Where to contour
Before I start showing you my favourite contour products, first lets look at where you're supposed to contour. Using Jennifer Lopez as an example, I've highlighted where I think her face has been contoured - cheeks, under the chin, nose, temples, eye socket.
|Original image Source. Collage and markings my own.|
The key to good contouring is to use matte products, as matte shades make the area recede which is exactly what you want to achieve with contouring. You can use bronzers, blushes or eyeshadows to contour with, as long as they are matte and about 2 shades darker than your skin tone.
I contour my face every single day, it's become a habit with me, and here are my 5 favourite products.
Illamasqua Cream Colour Pigment - Hollow
This is the only cream contour product I own. I use it mainly in summer when I go for more of a dewy skin and matte powders look too harsh. With cream contour products, you need to put them on after your foundation but before any powder or blush.
(I'd received this one as a gift from Illamasqua a while back).
Urban Decay Naked e/s and MAC Moleskin e/s
I use these two to contour my eye area to give my hooded eyelids more depth. They are also great for blending out darker shadows in a smokey eye. Moleskin is a LE colour, but MAC Wedge is pretty similar if you can't find Moleskin. These colours are also good to contour the sides of the nose with, to slim it down.
Illamasqua Disobey and Benefit Hoola
I've owned Hoola since the beginning of the year and have been using it on an almost daily basis, that is, if I haven't been using the other products mentioned here. Disobey is a recent addition to my collection, but it's fast become a favourite. It is slightly warmer in tone than Hoola, which makes it look more natural with a bit of a tan. Hoola is marketed as a bronzer, whereas Disobey is a blush.
The picture below is with flash. Without flash it was really hard to see the shades on my skintone, as they blended almost seamlessly into my skin. And that's what you want with your contour product, you want them to look so natural that they are invisible to an untrained eye.
A good cheaper alternative I've found is W7 Matte Bronzer in Honolulu, which I've reviewed and compared to Hoola HERE, but it didn't make it into my top 5 as the colour is a bit dark for me currently. If you can't find a good matte bronzer to contour with, you can always just use a normal face powder 2 shades darker than your skintone.
So what does a perfectly contoured face look like? In my opinion J Lo is one of those celebrities that always gets it right. In this photo of her below from the video clip On The Floor, she looks stunning and with clever contouring her features all just stand out that little bit more.
Do you contour your face? What are some of your favourite products to contour with?