Figuring out how to contour your face can be a challenge, especially if you’re the kind of person who figures out how to wear the latest makeup trends from the internet and not, say, a professional makeup artist (like me). A quick search on Google or YouTube for contouring brings up face charts of what could be mistaken for wild animal face paint designs and video tutorials promising to make you look like Kim Kardashian, and it’s all a little overwhelming if you’re a novice. Once you start digging into contouring territory you quickly find out there’s no one right way to do it, and it can take playing with several different products to achieve the look you’re going for.
As far my preferences go, I’m partial to the less intense variety of highlighting and contouring. While I’m all for ways to mask the bags under my eyes or give some definition to my otherwise round face, I definitely think the popular Kim K. look is a lot for anything but a professional photo shoot. I also think the whole point of contouring is to create the illusion of more defined cheekbones or a bright-eyed look – in other words, I don’t think it should be blatantly obvious you’ve got a layer of warrior paint below the surface of your foundation (less this, more this).