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.

What is contouring?


Besides being very time-consuming, it also takes many tools that your average person 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.

What is contouring?

It’s not that the kids are expensive. This one I am showing you cost 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. If you plan on contouring, it might take you well over an hour just to do your makeup.

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.



What is contouring?

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 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 long time to learn how to do makeup contouring correctly. 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; the only way to know that is to practice.

What is contouring?

What is 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.

What is contouring?

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 didn’t make them look fabulous (if it’s done right).

Simply put, makeup contouring is the art of shaping and enhancing features using different shades of makeup, which can drastically transform one’s appearance. Despite seeming simple based on online tutorials, it can be quite challenging, particularly for beginners. It requires an array of specific tools and makeup products, not to mention a significant amount of time to apply. Furthermore, mastering contouring involves understanding the impact of different lighting types and learning a new language of makeup terms. Although it may be frustrating to learn, the results can be truly rewarding with patience, practice, and the right tools.


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Jacee Rae
I am the resident health and beauty expert. Okay, I'm not so much an #expert as I am totally in love with all things makeup, but that's close enough, right? :)

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