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Step-by-Step Makeup Contouring

What is contouring, you ask? It’s a makeup technique that uses an illuminator, concealer, bronzer, pressed powder and blusher to sculpt the face and accentuate ones best facial features. Facial contouring has long been used for red-carpet events and was once a Hollywood secret. Now, contouring has become part of a daily makeup routine.

According to Gustavo Mottola, celebrity makeup artist, “the first step to creating a sculpted face, is knowing where to contour. It’s the one thing you can add to your daily routine that will make a huge difference.”

Step 1

Create a Smooth Canvas

First cleanse and moisturize your skin. If you want your pores to appear visibly smoother, try Gustavo’s Organic Face Primer after your moisturizer. Then to make dull skin radiate, apply a foundation (the one that best matches your skin color) all over your face preferably with a sponge.


Step 2

Add Contour

Take the lighter concealer/illuminator with your foundation brush and apply it to your T-zone. The T-zone area is right above your eyebrows and the spot between them, down the center of your nose,  the middle of your upper lip and the middle of your chin.

Apply the lighter color under your eyes too, this will help get rid of eye-bags! Also apply right above your cheekbones and above your jawline – this is key to structure the cheek bone. Take a brush or a sponge to blend the makeup in until there are no visible lines between the regular foundation  and the lighter color. Seamless is key. Now it’s time to contour. Take the darker concealer/illuminator and apply it to the side of your nose, right under your cheekbones and hairline. Then, blend like you did earlier. Gustavo says “for a natural contour, never use a product that is more than two shades darker than your skin.”


Step 3

Blend Harsh Edges

This is one of the most important steps in contouring. Use a makeup sponge to seamlessly vanish sharp lines. But beware of rubbing too much because overmixing the product can make your foundation look muddy. Use the pointed tip of the sponge to blend the product in the same linear pattern that you applied it. You don’t want to smudge the dark color all over your face.  Gustavo suggests “If the contour looks too dark, use a tiny bit of your foundation color to calm it down”.

Apply a mineral pressed powder to the whole face. This will help the foundation color stay and also remove any excess shine.   “This might not seem important, but this is very effective from my experience because of all the products used for this look”.

Optional: Add blush on your cheeks, upwards to your temples, to give more dimension and a pretty glow.

Products used:

  • Mineral Bronzing Powder
  • Illuminator Concealer Light and Medium Dark
  • Mineral Pressed Powder
  • Blusher

Gustavo Mottola, creator of Gustavo Skincare & Mineral Makeup and world-renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist and Image Stylist. Gustavo Mottola’s remarkable flair for makeup is no secret to the top names in the fashion and entertainment industries. His talent is highly sought after by such celebrities as: Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paris Hilton, Kristin Chenoweth, Angelica Huston, Geena Davis, Patricia Clarkson, Annette Bening, Maria Shriver, America Ferrera, Ana Ortiz and many others.

www.gustavocosmetics.com