Contouring is when you use a matte powder, cream, or pencil product that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones. Highlighting offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight, use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light. According to your face shape, here’s a guide to contouring and highlighting:

DIAMOND FACE SHAPE

diamond

CONTOUR:

  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

HIGHLIGHT:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

HEART FACE SHAPE

heart

CONTOUR:

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the more narrow lower half.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.
  • The small area right below your chin to soften the point.

HIGHLIGHT:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, which brightens your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

OBLONG FACE SHAPE

oblong

CONTOUR:

  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

HIGHLIGHT:

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

OVAL FACE SHAPE

oval

CONTOUR:

  • The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear a little more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

HIGHLIGHT:

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

RECTANGLE FACE SHAPE

RECTANGLE

CONTOUR:

  • On the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear more narrow.
  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your jawbone to make your jawline appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

HIGHLIGHT:

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

ROUND FACE SHAPE

ROUND

CONTOUR:

  • On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

HIGHLIGHT:

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

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