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trend to try: Contouring

Monday, January 21, 2013


Contouring and highlighting can make the world of a difference in a girls face shape and definition. Today we're going to focus on contouring. Here’s how:

Step 1: Start with a fresh face of your favorite foundation and conceal any imperfections. Using a Studio Mineral Powder Brush and a bronzer about 2 shades darker than your skin tone, sculpt the cheeks by swiping the powder slightly under your cheekbones (fishy face will help you find your cheek bones). Make sure to blend back into the hairline so there are no harsh lines! Be careful not to bring the contour too inward towards the center of your face or you may look funny. As a general rule, I stop right under the outer edge of the eyes.

Step 2: Contour the temples of the forehead. Blend the powder onto the edge of the forehead as well.

Step 3: Contour your nose if you prefer by dusting the powder on the sides of the nose and under the tip.

Step 4: To shape your jaw line, dust the bronzer under the jaw line and down onto your neck. Make sure to blend so it looks natural!.

Step 5: To add depth and definition to your eyes, contour the crease of the eyes with the bronzer. Feel free to line under the eyes for more definition.

See the difference?


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dsee21 wrote:
1) 1/21/2013 3:53:35 PM
i've always wanted to know how to contour!!! these steps give me a basic idea, but do you guys have a video? contouring is seriously the hardest thing for me lol. my common sense could be better.
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ArianaB wrote:
2) 1/23/2013 11:27:09 AM
Great! Perfect contouring :)
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Jennievee wrote:
3) 1/25/2013 9:46:47 AM
Love the tips! Definitely helped me out!
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NAVYdoll wrote:
4) 1/25/2013 9:47:17 AM
Great! Now i Can practice
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JGeorge wrote:
5) 1/25/2013 9:48:58 AM
Recently purchased the Elf Blush and Contour in Turks & Caicos. It's perfect for that beachy glow ANY time of year :) The contour powder works perfectly when you follow these steps!
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csw14324 wrote:
6) 1/25/2013 9:53:03 AM
definitely gonna give this a try! i've always wanted to know how to do this!
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CharlieLynn wrote:
7) 1/25/2013 9:56:22 AM
This is great basic contouring info! I always just do the "3-B" bronzer trick, but this is great if I want to take my time and make it more noticeable!
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RockerGirl811 wrote:
8) 1/25/2013 10:01:16 AM
This is very helpful! I just bought the 11 piece brush set and now I know all the tips to use them properly!
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Lunaaramac wrote:
9) 1/25/2013 10:08:42 AM
Im crazy for elf, and this just made me want to buy more products. Thanks for the boot camp.
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cynthianell wrote:
10) 1/25/2013 10:09:37 AM
Very informational. I love these tutorials .
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Amber Leigh wrote:
11) 1/25/2013 10:10:30 AM
I have just started to learn about the art of contouring - what a difference it makes! By just adding a little bronzer to my cheek lines people have been asking me if I have lost weight! Amazing!!
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Boricua wrote:
12) 1/25/2013 10:18:25 AM
It looks awesome, very natural. Definitely I will try it! I love Elf products and this looks fantastic!
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Hachi wrote:
13) 1/25/2013 10:18:25 AM
I love contouring.... It serioulsy helps out with my big nose.
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nina<3's make up wrote:
14) 1/25/2013 10:19:56 AM
I've always wanted to learn to conture but I was always afraid I'd mess it up!:/ but I think this is going to help!!! Thank you I will try it out today so I can master it asap!!!(:
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Nesha83 wrote:
15) 1/25/2013 10:22:51 AM
I would love to try this but I'm not sure how it would look on african american skin.
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Arlie wrote:
16) 1/25/2013 10:33:49 AM
I usually contour my cheekbones, nose, and jaw, but I never thought to do my eyes. That is a good trick! I'll have to try it the next time I put on my face.
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Delishdishgirl wrote:
17) 1/25/2013 10:56:55 AM
I use your all over color sticks to add 3 stripes on my cheek..starting with toasted, then pink lemonade, then spotlight. When I blend them in, the toasted creates the illusion of an indented cheek & the spotlight really highlights the cheek area! LOVE IT
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yukina wrote:
18) 1/25/2013 11:02:43 AM
that was very help, thank you Patti! I would love to try this trick with the new mineral powder brush recommended.
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Michc wrote:
19) 1/25/2013 11:10:35 AM
Great tips! My tip is to practice practice practice! If you have some time to play with your makeup before taking a shower, try to play with your contouring makeup so you're familiar with how you want everything to look the next time you want a beautifully contoured face!
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Liztoni wrote:
20) 1/25/2013 11:19:06 AM
Love you people of elf, the makeup is fab and the tips are awesome.
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e_fox1 wrote:
21) 1/25/2013 11:20:29 AM
Great tips! Can't wait to try it :)
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Yoob wrote:
22) 1/25/2013 11:37:48 AM
The mineral powder brush is perfect for this!! I also love the angled blush brush for contouring
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EmmeC wrote:
23) 1/25/2013 11:51:52 AM
Bit dramatic, but I might have to try this out, see how it looks on me
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aliciaf wrote:
24) 1/25/2013 11:55:04 AM
This is so nice I have watched so many this on contouring and everyone does it different. I love beauty advice.
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denelian wrote:
25) 1/25/2013 12:02:22 PM
does Elf sell contouring powder? why did everything move to bronzer, anyway? i'm not a fan of bronzer...
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Blonde Babbler wrote:
26) 1/26/2013 11:00:50 AM
I will spool use this!!
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