Contouring Your Features: Tips For Different Facial Shapes

Contouring your features involves using light and dark foundation shades to highlight, slim-down or deepen certain features that otherwise won’t pop on their own.

Here the basic steps of contouring:

  1. To achieve the infamous chiseled cheekbones, simply suck in your cheeks, and using the angled brush, put the darkest powder into the hollows using swift back and forth motions.
  2. If you want to make your forehead appear smaller, dust the darker powder up into your hairline until blended seamlessly. Using the same brush, bring the powder down towards your temples. This has a slimming effect on your face.
  3. Define your jawline and slim down your neck by brushing the darker powder along the length of your jaw and around your chin. Just be sure to blend downwards using swift motions to create that flawless shadow.
  4. Use a separate, smaller brush to dust a little highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones to bring them forward.

Tips for different shapes:


Oval face shapes are identified by a forehead wider than the jawline, and face length larger than the width of the cheekbones. Rounded chin is common, too.

Contouring small details in an oval face – like the bridge of your nose to make it smaller – can help balance it out.


If the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal, you have a square face.

Contouring a square face involves softening the edges along the perimeter of the face.


If the measurements across your face are the same, you have a round face. Unlike square-shaped faces, the corners of your face are more rounded off.

Round faces need angular contouring on their forehead, across the temple, below cheekbones and jawline.

This adds definition to their features.


When your face length is longer than the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline, you have a rectangular face shape.

Perfecting the contour along the forehead and jawline can create the illusion of a shorter shape for rectangular faces.


A strong and wide forehead paired with a more narrow bottom half of the face is the prominent feature of a heart-shaped face.

Contouring the chin can help balance out heart-shaped faces the best.


When compared to a heart-shaped face, diamond face shapes have a pointed chin, high cheekbones and narrow hairline.

Concentrate the contour on making the forehead appear longer is the go-to route for diamond-shaped faces.