So many requests for a contouring video! What is it? What products do I use? How do I do it? Do I look like Kim Kardashian yet?
Allow me to help clear things up for you...
What is it? Contouring and highlighting is a makeup trick used to sculpt the face and enhance bone structure. Contour makes ares of the face recede deeper, or fall into shadow. Highlight brings features forward and makes them appear more prominent.
What products do I use? Contour products are intended to mimic shadows on the face, so therefore the product you use must be a color that is a shade or two darker than your skin tone and have a cool/ashy undertone. It can be any type of powder or cream but it must have a matte finish (eyeshadows are often the best contour colors since there is such a wide selection of shades and tones). You can certainly use a bronzer to contour, but many bronzers are too red/orange (warm) for contouring since they are intended to add warmth to the face (and so many have shimmer! grr). Some deeper skin tones can get away with using a bronzer as contour while our fair skinned friends aren't as lucky. Light to medium skin tones should be very selective when choosing a contour color so you're not walking around with dirty looking orange stripes on your cheeks! See the image below to get a handle on differentiating between warm bronzer shades and cool contour colors...
Physicians Formula Mosaic Bronzer
Guerlain 4 Seasons Bronzer
Bare Minerals Ready Bronzer
Stila Self-Adjusting Bronzer
MAC eyeshadow in "Charcoal Brown"
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in "Hollow"
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculptng Powder in "Medium"
MAC eyeshadow in "Omega"
How do I do it? Watch the video below and find out! Keep in mind you're trying to trick the eye! Subtlety is key, so work conservatively because there's a fine line between fooling the eye and fooling yourself.
Do I look like Kim Kardashian yet? No, but a girl can dream, right?