What is contouring?

What is contouring?

What is contouring? Well …. makeup contouring means using different shades of makeup on different parts of your face to mold it into exactly what you want it to be. Sure this may sound totally easy to do and at first glance, it actually does look easy to do, especially based on the tutorials you can find online, but really it’s not. It can go wrong so fast, especially if you aren’t a professional makeup artist.


Besides being very time consuming, it also takes a lot of tools that your average person just doesn’t have access to. You have to buy certain kinds of makeup as well as certain kinds of brushes.


Companies have started to sell special kits. Just look at how many things you need just to get started. This isn’t even a “pro” kit. It is just the very basics.


It’s not that the kids are expensive. This one I am showing you costs less than $10 but the point is, you still have to have a lot of different things to contour your face. It’s not like the average person can wake up one day and be like, oh I think today I want to contour my face. If only it were that simple.

The next thing to keep in mind is that it takes a lot of work. No, I don’t mean ten minutes or even thirty. It might take you well over an hour just to do your makeup if you plan on contouring.

I’m going to show you a picture that may shock you. But I want you to really see for yourself just how much of a DRASTIC difference contouring can make.

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The photo on the left was taken of Kylie Jenner on the 21st of September, 2015. She looks like a normal teenage girl, right? The picture on the right was taken the week before on the 13th of September. The difference isn’t plastic surgery … it’s makeup. Really really really good makeup. She has contoured her face, over-lined her lips, and has on her hair extensions. They barely look like the same person but in fact, they are. Yes, Kylie Jenner had lip injections, but she has them in the photo from 9/21 too. The real DRASTIC difference is with her full makeup on.

So now you can see what a drastic difference makeup contouring can make to a person’s looks.

It can take a really long time to learn how to do makeup contouring right. It can be confusing, frustrating, and make even the most sane person scream and shout. It’s not easy to learn. Everyone has different tips and tricks and things they swear by. in the end however you just have to do what works best for you and the only way to know that is to practice.


What is makeup contouring?

Of course, just when you think you have it down you find out that there are different types of lighting for different types of contouring. This was a lesson the three below learned the hard way.


It’s like taking a foreign language class. You have to learn all new words. Only let’s be honest … it might be easier to learn Spanish or French than to try and learn all these new makeup terms. I admit it can be frustrating.

But if you stick with it, and practice a lot, you will love it. I’ve never met a person who it didn’t make them look fabulous (if it’s done right).

What is contouring?

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