Are You Contouring for Your Face Shape?

Are you contouring for your face shape? Many people try contouring and fail,thinking it doesn’t look right or makes them look unnatural. The basics of highlighting and contouring are pretty simple-highlight is used to emphasize the best features on your face while contouring is used to define and reshape. When picking a highlight and contour you want to make sure that the highlight is 2 shades lighter than your skin tone and the contour is 2 shades darker than your skin tone. The next step is to determine your face shape and contour accordingly. Contouring as another face shape will not give you the full effect that you are hoping to achieve. Check out the different face shapes below to determine what contour style will fit you best !

1. Oblong

Makeup Contouring for Oblong Face Shapes

How to tell if your face shape is oval:

  • Your face has a “rectangular” shape
  • Your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are all similar in width 
  • Your face is longer than it is wide

2.  Diamond

Makeup Contouring for Diamond Face Shapes

How to tell if your face is diamond shaped:

  • Your chin is narrow and pointed
  • You have prominent high cheek bones
  • You have a narrow hairline

3. Square

Makeup Contouring for Square Face Shapes

How to tell if your face shape is square:

  • The sides of your face are straight
  • Your face is nearly as wide as it is long
  • Your jawline has a minimum curve
  • Your jawline is defined

4. Round

Makeup Contouring for Round Face Shapes

How to tell if your face shape is round:

  • Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face
  • Your jawline is curved
  • Similar to a square face shape with softer angles

5. Heart

Makeup Contouring for Heart Face ShapesHow to tell if your face is heart shaped:

  • You have a long pointed jawline
  • The chin is the smallest point on the face
  • Similar to an “upside down triangle”