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How to contour a pear-shaped face?

Contrary to popular belief, contouring is not a one-and-done type of deal. You have to fit your contouring technique to your own individual features and your own preferences. On today’s menu: contouring a pear-shaped face.

What is a pear-shaped face?

A pear-shaped face is a face with a narrower forehead and a jawline that is usually wider and stronger. The ultimate goal with this face shape is to narrow down the lower half of the face, to make it look more oval and even.

Step 1: Foundation: Before or After contour?

Foundation can be the first or the last step in your base routine, depending on what type of contour, blush and highlight products you choose to use.

With cream-based contour products, you start with the contour and then blend foundation over it, creating a seamless and natural look.

If your prefer to use powder products, which work well with oily skin, apply cream foundation first and blend. Set with a thin layer of translucent powder and move on to your contour routine. Use products that are neutral or cool-toned to avoid the ultimately unattractive orange lines on your face.

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Step 2: Cheek & Jaw


A pear-shaped face usually means you have a “shorter” face with a small forehead. This essentially means that you can leave your forehead free of product, and start with the cheeks.

There are two simple ideas that come up when you’re contouring the cheeks - if you contour from your ear and towards your nose, you will shorten your face and lift the cheekbones. For a pear-shaped face, contouring from your ear and towards the corner of your lips is a much better option. It will elongate your face slightly and give you the most natural look you can get.


Pro-tip: For a subtle look, blend your contour in the direction towards your mouth, but keep most of the product concentrated from ear to mid-cheekbone. For more drama,simply pull the product more towards your mouth, and middle of your face.


A wider jawline and chin are typical of the pear-shaped face. To create a cohesive and well-blended natural look, apply a small amount of product right under your jawline and blend down your neck slightly. That way your face will look narrower, while blending down the neck will help you avoid the not-so-fancy “mask” look.


Pro-tip: Contouring can quickly transform into an over-the-top mess. If you build up the product instead of putting it all on at once and then vigorously blending, you can easily avoid this contour nightmare.

Step 3: Blush It Up!

Once you’ve applied and blended all your contours, go for blush. Pick a shade that compliments your complexion. Pink-based blushes work best on skin with yellow undertones, while orange-based blushes work well with blue undertones.
Apply the blush in the area between your contour (that is already there) and your highlight (which you apply last). Blend well and become a glowy goddess by adding some highlighter to the top of your cheekbones. Et voilà, you’re done.


Pro-tip: Finding the right blush is a process, so give yourself some time to try different shades in different types of lighting, and then decide.


Products list


  • Lancome La Base Pro
  • Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation in sand beige
  • Bourjoise Radiance Reveal cincealer in 02 beige
  • Kevin Aucoin countouring powder in medium
  • Misslyn Treat Me Sweet powder blush in Be My Flamingo Forever