The Secret to Contour Powders

By on October 17, 2009, in Beauty Knowledge Center, Cosmetics

Contour powders are great for hiding imperfections and highlighting your best features. By following a few easy application steps, you can instantly contour your features like the pros, giving the appearance of a straighter nose, more defined cheekbones, a less prominent double chin and a slimmer jaw line.

contour-makeupGetting Started

  • Use a buffer brush or firm blush brush for applying dark contour shades. Use a contour powder brush for applying your highlighting shades.
  • We always use a matte shade for contouring and a shimmering shade for highlighting.

    Slim or straighten your nose

  • For a slimmer, straighter nose, use a brush no bigger than the width of your pinky finger.
  • Apply your contour shade straight down each side of your nose. This creates the natural shadow and appearance of a straighter, narrower bridge.
  • Follow by applying a thin line of highlighter straight down the center of your nose. This subtly attracts light to the straight line, creating the illusion of a straighter nose.
  • Bring out your cheekbones

  • To bring out your cheekbones and reduce fullness in your cheeks, use a buffer brush to apply your contour shadow directly under the entire length of your cheekbones. The contour shade mimics the natural shadow that exists with slender cheeks.
  • Follow by dusting your highlighting shade directly on top, along the entire length of your actual cheekbones. The highlighter attracts light, making the cheekbones appear more prominent.
  • Contour your double chin

  • Use a buffer or blush brush to apply contour shadow (three to four shades darker than your skin color) under your entire chin, stopping just below your jaw line.
  • Make sure to blend your contour shadow into your neck. The contour shadow creates the illusion of depth and a decrease in size, which makes your double chin appear much smaller and less noticeable.
  • Slenderize your forehead

  • Use a buffer or blush brush to apply contour powder shadow (three to four shades darker than your skin color) around the entire outside perimeter of your forehead, from your hairline and in about one to three inches, depending on forehead size. Make sure to blend the contour shadow into your hairline, as it creates the illusion of depth and leanness.
  • Next, use a contour powder brush to dust your highlight shade to the center of your forehead. This brings your face forward and focuses attention on your eyes.
  • We love My Sculpted Face by IT Cosmetics because it has an easy-to-use guide, comes with waterproof contouring shades and highlighting shades designed to match all skintones and is packed with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to help moisturize skin and impart a healthy glow.