The Art of Contouring: Achieving a Sculpted and Defined Look

Want to know the secret to achieving a perfectly sculpted and defined face? The answer is contouring! But where do you start? Don't worry; with our step-by-step guide using MARS Cosmetics' contouring and highlighting products, you'll be a pro in no time.

Are you ready to take your makeup game to the next level? Want to know the secrets to mastering the art of contouring? Let's get started!

Step 1: Prep your skin

A woman looking into a hand mirror and applying primer on her face

Want to make your makeup last all day? The secret is in the prep! The first step of makeup is to have a clean and moisturized canvas. But what's the perfect base? We've got the answers.

Start by cleansing your face and then moisturize generously. Apply a primer to smoothen the surface and have a long-lasting makeup. Get ready to elevate your contouring game; let’s begin the journey!

Step 2: Choose the right shades

Different shades of contour on a hand

Choosing the right shades for contouring and highlighting can be tricky. 

Contouring is used to enhance the structure of the face and give a defined look which can be achieved by a cool toned shade that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin. 

Whereas highlighting is used to enhance the high points of the face so a shade that is 2-3 tones lighter would be perfect.

Step 3: Map out your face

Different contour mapping for different face shapes

Want to know the secret to professional contouring and highlighting? It's all in the mapping. To start off with, observe the shape of your face and map out accordingly to know where to apply the product for natural-looking results. Contour is applied on the hollows of cheeks, forehead, and jawline, highlighting is done for the cheekbones, nose, and Cupid's bow. 

Step 4: Apply your products

A woman applying a product on her face using a brush

Once you've mapped out your face, it's time to apply your products. But have you ever wondered what brush is best for contouring? Using a contouring brush, apply the product to mapped areas. Blend in the upward direction (towards brows) for a natural-looking contour. Use circular motions to blend it out and ensure no visible lines. Apply highlighting product, blend well and check for a natural look in a well-lit mirror.

Step 5: Set your makeup

A woman with a contoured and highlighted face

Finally, set your makeup with a setting powder for long-lasting contouring and highlighting. A translucent powder is best as it will not change the color of your makeup. It will also add extra definition to contoured and highlighted areas. 

Say goodbye to muddiness and hello to defined contours by using a powder to sharpen the lines of your contour and give a polished finish. 

Apply with a fluffy brush, blend well and use sparingly. A little powder goes a long way, and there you have it, a contoured and highlighted face that lasts all day! 

The Bottom Line

Contouring is a powerful makeup technique that can help you achieve a sculpted and defined look. With the right products and a bit of practice, you can master the art of contouring in no time. 

MARS Cosmetics offers a wide range of contouring and highlighting products, making it easy to find the perfect shades for your skin tone. Follow the steps outlined in this guide, and you'll be contouring like a pro in no time.

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