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So, today I think it’s time we delved into the world of contouring – something which still remains a mystery for many of us – mainly because we think it may be more difficult than it actually is! You can make it as simple as you like, and your face doesn’t have to covered forehead to chin in something that resembles war paint! With that in mind, here is a beginner’s guide to contouring…

Buddy up with bronzer

In order to perfectly contour your face, please don’t feel like you need to splash out on a million different shades of foundation – in fact, a great bronzer is all you really need. Liquid or powder bronzers are both fine, but if you really really want to define your cheekbones, jawline and nose, I would recommend investing in a good liquid bronzer. Liquid bronzers blend easier, especially if your skin type is dry. For best results, make sure you apply your foundation before beginning to contour as you would normally do. This will also provide a base upon which to contour.

The right shade is key

For a natural, contoured look, just as choosing the right foundation is important – so is choosing the right colour bronzer. If you’re unsure of which shade to go for, I would advise opting for a bronzer that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone.This will help give definition whilst also looking natural. Most importantly, it will enable you to layer without looking too orange or cakey.

Invest in the right tools

Makeup tools are so important when it comes to contouring. If you’re going to use a liquid bronzer, a makeup sponge works best for blending. If you are choosing a powder bronzer, then go for a flat or angled brush to create that coveted depth on your cheekbones. Layering liquid or powder bronzer will help give your skin a finished look. Don’t be surprised if you feel like you need a couple of practices before getting the hang of it – we’ve all been there!

And go, go, go!

Have you now got the correct makeup tools and bronzer!? Well then you’re ready to go go go and contour. Sweep the bronzer where the sun hits your face, the likes of across your forehead,your nose, around your jawline and on your cheekbones.Use light, sweeping strokes so you don’t get too heavy and darkest application of your bronzer should sweep toward your cheeks, starting from your hairline. Then, sweep a lighter application across your cheek and back to your ears. But whatever you do, don’t use too much! Bronzer looks best when it gives you a subtle sun-kissed glow and is understated.

Blend it baby, blend it!

So now you’ve swept your bronzer where the sun would hit your face, it’s time to blend. It’s important that your neck matches your face and  they aren’t two completely different colours. To do this, just sweep a little of your bronzer downward onto your neck from your jawline to create a seamless transition. If you decide to wear your hair up, don’t forget to blend a little bronzer onto the back of your neck, too.

Gentle sweeps for maximum results

If you want to avoid dark circles on the apples of your cheeks, then make sure you aren’t using a circular motion when applying bronzer. Gently sweeping the brush in a back and forth motion will create a much softer, more natural look.


  • Ever craved a one-stop shop infographic for the PERFECT make up? Well look no further, this one has got it all!

  • Beauty blogger Dana Fox and her amazing blog The Wonder Forest gives us even more handy hints all about contouring with a handy step by step illustration – we love this girl and this blog!

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