Contouring is one of the oldest practices in the makeup industry. Yet contouring is one of the most frequently left-out steps in makeup applications. Contouring creates a sense of balance, adding definition to your makeup with color. Contrary to belief, contouring is always some shade of brown. Never use shades of makeup such as pink, plum etc. Use a shade that is similar to your skin tone, when it is tan, when contouring.
Contouring common problem areas:
To contour Forehead: If you have a wide forehead, apply a light bronzer to each temple and blend. This will create a shadow effect causing the head to look more rounded.

To contour Chin: For a small, thin chin, apply highlighter to the center of the chin, directly under the center of the lip. To minimize a double chin, apply bronzer  along the jaw line and blend it down, towards your neck. This creates depth and helps to strengthen the jaw line.
You should always apply contouring color on your neck to your shirt line to avoid a "mask" look.

To contour Eyes: Used at the back corner of the eye going upward toward the temple.

To contour Lips: To slim full lips, apply a deep shade of lip color to the entire lip. If you want to plump up thin lips, you can apply a light lip color with shimmer or gloss. Then apply highlighter between the peaks of the upper lip and below the center of the lower lip. This makes thin lips look full and gives a pouty appearance.
Contouring with makeup is usually applied on the temple area, nose, eyes, and chin areas. You can use a cream or liquid contouring makeup product, however powder or mineral powders give a smooth, satin finish and are easiler to blend. Our favorite highlighting and contouring kit is It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette at beauty.com. This kit includes everything you need for contouring!
Highlighting works with contouring. For example, when you contour your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area.
Here's what they say: My Sculpted Face teaches you step by step how to contour features of your face for the appearance of a slimmer look, a straighter nose, slender cheeks, more prominent cheekbones and even the appearance of a reduced double chin!

The palette comes with 4 contouring shades designed to match all skin tones, 2 highlighting shades in both shimmer and matte and a full color chart .
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To contour Nose: To slim your nose you would apply the contouring shade on each side of your nose, blending carefully, and the highlighter down the center of your nose.

To contour Cheekbones: To enhance the cheekbones, suck in your cheeks, apply a darker shade to the hollows and a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. Then apply blush as normal. Don't over due it!
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