How To Contour & What Is Makeup Contouring: Tutorial

What is contouring? Discover what makeup contouring is and how to contour with Charlotte Tilbury's top tips and video tutorial for contouring made easy.

Create a flawless-looking, sculpted complexion with contouring. With this guide, discover what contouring is, how to contour, the contouring essentials and further guides that will enhance your contouring knowledge!

How to Contour and What is Contouring?

What is Contouring?

Makeup contouring has been a huge trend for the last several years in beauty, but as Charlotte says “it’s the secret silver-screen sirens have kept to themselves for years!"

Contouring and playing with light and shadow can help reshape, resize, enhance and define the look of your facial framework. In theory, anywhere you apply a lighter, brighter product will stand out and appear more prominent, and anywhere you apply a shadow or darker shade of contour will give you more depth and definition.

Knowing how to correctly contour your face is key to any makeup MAGIC look, as contouring too severely, or in areas that don’t need it, can actually have the opposite effect of what you’re looking to achieve. For example, if you were to contour too heavily on someone with an oblong face shape and already high cheekbones, it could make the face look too sunken-in, aged or too gaunt.

HOW TO CONTOUR TUTORIALS

Whether you're using powder or liquid contour products, follow Charlotte's 2 MAGIC Tilbury Tips for perfect contouring:

  1. Apply your sculpting shade to the hollows of your cheeks, the temples, the jaw line, sides and tip of your nose. Never forget to blend, blend, blend!
  2. Apply the Highlighting shade on top of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, the lip’s cupid bow and your brow bone for candle-lit skin!

Discover step-by-step tutorials to discover how to contour below!

How To Use Liquid Contour

  1. Step one of how to liquid contour with Charlotte's Beauty Light Wands

    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.

  2. How to liquid contour step 2 applying Beauty Light Wands to the nose and forehead

    Step 2: Make stripes down your nose and along your jawline and forehead

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

  3. Blend out liquid contour with Charlotte's Hollywood Complexion Brush

    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.

How To Contour With Powder

  1. Film Star Bronze and Glow features a sculpting shade that works as an effortless powder contour

    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!

  2. Highlighter powder shade from filmstar bronze and glow swatch

    Step 2: Highlight

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

CONTOURING WITH BRONZER

  1. Charlotte's Bronzer Wardrobe including Airbrush Bronzer and Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer to bronze and contour

    STEP 1: FIND YOUR 'BRONTOURING' SHADE

    Contouring with bronzer, or 'brontouring', is a magical way to make your bronzer a multi-use product, so you can sculpt the look of your face while adding bronzed warmth to your complexion! Choose your normal shade of Charlotte's powder bronzer, Airbrush Bronzer or cream bronzer, Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer, for a gorgeous subtle contour that seamlessly works in harmony with your bronzer-application, or choose 1 shade deeper for more defined, sculpted look.

    Read more on how to find your perfect bronzer shade

  2. Model holding Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer by the pool

    STEP 2: CONTOUR WITH BRONZER

    Once you've selected your bronzer and bronzer shade, it's time to contour with bronzer! Simply apply your bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, temples and jawline.

    Tilbury Tip: For more precise application, Charlotte's Powder & Sculpt brush, followed by Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Bronzing Brush or The Air Brush to blend, blend, blend!

    Read Charlotte's guide to contour vs bronzer

    Discover Charlotte's how to apply bronzer tutorial

Makeup Contouring Essentials

Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Film Star Bronze and Glow packshot

Filmstar Bronze & Glow is Charlotte’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. It's available in 3 shades, Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark, to suit all complexions!

Super Nudes Nudegasm Palette

Nudegasm Face Palette packshot

Featuring 4 powder shades to contour, sculpt and add a supermoel-inspired GLOW to your cheeks, the Super Nudes Nudegasm Palette is perfect for creating a dialed-up, runway-ready contoured complexion!

HOLLYWOOD CONTOUR WANDS

Beauty Light Wand and Contour Wand packshot

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.