When you apply foundation and powder on your face, you take the natural highs (those places where you naturally glow) and lows (those places you are naturally darker) away from your complexion. Contouring brings those shadows and lighter areas back to the face in a more controlled manner. Contouring is used to enhance facial features, bring certain features out, create a sense of balance, and to add definition to makeup with color. They add definition to the face; like the icing on the cake. However, they are recommended for special occasions where you are more likely to be photographed.
With contouring you may hear the terms ‘highlights’ and ‘low lights‘. When working to highlight, For example, when contouring your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area.
Contrary to belief, contouring is always done with some shade of brown. Never use shades of makeup such as pink, plum etc. Use a shade that is similar to your skin tone when contouring.
Contouring is usually applied on the temple area, nose, eyes, and chin areas. You can use a cream or liquid contouring makeup product; however powder or mineral powders give a smooth, satin finish and are easier to blend
Highlighting works with contouring. For example, when you contour your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area.
Nose: For a slimmer nose, apply the contouring shade on each side of your nose, blend carefully, then use the highlighter down the center of your nose.
Cheekbones: To enhance the cheekbones, suck in your cheeks, and apply a darker shade to the hollows and a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. Then apply blush as normal. Don’t overdo it!
Forehead: If you have a wide forehead, apply a light bronzer to each temple and blend. This will create a shadow effect causing the head to look more rounded.
Chin: For a smaller, thin chin, apply highlighter to the center of the chin, directly under the center of the lip. To minimize a double chin, apply bronzer along the jaw line and blend it down, towards your neck. This creates depth and helps to strengthen the jaw line.
Eyes: Use at the back corner of the eye going upward toward the temple.
Lips: For slim full lips, apply a deep shade of lip color to the entire lip. If you want plump up thin lips, you can apply a light lip color with shimmer or gloss, then apply highlighter between the peaks of the upper lip and below the center of the lower lip. This makes thin lips look full and gives a pouty appearance.
Hopefully, these few tips would make contouring much easier for you.