Contouring: de-coding the trends and fads
Sculpting the face with makeup has been trending for long, but new techniques and tricks keep making their way to the exhaustive list. Here’s a look
It doesn’t matter if you have a well-rounded face with just a hint of jawline or a chiselled heart-shaped face, because the power of makeup has the ability to transform. Contouring is perhaps the biggest example of makeup-aided makeover, and the technique has now become a favourite among beauty lovers world over. Log on to YouTube or Instagram accounts dedicated to makeup, and you’ll find many innovative ways to contour.
What is contouring?
It’s a technique that’s used to highlight and hide certain portions of the face. By using the power of concealing, casting shadows and highighting, all with the help of makeup, the face ends up looking more sculpted.
How does one do it?
Basic contouring includes the use of a colour two shades darker than your skin tone, and a colour two shades lighter. This colour could be in the form of a base compact, mineral powder or liquid makeup. While the hollows of the cheek, the edges of the jaw and the vertical edges of the nose have to be treated with the darker colour, the lighter hue goes on to the apples of your cheeks, bridge of the nose, the chin and cupid’s bow on your upper lip. Here’s a look at the new contouring fads and tricks.