Have you ever wanted to know how to give your face that sculpted, “Kardashian-esque” shape? Every day while scrolling through our instagram accounts or flipping through magazines we see beautiful models that look perfectly airbrushed with high check bones and narrow faces. Now as we all know, not everyone is born with the same beautiful face shape. This leaves us with the question- how do they do it? The answer is contouring!

Contouring is when you use a matte toned product that is two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas that you would like to define or reshape.  For example this could be used to slim out your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones. It comes in forms of powder, cream, or pencil.


When contouring, you must start with a clean moisturized face. Then with your foundation that is two shades darker than your skin tone, find the hollow part of your cheeks (under the apples of the cheeks) and draw a line under them. Then for the nose, you can put two lines going vertically around the center of the nose to elongate the nose. You can also trace the temples and carry straight into the hairline to minimize a large forehead. After you are done mapping your face, then it is time to blend your lines. It is recommended to take a damp Beauty Blender and tap over the areas that have been contoured so that the lines blur into your face, giving you a more natural finish. After that, you can put a lighter shade of foundation on the rest of your face to cover up any imperfections. The final step is to put some translucent powder over your whole face to seal everything in and give you a finished, put together look. After you have completed all of these steps you will have that desired, trendy make up look. Then you will see how big of a difference contouring makes in so little time, and think “no wonder this is so popular nowadays!” After all of the time and effort that goes into contouring, you are sure to rack up the likes with you perfect selfie for instagram!