Did you know 24% of global cosmetics are bought by Americans? Beauty is often imitated but rarely duplicated, so each person has to create their specific face shape to complement the contouring of their face. 

Learning to contour your face might seem intimidating, but the process is pretty straightforward. Plus, the results are decidedly impressive.

Here's how to contour your face and make the most of your gift to the world.

Prep Yourself for Contouring

Start by cleansing your face to rid it of any dirt or oils. After moisturizing, prep your skin with makeup primer to create a smooth surface. Use a damp beauty blender to apply a thin layer of foundation or concealer to give your face an even, natural-looking base.

Learn What Kind of Brushes You Need

Learning what brushes you need is vital in ace contouring to get the desired shape. A contour brush helps create shadows and soften harsh lines.

A highlighting brush is used to apply light shimmer or powder to specific areas of the face. This includes the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and underneath the eyes. You can use angled blush brushes to define the cheekbones and give a sculpted look to the face. 

Meanwhile, you can opt for a buffing brush to blend out harsh lines and achieve a natural look. Lastly, a kabuki brush will help blend out sharp lines or harsh contours. 

Map Out the Areas of Your Face

Start by mapping out your forehead, the apple of your cheeks, your jawline, and the sides of your nose. You want to apply the contouring shade to the areas of your face you want to create more definition or slim down.

To slim down your nose, apply the contouring shade to the sides of your nose. You also want to use a lighter shade to highlight the areas you want to draw attention to, like your upper cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.

Shade In and Blend Smoothly

Shading and contouring your face is the perfect way to enhance your facial features and further define your overall look. A light base color should be used as the starting point, while a darker shade should contour and define the cheekbones, nose, and jawline.

When applying the darker color, use a brush to "shade in" the hollows of the cheeks, temples, sides, and nose tip. To create a smooth blending effect without harsh lines, use a slightly damp makeup blending sponge to blend all the colors smoothly.

When contouring the forehead, start by applying the contour shade to the forehead. Blend along the hairline towards the crown of your head. 

Finally, use a highlighter shade along the top of the cheeks, nose bridge, under the eyes, and above the brows. This will give your face a bright and defined look. If you want more volume on your cheeks, you can consider cheek implant surgery.

Complete Your Look by Learning How to Contour Your Face 

Knowing the best ways how to contour your face doesn't have to be intimidating and can be done quickly and easily. Use a contour palette with colors that work best for your skin tone, find your facial features, and practice with a light hand for a natural finish. Experiment to see what works best for you, and enjoy your newfound beauty routine!

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