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Contouring For Beginners

Ever wonder how Kim Kardashian gets those perfectly chiseled cheekbones or how she gets that lip colour to pop? As you probably already know, it’s the art of contouring and highlighting, and it can totally change your face in an instant. Unfortunately, online contouring tutorials can be terrifying for beginners. Dark smears of contour under the cheekbones are often exaggerated and contrasted with creamy white highlighter on the brow ridges. Much can go wrong. If you’ve never tried contouring before, our beginners’ guide to contouring will have you mastering makeup’s greatest trick in no time.
Our faces are 3D and without contouring (and highlighting) the face can appear flat and even 2D in photos. Contouring allows us to make our favorite features stand out and our not so nice features recede. It also allows us to ‘sculpt’ our faces to create an illusion of an oval face, hide a double chin, or make the nose appear slimmer.
The contour is to use a darker shade to recede or ‘push back’ certain areas, while highlighting is to use a lighter colour to bring forward naturally prominent areas. This process really adds dimension to the face and can create a celebrity worthy bone structure. 
If you’re a beginner, we recommend that you start off with powder contouring. Once you’ve mastered the tricks of the trade, then move onto cream or foundation contouring which can be more difficult.
1) After you’ve applied your foundation and powder you’re ready to contour. Using a contouring brush, sweep your contour colour (the darker shade in your contour kit) on your hairline, under your cheekbone and on the sides of your nose. Blend thoroughly using a blending sponge (we recommend Napoleon Perdis Pro Makeup Blending Sponge).
2) Next, sweep you highlighter on your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on your brow bone, above your cheekbone, above the cupid’s bow of the top lip, and below the bottom lip, extending the length of the lip and slightly onto the chin. Lastly, highlight above the jawline. 
3) Blend, blend and blend. Using a powder brush or a blending sponge, blend thoroughly the contour and highlight colours into a seamless transition. You don’t want your face looking patchy or ‘dirty’. 
We’ve been inundated with hundreds of different types of contouring and highlighting kits over the years. In fact, it’s rare that any beauty brand is not without their own little kit. Some kits are a combo of powder and cream while others have up to 10 colours. We’ve kept it simple by picking our top 5 contouring kits for beginners:
1) MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette RRP $65.00 from Myer
2) Benefit Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer RRP $49.00, Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter RRP $53.00 Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush RRP $42.00 from Myer
3) Sportsgirl Time To Define Contour Palette RRP $24.95
4) Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette RRP $65.00
5) NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette RRP $39.95 from Priceline

So there you have it. Our guide to contouring 101. For more tips on achieving the perfect contour and the latest contouring kits, head into one of Garden City’s beauty and makeup retailers.
Posted by Garden City on 28 December 2016 within Lifestyle
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