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HOW TO CONTOUR AND THE ESSENCE OF CONTOURING

| July 29, 2020 | no comments

When you scroll through social media pages especially Instagram, you get to see beautiful photos of perfect facial structures and tones, and you begin to wonder why you haven’t been able to look smashing like the persons in these photos in your makeup. The truth is that aside the use of quality makeup products, it is of utmost importance to master the art and techniques used in makeup application, contouring being a very important part of it.

The contouring technique uses light and dark makeup in specific areas to sculpt, redefine and enhance the face or other body parts such as the breast, helping you achieve the illusion of a killer nose, set cheek bones and your desired slim face. A contoured face is attractive and gives you some level of confidence. It is actually not difficult as you can achieve it by doing it yourself.

Products needed include but not limited to:
Foundation of your shade, Concealer or Foundation in a slightly lighter colour than your skin, Concealer, Foundation or Powder in a slightly darker colour than your skin, Setting Powder, Blush, Powder Brush, Foundation Brush and Concealer Brush.

Here is a step by step guide on how to get it done:

  1. Clean and moisturize your face.
  2. Apply your foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  3. Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck.
  4. Mix your lighter concealer or foundation with your regular foundation using a brush or your fingers.
  5. Highlight: Using a concealer brush or your fingers, apply the lighter makeup mixture to your T-zone (the area right above your eyebrows and the spot between them down to the center of your nose and the middle of your upper lip, then the middle of your chin), your under-eye area, and right above your cheek bone.
  6. Paint a thin line with this highlighting mixture right above your jawline.
  7. Use a brush, sponge, or your fingers to blend your makeup until there is no visible line of demarcation between the highlighter and your foundation. You want this to look seamless.
  8. The “contour,” or darker makeup, goes on the sides of your nose, right under your cheekbones, and around your hairline.
  9. Blend in your contour just like you did your highlight.
  10. Apply finishing powder to your whole face to get rid of any excess oil.
  11. Add blush to your cheeks, moving upward from the apples to your temples.

With these simple steps, your face is ready and set. Take a selfie!

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Esther Ogundare is a graduate of Biochemistry, a certified fashion designer, instructor, writer and public speaker with over 10 years experience in the industry. She is the Creative Director of Esolto Couture, a fashion house located in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also keen on youth and women empowerment. Esther is a Contributor at Befenchy's creativity and lifestyle media, Fashion Appraisal where she writes about everything fashion, beauty, and business of fashion.

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