How to apply contour for each face shape - Raphael Oliver
How to apply contour for each face shape - Raphael Oliver

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How to apply contour for each face shape: Everything you need to know.

Discover how to apply the ideal contour to each face shape in order to enhance and harmonize the beauty of each one. Check it out!

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To apply the right contour for each face shape, it’s necessary to know the face shapes and their characteristics. The contour creates harmony to the face, restoring the natural depth and luminosity and also to disguise details that bother the client.

The main types of faces are: oval, inverted triangle, heart, triangular, rectangular / square, oblong, diamond and round.
The right contour for each face shape consists of creating light and shadow that produce a feeling of evidence or disguise of points on the client’s face that she wants to hide. The rule is simple, darken what you need to hide and illuminate what you want to highlight. To understand more about this subject, read on.

How to apply contour on oval face

How to apply contour on oval face

The oval face is the most harmonious and easy to compose, not only the makeup but also clothes and accessories. It is a completely proportional shape and is characterized by wide cheeks and a rounded jaw.

The purpose of all contours is to reproduce the harmony that the oval already has naturally.

The contour must be done only to return the lines after the base without the need to mark a lot of product.

It is enough to simply contour the forehead, sides of the nose, apples, jaw and illuminate the central points of the face which are: center of the forehead and chin, above the nose and below the eyes.

How to apply contour on triangular face

How to apply contour on triangular face

A triangular face is composed of a narrow forehead, wider jaws, a protruding and elevated chin and, in this case, the darker part is the jaw, the chin and the illumination is usually done at the high points of the face which are: above the nose, center forehead, chin and below the eyes.

The blush is best applied just below the cheekbones with a rounded shape, without spreading to the ear.

How to apply contour on inverted triangle face

How to apply contour on inverted triangle face

It is characterized by a larger forehead in relation to the jaw, the lips closer to the chin, the hairline close to the forehead is straight.

For this type of face, the ideal is to illuminate the central part of the face and darken the sides of the forehead and the jaw. The blush should be applied from the ear towards the nose.

How to apply contour on heart face

How to apply contour on heart face

The heart-shaped face has the same characteristics as the inverted triangle which are: forehead larger in relation to the jaw and the lips closer to the chin, but the hairline forms a ¨V¨.

For the contour to darken the tip of the chin, the cheekbones and the forehead close to the hair. Illumination is normally done at the central points of the face.

How to contour on oblong face

How to contour on oblong face

An elongated face has the jaw and forehead with very similar sizes and the chin is small and high, in addition to the cheekbones being narrow.

The contour is indicated to find it and for that, the top of the forehead and the tip of the jaws close to the chin are darkened and the illumination is created in the central region of the face and in the middle of the nose.

How to apply contour on rectangular and square faces

How to apply contour on rectangular and square faces

This format draws a lot of attention because it is a big and imposing face.

This type of face has more length than width and the contour serves to smooth out the angles so that it looks more rounded.

Contour the entire forehead close to the hair, the cheekbones and the tip of the chin. The illumination is below the triangle-shaped eyes, the forehead below the lips. The blush is best applied only in the center of the cheeks, without spreading to the sides.

How to apply contour on diamond face

How to apply contour on diamond face

In addition to the beautiful name that this face shape has, of a precious stone, the shape is also rare. Very few people have this striking face where the chin is short, the cheeks are wide, the forehead and jaws are narrow and the cheekbones are more prominent.

To create harmony, just darken the forehead close to the hair and cheekbones, and apply the blush to the central region of the cheekbones.

How to apply contour on round face

How to apply contour on round face

This face shape conveys a youthful and sweet beauty with the cheeks wider than the face and the convex chin.

To contour a rounded face, the ideal is to darken the temples and sides of the face, always remembering to illuminate the central points. The bush, on the other hand, deserves caution in its application in order not to give the impression of increasing the cheeks, being applied only on the highest part of the apples.

Which products to use in the contours of the face?

There is the possibility of contouring the skin with foundations, powders and concealers. When the skin is contoured with just the powder, the result is smoother.

For the most striking results, the ideal is to create the contours with the concealer and then seal. In this way the colors are fixed with more pigment as they add the concealer and powder coatings.

The contour for each face shape can be done before the base or after, with just one or more products.

The ideal color for the skin contour are 2 lighter and 2 darker tones and the undertone should also be noted. Warm skin, needs warm contours and the same goes for cold and neutral skins.

In short, the contour for each face shape allows to harmonize the face as a whole, and is an excellent tool to work on the self-esteem of its customers.

After all, makeup is this, it gives you a thousand possibilities to be yourself, increase self-esteem and value each unique trait that each one has.


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Can you use concealer to contour?

Yes. You can use any cream or powder product darker than the skin to create depth on the face.

What is the difference between concealer and contour?

There isn’t such a big difference, you can use concealer for contouring. But maybe some contour formulas maybe a little easier to blend, because of the texture that can be more transparent and moist.

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