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Take one quick scroll through your social media feeds and it’ll become clear that contouring is a beauty trend that shows no signs of slowing down. The contouring technique, which involves using dark and light concealer shades to enhance—or slim down the appearance of—certain facial features, has become a go-to for makeup artists and girls-next-doors alike. (And as a bonus, concealer can also help hide skin imperfections such as dark spots and dark circles under the eyes.)
But let’s be real: Contouring makeup can seem pretty difficult to master. For starters, what concealer shades, exactly, are you supposed to use? And where are you supposed to put them on your face for that sculpted look, anyway? Plus, should you use powder or cream products? Frankly, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin—and maybe even shy away from trying to contour altogether. Luckily, this makeup trend isn’t nearly as complicated as it seems on the surface. Here’s an easy step-by-step breakdown on how to contour like a pro.
First, hide the appearance of any skin discolorations such as dark spots or dark circles under the eyes with a color correcting concealers, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons. This line of color correcting crayons comes in five shades (yellow to hide dark spots, green to neutralize redness, and peach, bisque, and orange to mask dark circles on light, medium, and deep skin tones, respectively). Apply your color correcting concealer shade (or shades!) of choice sparingly to targeted areas and blend well using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender. The small, pointed tip of this makeup blender is perfect for maneuvering around hard-to-reach areas, like the sides of your nose.
Next, create an even canvas by swiping on a liquid foundation. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation for a demi-matte finish, medium coverage, and air-light texture that is long-lasting. Since this foundation has a matte finish, it can be a great pick for those with oily skin. Smooth the foundation onto your skin and then buff it onto your face using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. This makeup blender is designed with an exclusive plush material and easy-to-grip shape that can help ensure your foundation goes on uniformly.
In order to contour the right way, you’ll need two products: one for highlighting and one for contouring. For highlighting, pick a color that’s two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For contouring, pick a color that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Easy enough, right?
If you want a cream contour…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit or one of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Shaping Foundation Makeup Sticks.
If you want a powder contour…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette.
If you want a liquid highlight…try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, or L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator.
If you want a powder highlight…try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator.
Create the appearance of extra dimension by highlighting key areas of your face with your lighter concealer from the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer collection. These areas include under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, in between your eyebrows, and down the center of your chin. To apply a powder contour product, try using a fan brush. For a liquid highlighter or concealer, use a makeup blender.
Use the darker color of concealer or contour product you chose to accentuate specific areas on your face. Popular places to contour include along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and along the sides of your nose. For the best results, it’s important to keep your face shape in mind. Here’s The Right Way to Contour for Every Face Shape.
When you know where exactly to apply your contour product, blend it onto your face with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender if you’re using a liquid concealer. With flat, slanted edges, this makeup blender seamlessly moves across the contours of your face and ensures makeup blends smoothly onto skin. For powder contour products, try an angled contour makeup brush.
OK, you’re officially a makeup pro—or at least you can contour like one! If that’s not enough for you, maybe you’ll want to add a few hacks into your masterful skillset. Check out our 8 Contouring Hacks That Can Help You Sculpt Your Face Easier.