What Is Contour & How To Do It Like A Pro

Always wanted to know the 101 on contour? Find out what is contour and how to do it like a pro with our guide to perfect your sculpting!

Create a flawless-looking, sculpted complexion using the contouring technique. This guide aims to show you how to contour, the contouring essentials and further guides that will enhance your contouring knowledge.

What is Contour?

Contour is essentially the art of creating shadows and highlights on your face and body that enhance your features. By applying darker shadows underneath or beside higher points on your face, for example, you can create the illusion of sharper cheekbones or a slimmer nose. You can discover more about contouring for beginners here.

Contouring Essentials

filmstar bronze and glow

Filmstar Bronze & Glow is Charlotte Tilbury’s original contour palette, with two harmonious shades. The sculpt shade can be applied to the hollows of your cheeks or anywhere you want to create shadows, whilst the highlight shade is the perfect ‘candlelit complexion’ shade.

hollywood contour duo

A cream or liquid contour is an ideal alternative if you want a buildable contour. Charlotte’s Hollywood Contour Wands are super blendable using Hollywood Complexion Brush, buffed in to your desired intensity.

beach stick ibiza

For a super natural, easy contour, Beach Stick in Ibiza is a gorgeous, summery bronze shade that you can apply as contour, along with eyeshadow and lipstick! This multi-use product is ideal for contouring beginners, especially if you are going on holiday.

How To Contour With Powder

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    Step 1: Sculpt

    Apply the ‘Sculpt’ shade of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow to the areas you want to define using Charlotte's Powder & Sculpt Brush: the hollows of your cheeks, the temples, jaw line, the sides and tip of your nose. Never forget to blend-blend-blend!

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    Step 2: Highlight

    Apply the ‘Highlight’ shade on top of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, your lip’s cupid bow and the brow bone for a candlelit complexion.

How To Use Liquid Contour

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    Step 1: Sweep through the hollows of the cheekbones

    To use Charlotte’s Hollywood Contour Wands, start by sucking in your cheekbones & sweeping the sponge applicator on the hollows in a horizontal line towards your hairline.

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    Step 2: Make stripes down your nose

    Apply in vertical stripes on the sides of your nose & loop underneath, then apply on the sides of your forehead, temples & jawline.

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    Step 3: Buff & Blend

    Finish by applying on the eye crease to fake a deeper socket, then use the Hollywood Complexion Brush to buff & blend it all in for a seamless finish.