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Here's How to Correctly Contour According to Your Face Shape
Has your contouring ever gone awfully wrong and made your face look deformed instead of structured? That's what happens when you don't contour according to your face shape! Here's how to do it right.

Contouring can either make you look like a queen bee or can rule out your chances of ever being a diva!

Contouring is just a few strokes of makeup brushes, yet is one of the most confusing beauty techniques of all time. Spending our entire time watching makeup tutorials by different makeup regents, we still end up making a mess.

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It’s a great way to accentuate our sharp features or maybe just fake the ones we don’t have. What’s the harm in wanting to resemble a Greek goddess, right?

The key to it is to know your face shape and contour accordingly, because every face shape is unique with varying application techniques.

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Most people aren’t even aware of their face shapes and therefore ruin their contour. But you don’t need to worry about it anymore. We’ve got it all covered!

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Here is how to contour your face according to your face shape!

Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez
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(Image source: Instagram/ Selena Gomez)

How to define your face shape?

A round face shape is defined by prominent, rounded cheeks, and equal width and length of the face. These faces have no obvious points along the jawline, chin or forehead.

How to contour?

Bronzer – To slim down the sides of the forehead, the contour is done. It is then continued down to the middle of the cheeks. Then, it is lowered down to the jawline to give a length to the face, blending it out in a ‘3’ shape.

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Our favorite is the e.l.f Contour Palette, which has four versatile, beautifully pigmented colors best to mix and match. Become a Greek goddess in just $5.99!

Highlighter – The highlight is done in the middle of the forehead and the chin to give the illusion of an elongated face. The under eyes are also done in an upside-down triangle shape.

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Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez
(Image source: Instagram/ Jennifer Lopez)

How to define your face shape?

People with a diamond face have narrow foreheads and jawlines with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.

How to contour?

Bronzer – To get a sharp contour, the bronzing is done below the cheek bones, starting at the ears and ending in the middle of the cheeks. Watch out! The contour shouldn’t go near the mouth or it’ll create the opposite effect.

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Highlighter – This highlight is done in the same way as with other face shapes. You can get the best, yet afforable glow through Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick Highlighter in $6.74. Let the shine do the talking for you!

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Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton
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How to define your face shape?

With an oval face shape, the forehead is usually slightly wider than the chin and jaw, and length of the face is about one and a half times the width.

How to contour?

Bronzer – To give an illusion of a smaller forehead, start off with the hairline and drag it down to the cheeks. To define that contour, start at the ears and end in the middle of the cheek bones.

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To achieve results like the Duchess, you can use the N.Y.X Wonder Stick. It is a two-sided contouring and highlighting stick. You can get this easy 2-step makeup magic wand in $12.

Highlighter – Make an oval face glow by creating an upside down triangle shape under the eyes.

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Olivia Wilde
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Olivia Wilde
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How to define your face shape?

Square-face-shaped people have prominent jaws and a square chin, with foreheads and jawline of roughly the same width.

How to contour?

Bronzer – The contour is done around the sides of the forehead and temples to slim down that area, and also along the hairline to create an illusion of a slimmer forehead. It is also done below the cheek bones, starting at the ears and ending in the middle of the cheeks. Also bronze a little under the jawbone to slim down that area.

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You can brush these stokes of magic through the Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight Contour Palette in $21.99.

Highlighter – The highlight is done in the same way as with a round face, i.e. in the middle of the chin and the forehead, and under the eyes in an upside-down triangle shape.

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Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon
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How to define your face shape?

Heart face shapes have a wide forehead and cheekbones, with a narrow jawline and chin.

How to contour?

Bronzer – The contour is done along the sides of the forehead and temples to balance out the wider upper half of the face with the lower one. It is also done on the lower chin to bring up the point.

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Highlighter – To accentuate your good features, use the e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in $7.99. It is subtle, well pigmented, and balanced out to contour strokes in the best way!


It’s time to gear up and bring your A-game to the table – so evaluate your face shape now and up your contouring game today.


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