gerund or present participle: contouring
1. mold into a specific shape, typically one designed to fit into something else.

Have you ever contoured? Contouring has been around for a while now. It isn’t so much of a start up trend; but it has become more popular as makeup companies are producing all in one contour palettes and kits that are easier for makeup junkies like myself to use and experiment with. The first time I witnessed contouring was the infamous Kim Kardashian makeup chair photo. Just FYI, highlighting and contouring was not invented my KK. It gained so much attention because it transforms your face to a better looking you!


Contouring has been used in theatrical makeup but now it has somewhat toned down to being a part of an everyday makeup routine. Contouring defines the face while highlighting brightens the high points of our face and together it creates a “more” hyper-realistic version of ourselves. The great thing is that you can reconstruct your face without going under a knife. You can create an illusion of a smaller face, higher cheekbones, doll-like forehead, slimmer nose, or however you want your face to look. It’s pretty amazing to see some of the transformations that some makeup artists can make with two opposite shades.

So that’s the good here comes the bad. Like most new makeup trends a lot of people can get it wrong. I’ve seen some horrendous contouring that look unnatural and campy. Also, most of the time if you do a good job, it looks fantastic in photographs but in real life it can look over done. My opinion is when you are contouring, a little goes a long way so calm yo self. Just because it’s a trend you don’t have to go all out. Pick out a couple of spots you would like to emphasize and start from there. In moderation of course. Think about your surroundings, where are you going? Who are you going to meet? What are you going to be doing? And hey, if you want to go around with unblended lines and awkward shading, you better work it.


When I was in my early stages of makeup explorations as a teen, I knew about shading the bottom of your jawline to give you a slimmer face but nowadays it seems like an art project. I haven’t experimented with intense contouring but I recently ordered the Kat Von D Light and Shade Contour Palette. So I’m pretty excited about that. I hope I won’t be making the mistakes I mentioned above. Hahaha! Anyway, keep an eye out for a review and tutorial later~

What do you guys think about the current hype about contouring and highlighting?