Learning how to contour has been a trick of the trade since the mid-1500s. This is because contouring, the secret behind all those chiseled cheekbones on Instagram, can drastically alter the appearance of a person's face. Stage actors in Elizabethan England would apply chalk and soot to their faces so audience members could read their expressions more clearly. Today, the art of contouring has become an internet sensation, and let's be real — experimenting with it can be a blast.

I have been taking full advantage of a few contouring beauty techniques myself while using Julep's 5-in-1 Skin Perfectors. I absolutely love these products  because they give you a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs, and brightens your skin. Today, I'm going to show you step-by-step how I use these beauty products to contour my own face.

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What You'll Need to Accomplish This Look:

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Each of these beauty products combined together create the perfect demi-matte HD finish.  Follow these easy steps to contour your own face.

  1. Start by washing your face with an exfoliation scrub and warm water to rid any dead skin cells and dry skin areas.
  2. Then apply a tiny amount of the Blank Canvas Mattifying Primer to all the areas of your face. This creates a fresh canvas for your makeup.
  3. Now find the areas where the sun naturally hits your face and apply a trace of tiny dots or lines with your highlight shade. I'm using Julep's Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric in the shade #110 Porcelain. This color is great for those of you who may have lighter skin and cooler undertones.
  4. Then trace the shadows of your face (the same way you traced the highlights) with a darker contouring shade. I'm using Julep's Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric in the shade #430 Clove. This color creates great contrast against the highlight to really enhance the cheekbones and the other shadows of the face.
  5. Now complete the look by applying  Julep's Insta-Filter Invisible Finishing Powder   to your full face. This blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections, while instantly mattifying & completing the look.

Contouring Beauty Tip:

The areas to be highlighted are center of your forehead, the center line of your nose, underneath your eyes, and right above your jawline.

The areas to be contoured are the top corners of your forehead, around your hairline, the sides of your nose, on your jawline, and right underneath your cheekbones.

How to contour step by step for beginners - Style Gala - Sarah Simonsen - Makeup Vanity
How to contour step by step for beginners - Style Gala - Sarah Simonsen

As fun as it is to learn beauty techniques, learning how to contour will not be something you will most likely learn overnight. I have shown you my go-to beauty routine but I recommend finding the best contouring method for your own face shape. I know that I’ll be practicing more face makeup and contouring techniques myself more than once, even trying to add some new beauty products into my everyday makeup routine like this shimmering highlighter,  liquid bronzer, or this duo-cream that works as a blush and a lipstick.

Complete the Look: My Favorite Face Makeup Products