Contour makeup helps to accentuate the cheekbones and can have a slight shine.
There are several different types of contour makeup that can be used to shape the face, eyes, and body. The most common type is a powdered product, which is typically a shade or two darker than a person’s natural skin tone. Liquid contour makeup can often be used similarly to powders on the face, although they are also ideal for use on the body. Gel products are more popular for the body and may include ingredients that cause the skin to tighten, providing even more shaping benefits.
The most common and widely used contour makeup is a powder product that contains little to no shine.
The most common and widely used contouring makeup is a powder product that contains little to no shine as it can reduce contouring effects when used on the face. These products are typically used on the face and can be sold as a contouring product or matte bronzer; however, any powder foundation with limited shine can be used just the same. This type of contour makeup is usually used around the outside of the face, in the hollows of the cheeks and on the sides of the nose to enhance a person’s natural bone structure and provide a slimming effect to the face. It can also be used between the neck and chin to temporarily slim the area. In some cases, contour powders can be used in the hollow or line of the eye to add definition to that area.
Failure to properly remove liquid foundation can result in clogged pores and acne.
Liquid contour makeup is popular for both the face and body. It can be used in the same way as powder products on the face, in the hollows of the cheeks, on the sides of the nose or around the perimeter of the face, but it can be used on the body to shape the chest, abdomen or legs. This type of contour makeup, when aimed at the face, is typically similar in consistency to liquid foundation, and a foundation product a few shades darker than a person’s natural skin tone can be used as contour makeup, even if not be labeled as such. When used on the body, this type of product is typically water resistant and may or may not include light reflecting or glare properties.
While there are some gel products that are specifically meant to shape the face, contour gel makeup is most commonly used on the body. It provides a small amount of tone and can help create shadows on different areas of the body to mimic those created by natural muscle tone. Contouring gel makeup also often includes ingredients such as caffeine, which temporarily tighten the skin, reducing sagging and cellulite while increasing definition and shape.