How To Contour Your Face - Contouring Makeup Tips - Maybelline

How to Contour Your Face

We all hear so much about the sculpting, enhancing, all-around transformative magic of contouring. Celebrities swear by it, Instagram stars don't leave home without it. But how many people out there know how to actually do it—and why? Don't be intimidated! Makeup artist Alexis Oakley shows us how to contour and highlight the whole face just by using two shades of Maybelline concealer. Let's break it all down.

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CONTOUR WITH ALEXIS OAKLEY

Watch Alexis contour her full face with two shades of Instant Eraser with this easy tutorial!

  1. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 1: CREATE A FOUNDATION BASE

    Apply foundation all over your face to create a natural looking but seamless "canvas" for the contour.

  2. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 2: APPLY CONCEALER TO TOPS OF CHEEKBONES

    Start with the darker concealer shade at the top of your cheekbone and draw a line right to the apple of your cheek. Tip: Always apply your darker contour shade first and your highlighter/concealer shade second. It will give a more "lifted" and awake effect.

  3. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 3: DEFINE YOUR JAWLINE

    Using that same concealer shade, draw a line along the jawline, starting from the top of your ear.

  4. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 4: ADD DIMENSION TO THE FOREHEAD

    Add depth and dimension to the forehead by outlining the forehead along the hairline, and connecting that line to the cheekbone. For an extra bronzed look, add a bit more color to the temples.

  5. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 5: BLEND

    Blend all of the contour lines into your skin with a beauty blender, making sure you PAT in color, as opposed to swiping it, to keep that opacity!

  6. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 6: SHARPEN THE JAWLINE EVEN MORE

    To make your jawline look extra sharp, apply a little extra contour under the chin and jawline. Draw a line right below the center of the chin and down the neck. Then, blend!

  7. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 7: DEFINE YOUR NOSE

    Gently define the nose by drawing a line of contour on both sides, going all the way from the top of the bridge, close to the brow, down the tip. Gently pat in color with a beauty blender.

  8. HOW TO CONTOUR STEP 8: HIGHLIGHT & BRIGHTEN

    Now use a lighter concealer shade to conceal dark circles and brighten the face. Add "lift" by drawing slightly upward tilted lines at the ends of the eyes, in between brows, down the bridge of the nose, and along the mid cheek. Add a pop of brightness on the outer corners of the nose, and a dot on the center chin. Then, blend!

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