Contour, Contour, Contour!

Contour is a word we often hear in the world of beauty. It relates to makeup procedures, but what exactly is contouring? Contouring is a magical cosmetic technique that can give you the cheekbones of Angelina Jolie and enhance the natural shape of your face. Contouring goes hand-in-hand with highlighting.

Contouring is produced by placing a warm or cool toned color that is two shades darker than your skin color in areas such as the hollows of the cheeks, the side of the nose and/or on the temples to give your face a shadow and or slimming effect. Complement your contour with a highlight stick or powder that is one to two shades lighter than your skin color on areas that are more prominent such as on the apples of the cheeks, the tip of the nose and the T-zone.

For the perfect contouring outcome, you must first identify your face’s natural shape. Is it oval, long, round, square, heart, or diamond-shaped?

How to Master the Cool, Chic Contour Technique:

  1. Two Contour Foundation Sticks (one to two shades darker than your skin tone, one to two shades lighter than your skin tone).
  2. Apply a base foundation to your skin.
  3. Map Your Face: Use the darker contour stick to trace your temples, cheekbones, and nose area.
  4. Blend: Use a damp beauty blender to blend the contour into the foundation.
  5. Get Lit: Use the lighter contour stick under your eyes, forehead and bridge of the nose. Blend with a damp beauty blender.
  6. Powder Dust: Use a fluffy brush to dust off loose translucent face powder.

Sculpt your face to perfection when you follow the perfect contouring directions!

Contouring the shape of your face and features can be that easy to achieve. For those who want this fabulous makeup technique but feel like you don’t have the skills for it, simply experiment. As with anything new, practice makes perfect. You’ll become the contour wizard in no time.

Fun Fact: Obtain Hollywood glamour with contour sticks! Did you know that in the 1950s actresses like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor contoured their faces to enhance their unique features?

So, what are you waiting for? Get that Hollywood glamour look with contour sticks. Whether you’re feeling confident about your skills, or you choose to book a professional makeup artist for a day of pampering beauty, a sculpted, chiseled face can be achieved the contour way.

In the realm of cosmetics, contouring is here to stay.

Create a chiseled face through contouring!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website






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