Using darker shades of concealer or foundation to create dimension and a more defined facial structure — had long been employed by makeup artists, but five years ago, the technique went mainstream, and was soon followed by the rise of the complementary practices of strobing (applying light, often shimmery shades on the higher planes of the face) and baking (applying a thick coat of powder on the cheeks to set makeup and neutralize harsh angles).
Known as “heavy contouring”
Oval face. Contour at the edge of the hairline and below your cheekbones from the ears to half way through your cheeks. Highlight below your eyes, the centre of the forehead and the centre of your chin.
Make your round face seem thin
Square or round face: soften this face shape with lighter tones on the roots and ends, creating a shadow effect on the sides of your face.
If your face is heart shaped, focus on contouring the edges of your face, the lower parts of your cheeks and the upper corners of your forehead. Light your temples, the area below the eyes and the centre of your forehead.
Diamond face. Highlight just below your cheekbones up to halfway across the cheek. Use luminizer below the eyes in an inverted triangle on the brow bone and at the centre of the forehead and chin.
Rectangle face. Contour the edges of the forehead, close to the forehead, hairline, under the jaw and below the cheekbones. Highlight below the eyes in an inverted triangle, on the brow bone and at the centre of the chin.
Contouring for caramel/brown Skin
Hair contouring involves placing hair colour using freehand painting or structured highlights around the face to accentuate or play down facial features.
Once you have mastered the contouring technique, you can move on to the next level: eye contouring. Although it sounds like something new, it is actually a classic key technique that is based on giving light, shape, volume and drama to the eyes.