Creating a definite shape to the face doesn’t require plastic surgery, but it does require a good understanding of how to use contour makeup. For most people, the look should be subtle and natural for daywear, with just a bit of added dramatic touches for the perfect evening look.

Often the goal of contouring is to simply enhance the natural shape of the face, or to accentual specific areas through the use of lighter and darker makeup. The key element is to find the basic color that is right for your skin tone, and then to learn the basic techniques of applying contour makeup without too heavy or too light of a hand.

The Benefit of Cream

There are lots of different options in makeups for contouring from powders to liquids. However, for best control and easiest applications, the cream contour palette provides the correct colors to use with each other to create the desired look.

These makeup options are easy to blend and apply and are less likely to result in the blotching and streaking that is common with other types of makeup. Cream makeup is also smoother and more natural to use, lightly adhering to the skin without becoming flaky or heavy when correctly applied.

Start Light

Apply a foundation or a base from the cream contour palette in a shade that is the same as your natural skin tone. Remember, you will be applying to the neck and face, so choose the shade that is closest to your lightest skin tone.

Then, using a slightly darker shade, begin adding a slight amount of color by blending in darker colors to increase the depth of the temples and to highlight the jaw and the cheekbones. This is not the same as applying rouge, and it is meant to create a shape to the face, not to create color.

Add to the Look

By selecting a cream contour palette offers a range of different colors, you can then choose those that look best on your skin. Remember, the darker colors are used to create a sense of hollows or depth, and the lighter colors will bring that area of the face up and out.

The key is to work with the natural shape of the face for the most authentic look. By using the lighter and darker options in the palette you can give your face the shape you require without any obvious use of makeup that can be waxy or artificial looking.