Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Year of the Contour

Items shown above: NYX Wonder StickMake Up For Ever Sculpting KitClinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and HighlightAnastasia Beverly Hills Contour KitMarc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

It seems as if companies are releasing contour products left and right for the spring. While contour has been a popular makeup trick for a while, I have noticed contouring gaining a lot of attention in the beauty world for the past few months. Whether it's because of the Kardashions or just another large beauty trend, contouring is one of the most transforming beauty trends and is the perfect way to add some definition or enhance certain features.

In the past, contouring has mostly been done by applying a bronzer or illuminator to the low and high points of your face. Contour colors, however, are different in that a contour shade creates a muted shadow, while a bronzer creates a more bronzed look. Highlighting shades that come in contour palettes are also less shimmery and are slightly more yellow toned than illuminators. This creates a more natural "lifted" look to you face rather than a glow.

Above is a chart highlighting (pun not intended) the basics to contouring. Contouring essentially has two "rules": Contour on the low points of your face and Highlight on the high points of your face. While this may seem simple, contouring does take practice. If you are just starting to contour, begin practicing with a little bit of the product. This lighter contour is also great for an everyday or for a more natural look. After some practice, if you want a more defined look for a night out, you can slowly build up the contour. The same goes with highlighting. Just be sure to blend!

What do you think about contouring?
Please leave you thoughts in a comment below!

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