How to Contour With Creams, Powders, Brushes and SpongesFebruary 28, 2022
Contouring With PowderWhen contouring with powder, the general rule is to choose a shade that’s two shades darker than your natural skin color. Using a matte bronzer — like the NYX Professional Makeup 3 Steps to Sculpt Face Sculpting Palette or the Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt Bronzer — will typically give you the best results. To sculpt, lightly pack the product onto a contour brush or an angled blush brush and gently buff it into the hollows of your cheeks, forehead, jawline and nose.
Contouring With a CreamSome people find cream contouring products easier to blend and achieve a natural look because they tend to melt into the skin. Similar to contouring with powder, you should choose a shade or two darker than your natural skin. For the most control during application, try a contouring stick like the Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick, which features both a contour and a highlighter shade. Simply apply the product where you’d like to contour and blend it out with a beauty sponge or brush.
Contouring With Eyeshadow
If you don’t have a powder or cream contour on hand, you can use eyeshadow in a pinch, too. Try a matte brown or taupe shadow, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow in Tease for contouring.
Contouring Application Tools
Aside from choosing the right product, your blending technique is key to achieving a perfectly sculpted look. Whether you use a brush or a sponge, you can achieve that flawless finish you’re striving for.