The Best Contouring Techniques to Look Younger

Laura Tolentino

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With the number of lies and toxic substances surrounding the world of anti-aging products, it’s natural to be suspicious that any of these various creams or sprays can deliver on what they promise. However, it turns out there are some simple tricks you can pull off with makeup that help strip entire years off your face without compromising your health.

But what are these fabled techniques?

Well, that’s where we come in. It’s time to take a look at our guide to the best contouring techniques to help you look younger!

But enough preamble! Let’s jump headfirst into this thing!

Play Around With Shades

One technique you can use with contouring is to try different shades of makeup on your skin to find what looks best for you. Some people find the most success with “clown contouring”, which consists of applying different levels of shading around the face to cover the minutiae of skin tone and blemish variation within the face.

Good contouring can also prove somewhat subjective. Are you looking to hide blemishes in the skin, or accentuate your jawline and facial structure? Whichever you choose, you’ll need to adapt your contouring style to fix these.

Use Cream When Possible

When given a choice in contour products, try to aim for using cream over powder you apply with a contour brush. It tends to look more natural than powder without sacrificing the level of control over shading powder provides. You should also apply the cream with fingers, but spread it with a brush to help reduce the risk of using too much product.

Help Build a Solid Foundation for the Contour to Enhance

Another tip to help enhance your contouring is to treat your skin well so you have a strong foundation to build off of with makeup. Using gentle skin washes or face masks to remove dead skin and cleanse your pores help give your skin a stronger shine, for example. Some people also find great success with using a gua sha (a tool you scrape along your skin) to help revitalize their skin and clear off excess dirt. 

Of course, sometimes you need a more dramatic option to achieve the body and youthful appearance you want. Getting Botox injections at Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery & MedSpa is a great way to help remove wrinkles and renew self-confidence in your look. 

Let the Makeup Set

Once you’ve applied your contour makeup and smoothed it out, use a powder to make sure the makeup can “relax” and set onto your skin. This helps prevent it from coming off as you go throughout your day, preserving your intended look for longer. 

Sprinkle In Bonus Tricks

Of course, contouring your face isn’t the only way to look more youthful. Applying deeper shades around your lips can help them look fuller and healthier. You can also use contour lines via bronzer along your chest to bring out the curve of your breasts, giving your look that extra pop.

Some women also find success with strobing. This process ditches shading for highlights, helping points on your face stand out above the rest. 

Master of Contouring Techniques

So, now that you’ve become the master of contouring techniques, what’s left for you to do? Well, if you’re looking for more makeup techniques to keep that youthful appearance going, make sure to check out the other posts on our website!