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How to contour your face shape

Airbrush Makeup Artist, Lucia Caldarelli Melbourne, Australia

Makeup Artist, Lucia from Les Couleurs Hair and Makeup Melbourne, Australia

 Its magical what a bit of contour and highlighting can do to a face shape or features,

There is one key thing to keep in mind at all times whilst contouring  your face and that is ” darkness recedes and lightness precedes”, and with this in mind its amazing how we can play with shapes, so lets play away !!


Cheekbones are prominent and the face shapes gracefully from the cheeks to a narrow oval chin and forehead. Apply blusher to the most protruding part of the cheekbone then apply highlighter on top of cheekbone to enhance.


A round face is almost as wide as it is long, with the cheeks being the widest part. To slim a round face, apply a darker shade of contour just below the cheekbone then apply a lighter shade directly onto the cheekbone. Apply a touch of highlighter to the chin and forehead.


This face has a squared forehead about the same width as the cheekbones and jawbone the square jaw is the most prominent feature. To soften a square face, apply a darker shade of contour below the cheekbones then blending up towards the temples. Apply a lighter shade directly onto the cheekbone. Blend a little contour onto the outer jawline to soften the square look.


An elongated square face shape with forehead, cheekbones and jawbone all about the same width. Apply a darker shade of contour to the temples also under the cheekbone and at the jawline to soften the angular effect. Apply a lighter shade of blusher or highlighter directly onto the cheekbone and  below the outer corner of the eye.

contoured and highlighted face, neck and collage



A diamond face is narrow at the jawline and temples and wider at the cheekbones,  narrowing to an almost pointed chin. Apply contour to the most prominent part of the cheekbone and on the pointy  chin to soften.


This face is characterised by a wide forehead and high cheekbones with the tapering down to a narrow chin, Apply blusher/contour to the cheekbones, blend blusher up to the temples and over the eyebrow towards the centre of the forehead. To minimise a pointed chin apply contour to soften.


This face is narrow at the forehead, it moves in lightly at the temples then goes outwards with its widest part at the jaw. Apply highlighter to the most prominent part of the cheekbones and blend towards the temples, Apply a darker shade of contour in a wedge under the cheekbone and blend down towards the heaviest part of the jawbone and soften towards the chin.

Enjoy Lucia!


13 responses

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    • Blancha

      I did that thing with an eeyliner, shadowing! And it looks like I have cheek implants! sooo good! my new favorite Makeup trick!

      February 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

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