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Contour 101: Contouring and highlighting go together like Cheese and Jam!

Contouring is when you use a matte contour 101 (read: not shimmery) powder, liquid, cream, or stick product that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.

Contouring Products:

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   PEARLY BALLS                 CONTOUR PALETTE        EGYPTIAN BRONZER

                            

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 CONTOUR STICKS                SWATCHES                     CONTOUR BLUSH

                       

Highlighting Products:

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   STROBING PALETTE                  LUMI DUST              GLAM HIGHLIGHTERS

                                                       

Already feel lost in a sea of contouring? Don’t stress! We are here to make it easier. It basically comes down to the shape of your face – and then everything works out. But by no means must you stick to the below tips (makeup has no rules!), they’re only here to serve as a guide. Seven different face shapes = 7 different contouring plans.

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For Heart Shaped Faces

Where to contour (see picture below):

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the upper and lower half of your face.
  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.
  • The very tip of your chin.

Where to highlight:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten them.
  • In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

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For Round Shaped Faces:

Where to contour:

  • On the sides of your forehead and along your temples.
  • The area below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline.

Where to highlight:

  • In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.
  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten them.

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For Square Shaped Faces:

Where to contour:

  • On the sides of your forehead.
  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.
  • Under your jawbone.

Where to highlight:

  • In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.
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For Rectangle Shaped Faces:

Where to contour:

  • Along your hairline and on the sides of your forehead.
  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.
  • Underneath your jawbone.

Where to highlight:

  • In the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten the area.

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For Oval Shaped Faces:

Where to contour 101:

  • On the sides of your forehead.
  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

  • In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten the area.
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For Oblong Shaped Faces:

Where to contour 101:

  • Along your hairline and underneath your chin.
  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten the area.

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For Diamond Shaped Faces:

Where to contour 101:

  • The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten them.
  • In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

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Some Extra Tips:

1) Highlighting is so lovely but don’t overdo it – keep it simple and light

2) Hold your brush lightly in your hand at all times

3) BLEND – this is the most important thing to remember – use one of our Bevel Sponges for that

4) For cream products (Like the Hean Contour Kit) use your fingers

5) Use a Fan brush for a powder highlighter

Have a fabulous week – remember to let me know if you have any questions and leave a comment we would love to hear from you!

Gaelxxx

PS: thanks to @Cosmopolitan for the excellent article (esp the pics).

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