The Art of contouring:Break down of How to contour your precious face!

Now I’m sure you have all heard over and over again that it is absolutely essential to apply primer before any type of makeup, it helps the makeup stay on your longer and keeps it looking fresssh! Primer helps your foundation stays on top of your skin instead of seeping your pores. This is a step you do not want to skip when you want a nicely contoured and highlighted face.

Next you want to apply foundation that matches your skin. Makeup artists recommend you have the lightest version of you and the darkest version of you so that you can make a mix that will always match. Blend your foundation thoroughly, avoiding the mask face and blotchy skin.

Below are some diagram that can give a visualization of how the contouring process goes down. Remember the art of contouring is all about creating illusions.


Contour= darker color, so this where your bronzer or dark face powder goes according. If you do not want a full contoured face, then you can apply the highlighter( concealer, highlighter, lighter face powder) or contour in specific places.


This is a visual for those of us who wish to go H.A.M when we contour. This look is more for special occasions or events. This may work better for night or evening settings.

This diagram shows where everything goes and kind of why it goes there.

(From the first pic in the first row going horizontally)

1.Apply a bronzer to the apples of your cheeks and highlighter on the hollows ( fish face cheeks) for a narrow face and more defined cheeks.

2. To slightly diminish the double shin, apply bronzer just on and below the jawline and a little towards the neck.

3. Highlighter, when placed from the tip of the chin going outwards in a shape of small triangle.

4. For a small and narrower nose, apply bronzer to the side of your nose and just between your eyes where your nose starts.

5. For the illusion of smaller nostrils, apply a highlighter to the small top of your nostrils.

Hope you found this helpful. Let me know what you think below or share some more tips you may have!

– xx Miss Tabitha M



6 thoughts on “The Art of contouring:Break down of How to contour your precious face!

  1. Thanks for this! I haven’t really experimented with bronzer or highlighter, but I’ve been meaning to pick some up next time I am at Sephora. Any recommended brands? I really like that you included a lot of visuals because it’s so much easier for me to just look at the picture then try to figure where to apply the product from a paragraph of text. I’m going to bookmark this for when I pick up some bronzer. Very helpful post. 🙂

  2. If you’re starting out, I would recommend going to the drugstore first and if you don’t find what you want move on to higher end stores. The Rimmel and NYC cosmetics bronzers work extremely well and are both under $5. For highlighters, I have not been able to find any superb ones in the drugstore so I do not want to misguide you. (but.. try the elf one, it a dollar so you don’t really lose anything and it does the job). Some higher end ones that I have found pleasurable are the Clinique ones, Moon Beam from Benefit, Sephora light touch. So glad you found this helpful! This just made my day haha. xx

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