Contouring Like a Pro From Start to Finish

Contouring from start to finish! Image credit


Contouring is one of my favorite skills; you can create any look you desire. In essence, you’re painting with makeup, and your face is the canvas.

There are basics to the art of Contouring that are not only easy to learn, but will provide the framework for more creative application later on. Here’s a breakdown of how to Contour like a Pro from start to finish:

1. Color Correct

You want to hide or “correct” any dark spots or undereye dark circles with color correcting concealers and or powders right off the bat. It’s important to do this first thing, because if you put regular foundation and concealer on and then color correcting formulas, it’s going to look muddy and dull.


You can apply as many different corrector shades as you need. I know people who use every single color offered on their face at the same time. They may use peach underneath their eyes, purple on their lids and green on their cheeks and blend them together.

If you’re not sure what type of color correction works best for you ( and trust me, we all could use at the very least, one color correcting product somewhere on our face regardless of age, skin tone or skin type ), then go with a palette to begin with. City Color Color Correcting Powders 4 Piece Gift Set, Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Kit and Wet ‘N Wild Coverall Correcting Palette  are all good quality palettes which are also budget friendly.

2. Foundation

Apply your favorite foundation ( I personally love Wet ‘N Wild’s Photofocus Foundation ). You want to make sure to dab it over the areas you’ve color corrected and be sure to blend. I love using the Original Beauty Blender to blend my foundation in with my color correcting concealers. It seems to really give me a flawless and airbrushed finish.


3. Concealer

Now is the time to use your flesh-toned concealer. This is going to help brighten up your under eye area even more, as well as any other areas you want to brighten or add extra highlight to. Sometimes I use my concealer to lighten up areas where I’m going to highlight with powders later on.


4. Contouring

Finally, right? I personally like to do my Conturing first, because my brain can see where to place the highlight more clearly if I’ve got defined contour ( or shadow areas ).

Key tips to remember: your Contour products should be ideally two shades darker than your foundation and your highlighter two shades lighter.

Generally, contour should be placed underneath the cheekbones, around the hair line, down the sides of the nose, and along the jaw line. Again be sure to blend when you’re done. You can use a beauty sponge or a brush.

5. Highlight

Highlighter should be placed on the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, on top of the cheekbones ( but not too close to the eyes ), and on the top of the cupid’s bow. You can also add some highlight to your brow bones or in the inner corner of eyes for some extra shine.

Personally, I prefer a brush for my highlighting powders. A fan brush works very nicely also because you can get a very loose, very subtle shimmer. If you want a more pronounced look, a nice stipple brush will definitely do the trick.

6. Lock it Down

Use your favorite setting powder and or setting spray to complete your look. I love Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. It really lives up to the hype and it’s worth every single penny.

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Kat Dickerson
loves blogging about beauty and skincare.
Kat Dickerson

Kat Dickerson

loves blogging about beauty and skincare.

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