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How To Contour According To Your Face Shape; Detailed Guide

Every face shape needs a different contouring technique. Here’s everything you need to know for your face type! 
Published -16 Feb 2022, 08:00 ISTUpdated -15 Feb 2022, 17:52 IST
  • Mahima Girotra
  • Editorial
  • Published -16 Feb 2022, 08:00 ISTUpdated -15 Feb 2022, 17:52 IST
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Beauty, being a form of art, is always on the display. We see beauty being represented by every living individual in various forms. For many, it comes with colourful representations of makeup. 

Makeup has been an essential item in our travel bags for every trip we all have planned for far. There has never been a day we have stepped out without a stroke of eyeliner or a dab of that compact. Contouring, being an extremely viral beauty trend, has caught up to being an essential beauty standard and there have been rules that have associated themselves with it like your face shape. 

Determining Your Face Type 

The first step to contouring or rather any makeup technique is to first determine your face type. There are about 5 face types we go by; oval, heart, round, square and triangle. What is your face type? 

If you have a problem determining your face type, we have a solution for that too! 

Oval Face Type 

Long, oblong, oval, and rectangle faces are longer than their width. 

Heart Face Type 

Got a wide forehead and cheekbones and a narrow jawline? You have a heart-shaped face. 

Round Face Type 

If your face appears round with a curved jawline and almost the same length and width, then you have a round face shape. 

Square Face Type 

A square face shape has a forehead, jawline, and cheekbones of the same width. 

Triangle Face Type 

A face structure with striking cheekbones and a sharp jawline is considered to be a triangular face shape type. 

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How To Contour Your Face Shape 

Contouring is a work of art for every makeup enthusiast out there. This technique should be done according to your face type to avoid any unnatural-looking photographs. All you will require is a bronzer and a brush or a beauty blender to blend in the product into your skin. Don't forget to blend in all the harsh lines. 

Contouring An Oval Face  

Highlight under your eyes to make cheekbones really pop. Highlight your chin and forehead to bring these areas into focus.

Contour along your hairline to bring it down and give the illusion of a smaller forehead and also below your cheekbones starting at your ears and ending in the middle of the cheeks. 

Contouring A Heart Face

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By highlighting your forehead and chin you are adding more definition and giving a gentle sheen to the skin. With your darker contour colour, you can narrow a wide forehead and soften a strong jawline. Contour along the sides of your forehead and temples to balance out the wider upper half of your face with the narrower lower half. Do not forget to contour on the lower chin to bring up the point. 

Contouring A Round Face 

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As your face is round you need to add some structure back into your face so it appears more oval. You will need quite a bit of contouring on the temples, cheekbones, and the sides of the jawline which will give you more definition. Use the highlighter on your chin and forehead to bring these areas forward and give dimension. You can also create fuller-looking lips by highlighting your cupid’s bow.

Contour around the sides of your forehead and temples to slim down this area also, contour below your cheekbones from your ear to the middle of your cheeks and then down to your jawline to add some length to your face. 

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Contouring A Square Face

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Start by contouring the corners of your face to make them appear less angular and give it a softer edge. By adding some highlight to your forehead and chin you give your face more dimension and a less flat appearance.

Contouring A Triangle Face

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The reason for contouring is to bring the narrow and broad areas into proportion with each other in order to appear similar to an oval-shaped face. Contour along the jawline to make this area more prominent and balance out the middle portion of the face. Highlight under the eyes to make cheekbones really pop.

Below your cheekbones starting at your ears and ending in the middle of the cheeks. Don’t bring the contour too close to your mouth, as this will have the opposite effect you’re looking for. 

Is there something more you’re looking for? Connect with us over our official Instagram account and let us know in the comment section. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more tips and tricks! 


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