Ever since contouring took the beauty sphere by storm by beauty icons and of course, the Kardashian family, sculpted cheeks and illuminated, flawless visages have dominated makeup trends all around the world. Promising to transform your facial structure within minutes, this coveted trend does not seem to be dying down anytime soon. Reinventing itself over the years by different generations of makeup artists, contouring can indeed be tricky, especially since it is not a one-size-fits-all technique. If it is your first time delving into this chiselling technique, fret no longer! Here is the ultimate lowdown on contouring and everything you need to know to accentuate your visage.


The Right Tools Matter

To get that perfectly sculpted facial structure of your dreams, you will need to invest in some quality tools that are specifically designed for contouring. This is an essential step because the brushes and sponges that you use in your makeup can quite literally make or break your entire look. Spending a little bit more on your tools can go a long way in terms of coverage and durability, so do not be afraid to splurge! Additionally, a good brush or sponge will not soak up all the product, and you certainly do not want to waste any precious product. It can also help to make blending a smoother and quicker process, which delivers a seamless and natural finish without any harsh lines. And if you are using cream contour, do consider using a damp sponge to blend it in for a soft yet defined look.


Find Out Which Formula Works Best

Over the years, there has been a surge of contouring products that range from creams, powders, and colour correcting kits. It can be undeniably confusing if you are new to contouring and don’t know where to start. To help make contouring easy for you, it is recommended to find out which formula works best for your skin type and you can do just that by consulting a beauty advisor at the makeup store. For starters, if you have dry skin, you might want to look towards cream contour sticks or palettes that are creamy and emollient, instead of powder types that could settle into fine lines and uneven skin texture. On the other hand, individuals with oily skin should look towards powder contour kits, or at least set their contour with a loose powder, to ensure that it doesn’t slip and slide throughout the entire day.


Sometimes, Less Is More

As the natural, my-skin-but-better look continues to top beauty trends in 2019, contouring this year is all about enhancing your natural features without going too heavy with it. Ditch the clown contouring technique and incorporate subtlety into your face sculpting routine for a wearable look that allows your natural beauty to shine through. Opt for softer, glowy nudes to illuminate the highpoints of your visage and give it a soft definition. Besides, going easy on the contour doesn’t give off a cakey vibe, which is honestly not a cute look on anyone, ever.


Strobing Is The Secret

Contouring and highlighting go together, just like peanut butter and jelly. To fully enhance your features and bring dimension to your complexion, do give the strobing technique a try. As contouring alone can flatten your look, strobing helps to offset that effect by illuminating the highpoints of your face where the light naturally hits. This will, in turn, help to add a fresh glow to your overall look. Simply dust some highlighting powder or cream – whichever you prefer – to the nose bridge, brow bones, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and a little on your forehead to bring your look together.


Getting A Slimmer Nose

What if we told you that you could transform your nose without going under the knife? Yes, contouring can help you to do just that in a matter of a few minutes! Nose contouring, however, can be a little different in comparison to facial contouring. To achieve a ‘snatched’ nose, as they say in the beauty sphere, you would want to apply contour on the sides of your nose with a small, stiff brush. Place it in two straight lines from where your brows start to achieve the shape you want – the closer the lines, the slimmer your nose would appear. Or, if you just want to define what you already have, just apply the contour along the sides of your nose bridge to softly define your nasal structure and blend it in for a natural finish.


Don’t Forget To Set Your Work

After all that hard work, what you want to do is to set it to ensure that your contour lasts throughout the day and night. Set it with a contouring powder to enhance the definition a little bit more, or lightly dust some setting powder all over your face to lock it all in. Remember to go easy with a light hand when it comes to setting your makeup because you certainly don’t want to buff it all away by blending it into your skin. Opt for the baking method if you are heading out for the night and want your contour to last, or simply spritz some setting spray to keep your look fresh.