Contouring a round face to look slimmer is actually easier than you think! In today’s blogpost, I’m showing you how to contour a round face in five easy steps. Even if you don’t have a round face, you can still use these techniques to shape and define your features. I also posted a video showing you each technique step-by-step, to see these tips in action you should definitely watch the video on my channel!
Step 1: Contour
The first step to contour a round face is to define your features with a cream contour stick. One of my favorite products is the Pür Cosmetics Cameo Contour Stick. I have it in the shade medium and it’s so perfect for my skin tone! Another more affordable product I love is the NYX Wonder Stick. It has the best shape and it reminds me so much of the KKW Beauty Contour Stick. When applying my contour, I always focus on the hollows of my cheeks, around my hairline, the sides of my nose, and my chin. Once the product is placed, I blend it out with a fluffy brush. By now you must know how obsessed I am with the new Smashbox brushes, lately I’ve been using the Smashbox Cream Cheek Brush to blend out my contour. Using a brush like this, along with a Beauty Blender, blends cream products beautifully and creates a seamless finish!
Step 2: Define Jawline
A makeup hack that Selena Gomez’s makeup artist uses all the time is applying her contour directly onto the jawline. Most tutorials teach you to contour below the jaw, but that can only accentuate a round face more. Applying the product directly to your jawline, rather than below, helps slim down the appearance dramatically!
Step 3: Bronze
Typically, I save cream contouring for special occasions. On a more regular basis I use a powder contour, but if I want a more intense look I will apply a bronzer over top of my cream contour. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow is my favorite bronzer, hands down! It has the most buttery texture and it’s warm tone gives the skin such a gorgeous glow. I love using this bronzer to intensify my contour and warm up my complexion. A great drugstore dupe is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. The color isn’t quite the same, but the silky-smooth texture is very comparable. (and it smells amazing too!) It’s definitely one of my favorite more affordable bronzers. However, when strictly using a powder, I prefer a product that’s less warm than the Chanel bronzer. The Benefit Hoola bronzer is such a great product for contouring! The color is perfect for creating natural definition, and it works for so many skin tones. When you contour a round face you don’t need to use both a cream and powder, but using both definitely adds more definition and depth to your look.
Step 4: Bake
The fourth step in contouring a round face, or any face shape, is to bake. Baking is a technique for setting cream or liquid products and is typically done with loose powder and a makeup sponge, like a Beauty Blender. It really helps accentuate your contour when applied directly below the hollows of your cheeks. Finishing with this technique gives the illusion of a slimmer face and perfects your look. A powder I’ve been loving lately is the Le Mer The Powder, it’s seriously so luxurious and perfect for baking! Another more affordable option is the Cover Girl Loose Powder. In my opinion, it’s the best translucent powder at the drugstore!
Step 5: Highlight
The fifth and final step to contour a round face is to create dimension by applying a highlight. When using tons of matte products, it’s easy for your skin to look flat. It’s important to add a light highlight to bring color back into your face and create a healthy glow. I like to dust my highlight along the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and on my cupids bow. For my face shape, this creates the best glow! One product that is a new favorite of mine is the Hourglass Ambient Metallic Stobe Lighting Palette. It has the prettiest reflective glow that’s so unique! Another great drugstore highlight is the Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, which I haven’t stopped raving about since Drugstore Week. Also, if you aren’t sure where to apply your highlight, I previously did a blogpost all about the best way to highlight your face shape! So if you are unsure, you should definitely check out that blogpost.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post on how to contour a round face! Even if you have a different face shape, these tips still work great for defining your features and making your face appear slimmer. What’s your favorite product to contour with, cream or powder?