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How To Contour For Your Face Shape

How To Contour For Your Face Shape

Each curve, line, and feature builds an intricate labyrinth of light and shadow in the surreal realm of the human face. Navigating this maze, contouring emerges as a transformative magic, wielding the power to accentuate, soften, enhance, or even seemingly restructure the architecture of our faces. Each visage is a unique terrain, with no one-size-fits-all map to guide the voyage of your makeup brush. Instead, the journey towards the ideal contour is shaped by the unique landscape of your face. We delve into the delicate artistry of contouring, tailored precisely to your face shape. Be prepared to reimagine your features, understand their geometry, and trace the paths of light and shadow that best complement your natural topography. Contouring is more than makeup; it’s a form of self-expression, a dialogue between your identity and the world. Are you ready to shape your narrative?

Identify Your Face Shape

Contouring techniques can vary according to your face shape whether it is round, long or oval, and so it is essential to identify before application. Follow the guide below.

How To Contour For Your Face Shape


If the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all nearly the same soften the edges by contouring along the perimeter of the face.


You have a round-shaped face if the width and length are equal and have gentle, rounded corners. An angular shape can be created by contouring the sides of the forehead, along with the temples, below the cheekbones and on the jawline.


The forehead is larger than the jawline, the face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones and the angle of your jaw is rounded. Focus on contouring facial features such as slimming down a wide nose.


The forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size, but the face length is the largest. The illusion of a shorter shape can be created by applying contour along the forehead and jawline.


The forehead is the widest part of the face; the chin is pointed and there may be a widow’s peak at the hairline. Contour the bottom half of the face to soften the shape of the chin.


A pointed chin and high cheekbones, with a narrower hairline than that of a heart-shaped face. Contour the sides and centre of their forehead to make it appear longer.

How To Contour For Your Face Shape

Remember that contouring is not a mandate but a choice, not a dictation but an exploration. It’s about embracing the multi-dimensional canvas that is your face and understanding the dance of light and shadow that suits your features best.

Contouring for your specific face shape is about accentuating what you love, balancing what you desire, and celebrating your natural beauty. Whether your face sings the song of ovals, rounds, squares, hearts, or rectangles, a contouring symphony can orchestrate it into harmony.

While it’s important to know your face shape and the best contouring techniques, there are no strict rules in the beauty world. Your face is your canvas, and you are its artist. So don’t be afraid to experiment and deviate from the ‘standard’ techniques – maybe you’ll discover a new method that flatters your features even more!

The art of contouring constantly evolves like the journey of personal beauty. What works today might change tomorrow. And that’s the beauty of it – the constant evolution, exploration, and experimentation. It’s the process that moulds you, not just in how you look but also in how you perceive yourself and others. So, take the brush, let your creativity flow, and always remember: your face, your rules.

Main Photo,  Siriano – Imaxtree

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