How to contour for beginners: Easy step-by-step tutorial
Contouring is the new mascara - and no we don’t mean sweeping bronzer on your lashes! Just as mascara is the icing on the cake for any makeup look, no look is complete without contouring – it’s the key to Kim K’s flawlessly sculpted jawline. And, just like mascara needs to be applied correctly, so too does contouring.
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Contouring palettes and the army of other powders, sticks and creams, beauty vloggers seem to use makes it look way over most of our heads! Thankfully it’s not as hard as it’s cracked up to be. Here, M.A.C Makeup Artist Liz Hyun, takes us through an easy step-by-step guide to contouring like a pro - read on for the products she used to create this look.
For the beginners out there we’ve also created a handy contouring dictionary below for each term used in the tutorial.
This is when a matte (not shimmery) powder, liquid, cream, or stick product that's a few shades darker than your skin tone, is used to define or reshape areas. Commonly shaded areas include the cheekbones, nose and forehead.
Also known as strobing, highlighting accentuates areas of your face that naturally catch light to add an extra glow. Highlighting is typically done with a powder or cream stick that has pearlescent-like pigment to it although it can also be created using a lighter concealer for a matte look. I’m always chasing extra glow so I opt for highlighters with lots of shimmer.
Bronzer or blush you ask? The answer is both. Often confused as interchangeable instead of complementary together, blush and bronzer have different purposes. In a nutshell, blush is used to add a flush of colour to cheeks hence it generally comes in variations of pink, peach or plum undertones. On the other hand, bronzer is intended to make skin look more tanned so is typically brown or gold in base. Blush should be applied directly to the apples of the cheeks and cheekbones whereas bronzer has more diverse uses.
M.A.C STUDIO FIX SCULPT & SHAPE CONTOUR PALETTE in Light/Medium, $85
M.A.C MINERALIZE BLUSH in Warm Soul, $54
M.A.C MINERALIZE SKINFINISH in Soft & Gentle, $66
M.A.C 138 Tapered face Brush, $98
M.A.C 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, $80
M.A.C 116 Blush Brush, $80
Have you tried contouring before?