The art of contouring or shading had been a mystery for me for a long time. Now, after many trials and errors, let me share some tips and tricks on what I know about contouring.
Contouring or Shading
Contouring the face can create an illusion of a slimmer and smaller face. It could also create an illusion of deeper set of eyes. We contour the areas of the face where we want it to RECEDE.
Trick number one to contour well is knowing WHERE to contour.
- In general, we contour or shade the hollow areas under the cheekbones and the perimeter of the face, closest to the hairline and the jawbones.
- For myself, I also like to create an illusion of a deeper set of eyes, hence I contour the areas underneath the inner part of my eyebrows and underneath the eyes.
- I also like to create an illusion of a sharper and more pointed nose, hence I shade the areas alongside the bridge of my nose and a little underneath the tip of my nose.
Trick number two is choosing the RIGHT contouring shade for our skin tone. The general rule for this is not to choose brown shades with red undertone or orange undertone. Taupe shades with grey undertone is usually the best for shading and contouring. Please do NOT use bronzer to contour as it can appear unnatural.
My top three favourite contouring products are :
Too Cool for School ARTCLASS by Rodin (Shading) – This is a cult favourite for shading and contouring as this product creates the most natural looking finish, especially for Asian skintones. This product is not the most pigmented but because of that, it can be layered and it easily buildable. It is also very easy to blend and it doesn’t cling to any rough or dry patches. This product costs USD $24 or about AUD $32 for 9.5g or 0.33oz.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow (Light to Medium) – At first, I was skeptical about this product since most of Charlotte Tilbury’s products that I have tried before were hit-or-miss for me. But this product surprised me, in a good way! It comes in a beautiful packaging and sturdy compact case with a mirror inside. The net weight for this product is 0.56oz or 16g and costs USD $75 or AUD $97.
The brand described this product to be a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin. It can also be used as a bronzer and it is paraben-free.
The last contouring product on my favourite list is the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage Filter (number 40). This product is packaged beautifully and HUGE. It has contouring powder and highlighting powder in one compact. The texture of this product is buttery smooth and velvety. It is also pigmented and blendable. Light-handed application is recommended for this product as a little goes a long way. The net weight of the Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder is 2 x 9g or 2 x 0.31oz and it costs USD $49 or AUD $72.
Trick number three is to use LARGER and FLUFFIER blush or contour brush to blend the contouring powder or cream, to create a natural looking finish.
There we have it! Most of all, have fun experimenting and be patient in trying these tips out! Enjoy your day!