Can anyone even remember a time before contouring and highlighting were non negotiables? Nope? Us either. What’s not to love about these chief makeup techniques – they tone and define your features like Facetune IRL. However, we should note that sculpting your face is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Your oval face requires very different attention to your bestie’s square face shape, and we’ve got all the tricks and techniques to contour and highlight whatever your needs using Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette and his Reflective Contour Brush 20B.
Diamond: if your hairline is more narrow than your cheeks, your chin is slightly pointed and your face longer than it is wide, than this is for you. Limit your contour to the area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks. A little dab of darkness right below your chin will soften the point. Applying light to the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin will help to broaden these naturally narrow areas.
Heart: this means your face is almost twice as long as it is wide, and you have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline. Drag your contour colour around your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline, then apply a little to just under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder. Highlight under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
Oval: the width of your hairline and jawline are about even and your face is longer than it is wide? This means you should contour either side of your forehead and along your hairline to make this area appear more narrow. You can also contour the area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks, while highlighting the middle of your forehead and chin.
Rectangle: a rectangle shaped face means the width of your hairline and jawline are about even, and your face is longer than it is wide. To make your face appear more narrow, contour on the sides of your forehead and under your jawbone, while highlighting in the middle of your chin and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.