(Closed) Do you contour? (POLL)

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you contour?

    Yes, occasionally

    Yes, all the time

    No, I haven't tried but would if I knew how

    No, I haven't tried it and will not try it

  • Post # 2
    925 posts
    Busy bee

    no I dont.

    I have really high cheekbones, and shark features. if I contoured I would look gaunt. 

    Post # 3
    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    Yes I do, but only for nights out. I love me a party look with highlight, contour and false eyelashes, but only when I’m in dark pubs and bars etc. Day-to-day, no, definitely not. It’s too time consuming and I don’t want tonnes of makeup on my face, although with thin layers and a light hand you could get away with it if you wanted to.

    ETA you just need to practice with your falsies! You figure it out pretty quickly and then you get it right every time. You just need a decent glue and to make sure it’s tacky and not wet before you put them on your eyes.

    Post # 4
    7528 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You need to add an option to the poll for, “Tried it, but don’t like it.”  I prefer a more natural look.  To me it only looks good in photos, but looks like there’s dirt on your face IRL.

    Post # 5
    1062 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    yes. i use it to slim my fat face lol

    Post # 6
    4798 posts
    Honey bee

    Do I go to great lengths to do it? No. But I do it to a small extent everyday that I wear makeup (about four days a week). Like I don’t go full on extreme contrast like you might see in makeup tutorial videos, but I have a few trusted contour/bronzing powders  and highlighters that aren’t overly dramatic,  easily buildable and blendable and it adds maybe 60 seconds to my routine for both contour and highlighter.

    Post # 7
    2133 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    Lily_of_the_valley :  I do it occasionally but found the makeup tutorials on YouTube and IG show these girls using GOBS of makeup layers

    1- ain’t no one got time for that

    2- IRL, that is super obvious and not a good look!

    So, I kind of do it my own way now. I have a cream palette from NYX and there’s a highlighter cream that I really just use under my eyes, in between my brows and on my chin. I blend that and do my bronzer like normal, then go back over those spots with some illuminating powder. Works like a charm.

    Something about smearing dirt like glue on my face to give me more defined cheekbones just kind of weirds me out a little!

    Post # 8
    3588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I would sometimes if I knew how… I mean I know I could learn but I feel like I’ll end up looking silly. Then again I can’t really be bothered with complicated makeup so it would just be for fun.

    Post # 9
    2168 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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    Lily_of_the_valley :  I’m really pale, so it’s difficult for me to properly contour. However, I am partial to highlighting.

    There’s a name for the technique where you only use the highlighter bit, but I forget it haha.

    If I’m really making an effort, I do have a bronzer which I will dust on under my chin to make me look a little thinner 🙂 I can’t really acheive ‘hollows’ in my face, so there’s no point even doing that haha

    Post # 10
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

    I just takes a LOT of practice. Most days I have a “daytime” contour look… any night I go out I lay it on thicker. On days that I’m really struggle busing to work I skip it but make sure I have enough blush to give my face color and shape. 

    Strobing is just using highlighter (no contorur) but I think it makes you look plastic and sweaty. 

    My contour isn’t as heavy as you see in photos-cause like others say it looks bad IRL. But it’s enough to get some shape and get compliments from people. 

    Post # 11
    8515 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Yeah but nothing major. I just put a bit of bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks.

    Post # 12
    477 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t. I don’t think it’s a good everyday look to contour heavily. I use bronzer on the parts where I would contour though (cheeks, forehead, jaw) and it’s a very nice neutral brown shade. Bronzing gives a little bit of the effect of contouring without making you look overdone. 

    I would contour for a photoshoot and will contour for my wedding. I think no contouring makes you look flat in pictures.

    Post # 13
    390 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Yea! I use it pretty much every weekday, it’s common among my coworkers. I do it pretty lightly though. I am new to using more makeup techniques, but I have been trying to improve. I agree with PP that it definitely makes my face look slimmer. 

    I mostly use the Physicians Forumla Shimmer Strips Nude Palette, sometimes I will add a separate blush if I want that to show up more. I agree the blending can be tricky but with practice and light application it looks great. Especially when I first started trying it out, I would watch Kathleen Lights’ and Jaclyn Hill’s makeup tutorial vidoes and do a lot of practice on evenings and weekends.

    Post # 14
    1949 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I countour so some extent every-day and play it up when time allows.  Countouring not only helps makeup look more natural on me but also helps me slim the roundness of my face.  It looks so unnatural when I wear one shade of foundation.  When time is sort or when I need a daytime look, I use three different shades of concealer and Blend, blend, blend away untill I can go over it with a dusting of powder and a bit of bronzer & highligter where needed.  When there is time I can layer it up and use a combo of highlighter, bronzer, concealer and foundation to get a look that is flawless.  

    Post # 15
    48 posts
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I contour every day I wear makeup! Not the super dramatic kind you see in those 30 second IG videos(although I have done that for special occasions and it’s just too time consuming for every day). It takes maybe two minutes to apply and blend out, but it makes SUCH a difference in my super round face. I use the Smashbox contour sticks and a Marc Jacobs brush to blend it out; it’s super fast/easy and I love the results!

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