Whether you’re trying to change the appearance of your facial structure or intensify your features, contouring is an interesting technique that can be used to do so. Contouring has a long history dating to the 16th century when Victorian actors applied chalk to their faces in varied colors so the audience would be able to read their facial expressions from afar. With the discovery of electricity the chalk was abandoned for a lighter version, a mixture of starch and pure pigments which led to later makeup formulations. Drag queens have long used this method time and time again to have a dramatic impact and to be able to transform their look into flawless divas. From Ru Paul to Lady Gaga to the Kardashians contouring is here to stay. Its usually done under airbrush or HD makeup to further accentuate or minimize certain facial features.
There are many different products on the market consisting of creams, liquids, and powders.. Using a darker shade in areas like the nose, under the chin and cheekbone, and on top of the forehead can create an allusion of shadow which ultimately helps slim the face.
Contouring is not just for a special occasion, however. Soft contour can enhance your bone structure and make your everyday makeup look more natural. If creams are a little intimidating, you can start with a pigmented bronzer. Highlighter with a shimmer finish can be added to the top of the check bones, inner corner of the eyes, the tip of the nose, and the center of the chin to give your face the ultimate dewy look.