My Guide to the Perfect Contour!

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OK, so you’ve noticed that Kim Kardashian has the most perfect contour in the world. Now you want to do it too. Don’t worry; anybody can get the perfect contour when they know the right way to go about it. It might take a little practice, but soon enough you’ll have it down to a T! 

#1. Apply Your Foundation – Start off by applying your foundation as you usually would. I like to put mine on with a wet sponge and gently work it around my face. You need to get your foundation perfect before applying your contour, so take time to blend it in properly and cover your imperfections where possible.

#2. Take Your Face Shape Into Consideration – Taking your face shape into consideration is so important. There are slight variations of the contour for people with different face shapes. A round faced person would need to contour slightly differently to a square faced person to get the desired effect! There are lots of guides online to help you work out where to shade and where to highlight. You could even look at makeup courses to help you. It makes sense too once you understand!

#3. Apply a Darker Shade – When you apply the darker shade, you need to make sure that it isn’t too dark for your skin; there’s such a thing as too dark. I know lots of people like to choose ashy tones for the dark colour, as they look more like shadows when applied to the face. Choose your dark shade wisely. You apply the dark shade to places like the hollows of your cheeks, sides of the nose, forehead, and chin. It’s usually where the sun would naturally hit but also the areas you want to look smaller.

#4. Apply a Highlighter/Lighter Shade – Now it’s time to apply your lighter shade. Your lighter shade or highlighter is going to accentuate areas to create a more 3D effect with the bronzer. You can use a highlighter or concealer, or both. It depends on what I’m doing as to what I choose – test both out and see how you feel.

#5. Blend, Blend, Blend – Blending is the key with your contour. If you don’t blend it properly, everybody will be able to tell you have it on – it shouldn’t look like makeup! Blend with a sponge or brush, whatever you feel comfortable doing.

#6. Natural Light, Always – Always do it in natural light and you can’t go wrong. Natural light is the harshest light and will show up any imperfections. If you do it in artificial light, you might be surprised when you go out into natural light, or worse, you might not even realise. You can even buy mirrors with bulbs that look imitate natural light if that isn’t an option.

Bear in mind you don’t need to do this as part of your everyday makeup routine. I enjoy wearing a little bit to the gym sometimes, but I definitely don’t contour for that.What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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