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How to Contour

Attention, makeup beginners! Learn how to contour your face step by step with this easy video tutorial.

Updated April 30, 2018
How to Contour
How to Contour
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Learning how to contour can be a very nerve-racking experience. This How to Contour Your Face Step by Step tutorial is an excellent tool to teach you all of your beginning contour needs. With helpful tips and tricks, this makeup video will turn you into a contour pro in no time. Now you can look like all the celebrities that walk the red carpet without having to get any of the plastic surgery thanks to this cream contour tutorial. Watch this simple how-to video to get some helpful tips on how to contour your face like a pro! 

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty

Beginner

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Note: These are the specific products I used in this video. They are not necessarily must haves in order to complete this look!

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit - Shade Light to Medium
  • Elf Shimmering Facial Whip - Shade Lilac Petal
  • Bare Minerals Setting Powder - Shade Well Rested
  • Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 - Shade Translucent
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Milani Blush - Shade Luminoso
  • Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder - Shade Pink Glow
  • Pixi Setting Spray
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil
  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush
  • Sephora CollectionPro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush #66
  • Beauty Blender
  • E.L.F. Foundation Brush
  • E.L.F. tapered brush
  • E.L.F. All Over Powder Brush

How to Contour Your Face Step by Step

Instructions

  1. Apply your foundation how you normally would.

  2. Using your cream contour kit, or your concealer and stick contour products, add any beauty oil as desired or as needed. 

  3. Using a flat foundation brush apply the lightest part of your concealer in triangle shapes under your eyes. Also apply to the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on your chin, around your mouth (if desired), and beneath the place where you'll be putting your dark contour under your cheekbones (if desired).

  4. Apply the darker part of your contour underneath your cheekbones, typically going from the top of your ear toward the corner of your mouth. However, don't actually apply your cream contour more than halfway down your cheek. Also apply your dark cream contour to the top and corner of your forehead, down the sides of your nose, and underneath your jaw.

  5. With a beauty blender or sponge, start to blend out the lighter cream part of your contour.

  6. Using either a brush or that same beauty blender, begin to blend out the darkest part of your contour.

  7. Continue to blend. Feel free to add more concealer under the contour of your cheekbone to sharpen it up, and then blend that out as well.

  8. Once you have blended everything the way you like it, take your undereye setting powder and set the area under your eyes. 

  9. Using your all over face powder and powder brush, set the rest of your face. Be sure to use dotting or dabbing motions and do not sweep your brush back and forth on your face. 

  10. Using your bronzer brush or a contour brush, reapply your bronzing powder in any areas you want to give an extra dramatic affect to.

  11. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Be sure not to apply your blush too close to your nose, because that can make your face look "caved in."

  12. Using your highlighting powder, highlight the tops of your cheeks, your nose, your Cupid's bow (right above the upper lip), and any other areas of the face you would like. 

  13. Spray your entire face with setting spray, and you are ready to finish the rest of your makeup!

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This is a great instructional and it really shows how you can play up your bone structure using these techniques. I have used similar ones and for full makeup these tips are great. For the day to day or when you are in a hurry, I just put in foundation, then a quick dusting of contour powder on the hollow of my checks and behind eyelids, then a lighter shade on the top of the cheek bone, a dash of blush and done. It is so fun to experiment with different makeup techniques!

I have wanted to learn how to contour for the longest time and now it seems so easy with this video. There are so many tips and tricks guys but I thought that this technique varies with the shape of your face.

Such a great tutorial! I love all of the tips about putting on blush and eliminating under eye circles. They're great for working into my everyday makeup routine! Maybe a future video could be - What makeup should you put on if you only want to spend 15 minutes getting ready?

I love the detailed explanation in the video! This is so needed for a beginner (like me). Can't wait to try this out myself at home!

The only thing that looks daunting is the long list of products used! I count 2 kinds of highlighter and a bronzer in addition to the contour kit. Might be scary for beginners who may not have all those products! But I love the tutorial! :)

The final product looks great. I am so scared to try contouring, but Maggie definitely made it seem easy to do.

I love this! Didn't know it til now but I've been doing part of my contour WAYY wrong.. so thanks for thanks for the video! You talk about having small lips (same). Do you think you could do a lipstick video about how to make your lips look bigger, or just how to make small lips pop?

Such a great tutorial! I would love to see videos of how to do a basic brow or how to cover acne.

Great tutorial! I'd love to see one with all drugstore products for those of us who are on a budget!

She makes it look so easy! I'm trying this when I get home

Awesome contour! Really talented. Keep it up girl!

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