Contouring for the shape of your face

Contouring is here to stay and with various techniques to achieve the best sculpted look, there’s only one thing you need to consider – how to do it best for the shape of your face. So, we asked CATRICE Cosmetics for their pro top tips on how to apply.


Oval face shape

Step 1

First, use the Contouring Cream Palette, R89,95, to create contours on the side temples (between the eyebrows and the hairline) as well as along the upper part of the forehead.

Step 2

Apply a darker shade along the jawline and underneath the cheekbones – ideally gently taper towards the mouth. This will make the face appear slimmer. It is easy to determine the correct area by pursing the lips. Next, the contours are blended using the Contouring Brush, R79,95.

Step 3

Add highlights to the centre of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the cheekbones and just above the lip. Depending on the desired intensity, use the creamy Highlighter Stick, R69,95 or the powdery Strobing Duo Highlighter, R89,96.



Square face shape

Step 1

Create the illusion of an oval face shape by using the Contouring Cream Palette to contour the areas that look square: the outer temples, below the cheekbones from the ear to the corners of the mouth and along the sides of the jawbone.

Step 2

Next, use the Highlighting Stick to highlight the middle of the forehead, the centre of the hairline, the bridge of the nose, the cheekbones, below the brows, above the lips and the chin.



Heart Shape Face

Step 1

The aim is to narrow the forehead while at the same time, making a pointy chin appear broader and rounder, as well as detracting from the heart shape at the hairline.

Step 2

Dark contours are also added underneath the cheekbones (starting at the ear and tapering towards the corner of the mouth) and below the tip of the chin. Work into the foundation using the Contouring Brush.

Step 3

Highlight on the centre of the forehead, the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the upper contour of the lips. You’ll do the same along the sides of your face and at the centre of the chin to create the impression of shimmering light reflections.



Round face shape

Step 1

The goal is to make the face appear more oval with the help of skilful shading. Apply the contour colour from the Sculpting Powder Palette, R89,95, on the left and right temples along the hairline, leaving the centre of the forehead free to create an illusion of height.

Step 2

In addition, shade the area below the cheekbones and the sides of the jawline for a more narrow appearance. Carefully blend these contours with the Contouring Brush.

Step 3

Highlights should be added sparingly so that the face doesn’t look too soft. If highlights are a must, concentrate on the centre of the face – for instance, the middle of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the upper lip contour and the chin.

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Get your hands on these Limited Edition contouring products from the Contourious range by CATRICE.

The hamper contains: a CATRICE Contouring Cream Palette, R89,95, the Strobing Duo Highlighter, R89,95, Eyebrow Pencil, R52,95, a Highlighting Stick, R69,95, a Lip Contour & Colour, R79,95, a Contouring Brush, R79,95 and a Sculpting Powder Palette, R89,95

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This competition is open to SA residents only and closes at 09:30 am on 16 January 2017. You may enter as many times as you wish, if you would like to increase your chances of winning. The winners will be drawn from all the correct entrants and notified via email. This prize cannot be exchanged for cash.’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We will not share your information with any third parties. If winners do not respond to email notification within three days, another winner will be drawn. will supply all hampers to the delivery company in good order, but will not be held liable for the condition of hampers arriving at the winners’ chosen delivery address. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. If you have won a prize on in the last two months, you are ineligible to win this competition.

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4 Responses

  1. I am abit afraid of trying out contouring as I have seen it look very unnatural on some people and I am not the most advanced when it comes to make up application

  2. I’ve just started getting into contouring and the difference it makes to your face is amazing. I have a heart shaped face so I will definitely be trying this out!

  3. Wow Contouring, this article gives one valuable tips on contouring for different shapes of faces. The effects of this method transforms one’s face to a new complete makeover. Will definitely try these steps on contouring.

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