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

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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.

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