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DIY contouring: what to consider to do it really well


C.ontouring do it yourself? Absolutely yes! The products, the tips and the secrets to make a perfect make-up and make no mistake

Define the features, harmonize the facial features e minimize imperfections: it’s not magic, but contouring. The makeup technique launched by Kim Kardashian has now become a cult and everyone would like to try it.

At first glance it looks like a feat that could only accomplish one professional make up artist, actually DIY contouring exists and it’s not even that complicated! Just use the right products, stand in front of the mirror with the brush in hand and arm yourself with patience.

An amazing technique

Through a wise man play of chiaroscuro, contouring allows you to define facial features and create new volumes. Among the trends of Instagram, beloved by celebrities (see Kim Kardashian) and on all magazines, this technique actually has ancient origins. In fact, it dates back to the era of the Victorian theater when the actors cleared their faces to allow spectators to better read their expressions. Over time this technique has evolved, becoming a fashion and an indispensable tool for stars intent on facing interviews, shooting and red carpets.

Because it is important

When you put on your makeup what’s the first thing you do? Apply BB cream or foundation. You don’t know, but by making the skin tone uniform you make the face lose its three-dimensionality. Contouring does just that – it uses colors that are darker or lighter than the normal complexion, highlighting some details and hiding others. The principle to follow is one: light colors enlarge and dark ones minimize defects. The play of nuances allows you to create optical illusions to harmonize the features.

The products to put in beauty

What are the right products to create a DIY contouring? The list is not long, but they must be chosen carefully and considering some details.

  • Foundation you always use
  • Two tone lighter foundation
  • Two tone darker foundation
  • Land
  • Peach blush
  • Brushes

How to make it

For your contouring you will not need many products, but you will have to arm yourself with great patience and focus on your dexterity. Take your time: a quick job would risk giving you back a grotesque mask. Let’s find out all the steps!

Choose your foundation

The right foundation for contouring has a very natural color that does not differ from that of your complexion. To your foundation (the one you use every day) add one that is two tones lighter and one instead of two tones darker. Focus on cream products for a better result.

Prepare the skin

Before starting, prepare the skin. Take off your make-up carefully, wash your face and pat it dry with a towel. Apply the moisturizer and wait a few minutes before starting.

Create the base

At this point it creates a homogeneous and neutral base with the your usual foundation. Try not to create a too excessive detachment with the neck, opting for a texture that is not too opaque and that also goes to moisturize.

Apply the light foundation

Once you’ve figured out which areas of your face to light up, apply the lighter foundation. Put one small amount of product in the center of the forehead, then along the top line of the eyebrows, on the cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose, on the cupid’s bow and in the center of the chin. If you have doubts you can use a clear concealer or an eyeshadow, remember not to choose formulations with glitter.

Apply dark foundation

After creating the highlights, it is time to identify the areas of the face to be darkened. Choose the traits you want to minimize according to your face. Usually the area under the hairline, the sides of the nose, the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and the sides of the jaw should be darkened. If you don’t want to use foundation, try the bronzer, but always aiming for a natural shade.

Use the highlighter

To highlight the cheekbones, use an illuminating product in cream or powder. This advice is especially valid in winter when the skin tone becomes duller and duller.

Try the earth

To minimize imperfections, use a matte bronzer that is two tones darker than the natural complexion. A little tip: to avoid the “orange mask” effect always choose the color of your product in natural light.

Blends well

The secret to perfect DIY contouring is to blend the products very well. In this way you can reduce the gap between the darkened and the illuminated areas, softening the intensity of the colors. Finish with a peach blush for a healthy, natural look.