If You’re Fair — When in Doubt, Go Gray
Repeat after us: I shall not contour with shimmery bronzer. Because your contour is supposed to look like a shadow, matte products with a gray undertone work well for most skin tones — simply choose one that’s two shades darker than your skin. While these gray contouring colors may look flat in the pan, they add dimension to the face in a natural way when applied under the cheekbones, along the sides of the nose and jawline. If you have deeper skin, you’ll want to avoid this tip all together, though, to ensure that your contour doesn’t appear dull or ashy.
Blush Is Absolutely Key to Making Your Contour Pop
Adding a pop of blush to the apples of the cheeks is a great way to add color and soften your overall contoured look. The easiest way to do this is to smile and apply blush where you see your cheek becomes the most round — that’s considered your apple. The Urban Decay Stay Naked Threesome Palette
will get the job done in no time and is one of our go-tos for adding color to the face.
Good Contour Brushes Are an Investment
Although this step has nothing to do with color selection, it’s important to mention. Using quality brushes that blend well is essential to contouring because blending is the most important part of the process. When working with powder, natural brushes are best as the hairs have cuticles that absorb and release powder easily and accurately. Apply your contouring powder onto the hollow of the cheeks and blend until you see definition, not streaks — we love the Lancôme Cheek and Contour Brush #25