could contour along your hairline to lower it, down the sides of your forehead to make it appear narrower, and just under your jawbone to give it more shape. You may also want to contour under your cheekbones to thin that area of your face. Highlighting the middle of your chin will make it look more pronounced and highlighting under the eyes will brighten up that area of your face.
6. Contour makeup tips for oval shaped face
An oval shaped face would probably be better described as an upside down egg shape. Your face will be about one and a half times as long as it is wide and your jaw, hairline and chin are quite rounded. If you have this shape of face, contouring the sides of your forehead will make it appear narrower and contouring underneath your cheekbones will slim down that area. If you then highlight the middle of your forehead and the centre of your chin, that will give more definition to those areas. Finally, you could brighten the area around your eyes by highlighting the brow bone and under the eyes.
7. Contour makeup tips for round shaped face
If you have a round face then the width and the length of your face are about equal and your features are rounded. The aim of contouring with this shape of face would be to elongate the shape of the face. To do this, you can contour from the sides of your forehead, down your temples and then curve down the side of your face to your jawline, which will have the effect of making your face look narrower. Highlight the centre of your forehead, under your eyes and the middle of your chin to bring more light to these areas.
8. Make your nose look thinner
You can use contouring to change the appearance of individual features of your face too. If you wanted to make your nose appear thinner, for example, apply concealer or foundation that is two shades darker than the tone of your skin to the sides of your nose and highlight along the bridge of your nose.
9. Make a pointed chin look softer
The principals of highlighting are the same for any feature of the face. To make a pointed chin look more rounded, you would apply highlighter along your jawbone and contour the end of your chin. The lighter areas of skin on your face will look more pronounced and the darker ones will fade more into the background.
10. Contour makeup tips for rounding a square jaw
Here’s another example of how you can use makeup to change the features of your face. To smooth out the lines of a square jaw, contour all around the edges of jaw line and face and up and around the hairline and highlight the top of the cheekbones. That will give your face a much softer and more rounded appearance.
What are your best contour makeup tips?