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Beginner’s Guide to Contouring

Ways to Get Perfect Skin

Contouring can sound extreme and even a little nerve-wracking to learn to do yourself. But it can actually be really simple too achieve and can give you an amazing new look! Contouring is just a simple way to enhance your natural cheekbones and give yourself a look of sun-kissed skin. Here are some easy ways to try contouring:

  1. All you need is the right color bronzer. Look for a bronzer that is two shades darker than your natural skin color. You’ll want to look natural and not orange. If you’re unsure of what bronzer color or type to use, ask a makeup artist or specialist at a makeup store. If you really want to define your cheekbones, jawline and nose, use a liquid bronzer. If you want a more natural contouring look, choose a powder. Bronzer is all you need for a great contouring look.
  2. Get the correct tools for contouring. If you use a liquid bronzer, use a blending sponge. If you use a powder bronzer, use an angled or flat brush. Practice layering powder bronzer over liquid bronzer for a really polished look. It may take a lot of practice, but you’ll find your perfect contouring look if you’re patient.
  3. Now that you have the perfect bronzer and tools for you, you’re ready to begin contouring! Sweep the bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face. Think your nose, your forehead, cheekbones and your jawline. Use light, sweeping strokes and blend naturally. Start from your hairline and sweep toward your cheeks. Remember, less is more! Once you’re happy with your look, remember to blend. Blend some into your neck from your jawline so the color looks natural. If your hair is up, remember to sweep some on the back of your neck too. Remember, the more natural your makeup looks, the better. You want to look like you naturally got kissed by the sun, not that you’re caking on bronzer.
  4. Remember to use a sweeping motion instead of a circular motion, especially on the cheeks. Also, don’t sweep any bronzer too close to your eyes or it will make them appear smaller than they are.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing