Why you should Contour your face

I’m going to make this super, duper easy.

The reason you should be contouring when doing your makeup routine is that foundation creates a flat look and takes all the curves and personality out of your face, contouring adds them back in. You can use contouring to change the appearance of the shape of face but I prefer to use it to add back life and light.

I’m don’t do a lot of contouring but I do LOVE it.

Why you should Contour your face

Why you should Contour your face

These the steps I take to contour and illuminate:

  1. Apply your foundation as usual
  2. Use your normal concealer and eye primer, etc.
  3. Apply the darker contouring to under cheekbones. Start under your cheek bone and follow the line to your mouth but finish short. About 1/2 or  2/3 of the line  – this brings back your cheekbones or helps create them
  4. Around the jawline. This is important for 40+ ladies. It helps to create the appearance of a tighter jawline
  5. Down the side of the nose. I don’t do this all the time, only when my nose looks extra crooked. You can thin the nose with contouring but I just like to use it to straighten. I also do a little under the tip, to take a little length off. My nose is a little hooky and loves a little contouring.
  6. Apply the lighter contour between the dark cheekbone & jawline contouring, around the eyes and up the centre of the nose
  7. Grab a big brush and gently blend it all in. You need to get rid of the harsh lines
  8. Then I use a illuminator on top of my lip, centre of my chin, up the nose, between my eyebrows and the top of my cheeks. This gives a little light a dewiness. It’s like rewinded your age at least 3 weeks.
  9. Finally,You favourite blush on your apples at up towards your temple

This all sounds like a lot of effort but takes me a maximin of 5 minutes.

For the final image, I added lipgloss, a brown eyeshadow and mascara. Simple!

Why you should Contour your face

The products I used

  1. Motives Shape & Sculpt Duo
  2. Brushes. A contoured tip brush, a thinner one and a big blending brush
  3. Nars Orgasm blush
  4. Face of Australia Mineral Theraphy Illuminator in Angel Mist
  5. Youngblood Eye-Illuminating Duo. I actually use this to draw a line down the centre of my nose or highlight under the brow
  6. A cheaper contouring option is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze. Fantastic product!

Why you should Contour your face


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  1. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Great post Rachel I have just started learning to contour and it takes a few years off,thank you x

  2. It does make a difference! Maybe I should get off my lazy ass and try to do it!

  3. How great is contouring! I’ve only been doing it for the last 6 months or so and it makes all the difference!

  4. I love that Face of Australia illuminator – I use it every day as it is so fab not too mention reasonably priced. Thanks for the tips of where to put it too – I usually only wear it on my cheeks but I love what you’ve done here. Thanks Rachel! x

  5. Oh this was a great post!!! I never know how to do that and feel my face looks “flat” just as you said.

  6. good tips here Rachel … thankyou m:)X