How to Choose Shades for Contouring

Hi ladies,

What started as a fad has now garnered a permanent position in the hearts of makeup lovers. Contouring is not rocket science but you still need some practice to master this skill. First of all, you need that perfect shade to contour your face. If you are still unsure about how to choose that perfect shade then keep on reading.

If You Have Fair/Light Skin

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• Fair and light-skinned ladies should stay away from anything too brown or too orange for their skin as they will look unnatural. Go for contouring colors that are barely darker than your skin color.
• Go for cool-toned or taupe colored products to look more natural.
• Also, don’t go in too heavy or harsh with your contour, as it can easily appear too obvious or blotchy.

If You Have Medium/Tanned Skin

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• Medium and tanned skin tones have more options in the shade selection process.
• Look for contouring shades that are golden/orange for olive skin tones and golden/tan for warm and cool skin tones.
• As I told you before, medium skin tones have myriad of options, so it is best to go testing different shades for contouring to buy your perfect shade.
• Also, a shade that is 1-2 tones darker than your base shade should be ideal for contouring.

If You Have Dark/Deep Skin

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• For dark and deep skin tones, the process is reversed as you’re not working with the darkness in your skin, but adding highlighter to sculpt the face instead!
• You can just add a sheen on the bridge of nose, cheekbones, and chin to sculpt the face and dust a bit of powder on top of the highlighter to tone down the shine.
• If you have a darker skin tone, it’s important to look for a more neutral contour shade that is in between warm and cool so that it doesn’t wash out your complexion.

Some More Tips:

• Pick the Texture

It totally depends on your skin type. Dry skinned beauties might prefer cream-based contouring while oily skinned beauties might like to go for powder-based products. If you are a beginner in the world of contouring then I would suggest going for powder-based products as you will have more control as compared to cream-based products.

• Say No to Shimmer

Contouring is supposed to enhance the contours of your face and is supposed to not look made up at all. For this, say not to chunky shimmers in your contouring products. Go for products that provide a matte finish as they will last longer and would look more natural.

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• Blush it Up in the End

If you are contouring your face then it becomes a must to use a blush on the apples of your cheeks too as it will make the whole look more natural and a blush will also soften it.

• Buy Good Makeup Brushes

Using the dedicated makeup brush for contouring is like half the battle won! Good tools are a must if you want to achieve that flawless looking face with perfect contouring so investing in quality makeup brushes is a must.

• Test the Shades Well

Always try different shades in the natural light before purchasing your perfect shade. This will ensure your contouring shades are on point and will blend well and look natural on your skin.

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