Contouring with Mariana Marie

Contouring is important for photographs, adding more dimension in your face since pictures are one dimensional.  You can lightly contour every day.  Use 1 shade darker than normal wear so it’s a gentle contour and less dramatic, says Mariana Marie.  I do daily light contouring as well.

Here I am contoured by Mariana Marie!


In my makeup drawer and on my face: Bare Minerals powder foundation / Blush: Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in 590 Soft Mink / Lipgloss: Buxom in Dolly / Eyeliner: NARS in Kyoto / Brows: Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown / Eyeshadow: MAC in Scene / Bronzer for light contouring (forehead and jawline): Dallas by Benefit Cosmetics

Here’s a super fun short video of the steps, it’s that easy!  It was a sunny and cloudy day so the lighting changes, dang weather!

We kept my makeup the same, just showed how you can make your face more dimensional.  If you’re on an iPhone, click here to see the video.

Detailed steps:

  1. Have foundation/base on.
  2. Take a flat head brush for your contouring – a dense brush to get a good blend out of it.
  3. Suck in, blend under cheek line.  Pick two shades darker than normal, not a bronzer, use an actual foundation powder because it has cool tones so you can put warm bronzer/blush back on it.  So you don’t look dirty and warm.
  4. Farther you pull line to hairline, more narrow you will get.  Narrow face, don’t go too far back. Rounder face can go pretty far back.
  5. To contour nose, use a fluffy hair makeup brush.  Use bronzer, do down from nostril, both sides. Shimmer is OK, flecks help highlight and blends it out.  Blend it in.
  6. Using a concealer palette, use it to highlight under eye and under brow bone.  See MAC palettes. Use more bisque color under the eye to take away some of the darkness.  This adds more dimension to your skin and brightens up your eye.  The first thing they look at is your eye area.
  7. Under brow use a natural tone, not as bique-y.
  8. If you want to narrow your face, you could contour around the temples or by the chin.
  9. As a finishing touch if you need to add more depth to difference places, take a rounded brush with a little bit of product.
  10. Add blush to apples of cheeks.
  11. Use a rounded brush and blend it into your neckline.
  12. Pull a little color under lower lash line.  Helps the highlighted concealer not look as bright. Use a round tipped edge, with a fine tip, fluffy enough to blend.  We used a gray shadow.

Ta-da!  Thanks Mariana Marie for coming over, that was so fast and fun!


Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R (c/o) + 18-55mm (c/o).

Diana Elizabeth thought using her Sony selfie was so great to put this quick project together!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


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