Contouring might seem simple - you just do the cheeks, forehead, under the chin and you’re done, right? Well, not really. Contour is a technique that should be fitted to every individual face shape, so it’s a bit more complicated than that. But not too much!
Stick around to find out how to contour a diamond-shaped face.
What is a diamond-shaped face?
A diamond-shaped face is a face that is wider in the forehead area and narrower in the lower half of the face; ending with a pointed chin. Often, but not always, this face shape is also associated with more prominent and protruding cheek bones.
Step 1: Proper placement
Because a diamond-shaped face is longer, with a bigger forehead and a pointed chin, it is important to optically shorten the face and create balance.
Work with your favourite contour product and start with the cheeks. Place the product on the most protruding part of your cheekbones. Look straight forward into the mirror while doing this to get a better feel of what you’re doing. Draw the line from your ear towards your nose - that will lift your face and make it appear shorter. If you were to apply from ear to mouth, the effect would be opposite - an elongated face.
Next, we have to deal with the forehead. If you have a smaller forehead, apply contour only on the temples on the side of the forehead, which will elongate the face. That said, if you are a diamond, you are more likely to have a larger forehead. :)
Do the temples, but also do the top of your forehead. Make sure that you blend the product well into the hairline and make the blend as seamless as possible.
Pro-tip: It really helps to start your foundation/contour routine with a creamy contour product, which you first blend in well, then apply foundation over it. That will give you a more glowy and natural complexion.
Last, but not least, do your chin and jawline. Applying product at the bottom of your chin will shorten the face significantly, and, if blended right, will look like a natural shadow. Blend a smaller amount of product on your jawline to make your face rounder and softer. And remember to bring the product down your neck - the “foundation mask” really shouldn’t be a thing.
Pro-tip: If you have acne-prone skin, you want to use a full coverage concealer at this stage. Spot conceal and blend each spot with a finger or a sponge. Contour, then go over with foundation.
Step 2: Seamless base
Once you’ve blended the contour and the concealer, go over with a foundation. Since you’ve already spot-concealed, you can use a foundation with a lighter texture and medium (or light) coverage. That way your skin will still be able to breathe and you won’t have an unnecessary break-out to worry about.
Put some blush on your cheeks over your blended foundation and tap it in with your fingers. Use only a small amount of product to get that girly flushed look.
Step 3: Define with powder
With your base done, it’s time to set and add more definition. Set under the eyes first to prevent creasing, then apply a small amount over the rest of your face. Try to focus on the areas that tend to get shiny or oily throughout the day.
Once you’ve set, you can take a cool- or neutral-toned contour powder. Go over the areas where you applied the cream contour earlier and blend until you get that beautiful gradient. Needless to say, practice makes perfect even in this case.
To become a true shiny diamond, add a cheek bone highlight. For a more intense Christmassy look, apply a cream highlighter first, then go over with a pigmented shimmery powder product. (Psst, you can use gold eyeshadow as highlighter.)
- Dermacolor camouflage mini palette 18
- Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks in pale pink 11
- Ben Nye Media Pro SK-3 shadow wheel
- L'Oreal True Match in golden beige
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