Contouring for Different Face Textures: How to Achieve a Smooth and Seamless Look

Author: Michelle Teeken   Date Posted:19 May 2023 

Contouring has become a staple in the makeup industry, with everyone from beauty gurus to everyday makeup lovers incorporating this technique into their daily routine. But while contouring can enhance and define our features, it can also become a nightmare if not executed correctly. One of the biggest challenges when it comes to contouring is achieving a seamless, natural-looking finish, especially when dealing with different face textures.

If you've struggled with contouring your face and achieving that smooth, flawless finish, don't worry – you're not alone! In this blog, we'll be sharing tips and techniques for contouring different face textures to help you achieve a perfectly sculpted look that looks like you were born with it. We'll also be sharing some of our favourite product recommendations and techniques to help you master the art of contouring. So, if you're ready to take your contour game to the next level and achieve a smooth, seamless look that will turn heads, keep reading!

Before we start discussing different face textures, let's first understand that everyone's face is unique, and it's important to understand your face shape to contour correctly. If you haven't already, check out our previous blog on "How to Contour Your Face," where we discuss face shapes and techniques.

Moving on, different face textures can also affect how we approach contouring. Individuals may have dry, oily, combination, or textured skin, and each texture can present its own set of challenges. For example, dry skin can make blending difficult, while oily skin can cause products to slide off or appear too heavy. Textured skin, on the other hand, can make contouring appear patchy or uneven. It's essential to understand the unique needs of each face texture when it comes to contouring and the need for tailored techniques and products to achieve a flawless finish.

When it comes to contouring different face textures, there are various techniques you can employ to achieve that smooth, seamless look you desire. Let's explore some tips and tricks tailored for each face texture.

  • If you have dry skin, the key is to focus on hydrating and adding luminosity to your complexion. Start by prepping your skin with a hydrating moisturizer to ensure a smooth canvas. Go for cream or liquid contour products as they blend effortlessly and provide a natural-looking finish. Use a damp BASE MAKER SPONGE to gently blend the contour, ensuring it seamlessly melts into your skin for a dewy and fresh look.
  • For those with oily skin, the goal is to control shine and maintain a matte finish. Choose powder contour products that won't add extra shine or feel heavy on the skin. After applying the contour, set it with a matte setting powder to lock it in place. Throughout the day, keep excess oil at bay by using blotting papers or applying mattifying primers before contouring.
  • Combination skin requires a versatile approach to contouring. Adjust your technique based on the different textures in different areas of your face. Use cream contour on dry areas to prevent further dehydration and powder contour on oily areas for better longevity. Blend carefully, ensuring the transition between the two textures is seamless, resulting in a uniform look.
  • Contouring textured skin requires a gentle touch to minimize the appearance of unevenness. Go for lightweight and blendable contour products that won't accentuate texture. Avoid heavy or creamy textures that may sit on the skin. Instead, use a gentle circular motion to blend the contour softly, helping to create a more even surface.

When it comes to choosing the right products for contouring different face textures, it's important to consider the specific needs of your skin. Here are some product recommendations that are suitable for contouring different face textures:

  • For dry skin, prep your skin beforehand with a rich moisturizing lotion such as the Embryolisse Miracle Cream. Then, go for cream or liquid contour products that provide hydration and a natural-looking finish.
  • If you have oily skin, powder contour products are your best friend. Look for matte formulations that won't add extra shine or feel heavy on the skin. Try our Chisel-Sculpt-Shade Face Palette as it will help you to create a beautifully sculpted face and a gorgeous glow.
  • When it comes to contouring textured skin, lightweight and blendable products are key. Avoid heavy or creamy textures that can accentuate texture. Instead, try using a light coverage foundation or concealer that is 2-3 shades darker than your natural complexion to contour.
  • In addition to the right products, selecting the right shades is crucial for achieving a seamless contour. Check out our previous blog “How To Choose The Right Contour For Your Skin Tone” to find out what best works for you.
  • Lastly, consider the tools you use for contouring. For dry skin, opt for soft and dense brushes, and oily skin benefits from fluffy bristle brushes. You can find all types of brushed to suit you in our Gold Luxe Brushes range. For textured skin, soft and gentle sponges like our Base Makers are ideal for blending without accentuating texture.

By choosing the right products, shades, and tools that cater to your face texture, you'll be on your way to achieving a flawless and seamless contour that lasts all day, without clogging pores or causing breakouts.

If you're still having trouble achieving a smooth, seamless contour, don't worry! We've got you covered with some troubleshooting tips.

  • For uneven blending, try using a clean sponge to blend out any harsh lines and create a more natural finish.
  • For patchy application or product clinging to dry patches, consider prepping the skin with a hydrating moisturizer or using a cream or liquid contour product for a dewier look.
  • And if you make a mistake, don't panic! You can always touch up with a setting spray to melt the products into the skin or a translucent powder to diffuse any harsh lines.

With these tips and techniques, you'll be well on your way to achieving a flawless and natural-looking contour regardless of your face texture.


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