How to Contour Asian Faces

Deep set eyes with double eyelid, sharp pointed nose tip with sky-high nose bridge and high cheekbones----- the Caucasian face is often perceived as the most desired “beautiful face” to reflect the perfect beauty standard. As opposed to the 3 dimensional Caucasian features, Asian tend to have a flatter visage----- oriental single eyelid, meaty round nose tip with a flat nose bridge, and wider square or round face shapes.

If you do not already know, nose and double eyelid surgeries are the two most popular procedures pursued by Asians. However, not everyone has the extra moola to go under the knives for an extreme face makeover. A simple technique to make you face look slimmer and features more 3D is by contouring and highlighting. You can add shadows and highlights in your makeup routine to play up your cheekbones and even reshaping your nose to give your appearance a second lease of life.

Here is our step-by-step contour cheat sheet for Asian on how to contour correctly and look fabulous!

1. Select the correct shade 

Pick a contour two shades darker than your natural skin colour. Always choose a matte contour to create depth and sculpt the face. It is a little more complicated for highlight, you need to choose your shimmer accordingly to your skin tone. If are like Amanda Seyfried, a pearl-colored pressed powder will glam you up with a natural glow. For those with fair to medium tones, you will look stunning with any colours from champagne to pale pink. If you have warmer skin tones or have a lot of yellow in your skin — chose neutral peach and avoid pink with all your life. For the lustrous and rich skin, glow luminously with gold shimmer.  

✶ Kat Von D Shade + Light Cream Contour, USD$49, 

Silky smooth, matte, and extremely blendable, this contour and highlight set from Kat Von D melts effortlessly into skin for long-lasting wear. Picture-perfect for dry and oily skin types.

✶ Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio, USD$54, 

Conceal, contour and highlight perfectly like Rihanna with the newest Match Stix Trio from Fenty Beauty! No more guesswork for your matching shade as these super smooth and longwear beauty sticks are curated accordingly to match different skin tone. These pre-selected match sticks are available for customisation too. Thanks Badgirl Riri! You really know what we girls wish for!

2. Contour and highlight 

Contour to sculpt your visage

Forehead: Swipe it along the edge of your hairline to minimise an unflattering large forehead

Cheek bones: Start from the hollow of the cheekbones all the way up to the temples for a slimmer face effect.

Nose: Start from where your eyebrow begins and glide down to the bottom of the nose for a more refined nose tip. You can also apply along the nostrils for a slimmer nose effect.

Jaw: Start from the side of your chin up to the cheekbone for a v-shape jaw.

Highlight to play up your features

Forehead: Broaden the naturally narrow forehead and bring dimension

Nose: Fake a straighter nose by swiping highlight down the centre of the nose bridge.

Cheeks: Apply the highlighter directly above your cheek, just below the eye, for higher cheekbones.

Mouth: Make your lip poutier by applying highlighter above your cupid bow and below your lips.

Chin: Accentuate your chin for a bigger kissable lip.

3. Blend it out for au naturel look

First, use a shading blush to blend the highlight. For the second step, use a round brush to blend the contour using a circular movement. This step is extremely important as you do not want to see any obvious contour and highlight line on your face. Remember that we want an au naturel look, unless you want to be the next contour fail meme.  

4. Sweep on blush for the final touch 

To complete your look, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and back toward the temples. This step makes your cheeks look more lifted and gives mature skin a youthful kiss. There you go, our cheatsheet on how to contour asian faces. 😍

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