Contouring has become one of the biggest trends in beauty, taking sculpting and refining our facial features to a whole new advanced level! Thanks to Sephora, there are now tons of contouring products all in one place for us to choose from and, what’s more, they’ve got an entire contouring guide to help those of us who haven’t quite jumped on the contour wagon yet!

I get it— if you’ve never tried to contour your face, it can seem a little daunting. But even I sharpened my contour skills when I took a look at Sephora’s easy-to-follow contouring guide and was inspired to update you guys with a pictorial guide that I hope will help you. The first thing to keep in mind is that every face shape is different, therefore the contouring on each face will be different. I have a heart shaped face, with most of the width around my cheekbones and the top half of my face, and then a nice taper at my chin and jawline. My face is naturally pretty sculpted and, personally, I tend to like to elongate my face just a bit, so I most of the contouring at the outer edges of my face. Always keep that in mind: If you have a thinner, more sculpted face, take it easy on the contouring, and if you have a fuller face… Go to town!


For this pictorial, I used the Cover FX Contour Kit, which I’m so excited about! Cover FX is one of my absolute favorites in makeup, and I was thrilled to see they’d released a contour kit. I used the G Light-Medium, mostly because it has the golden undertones. The range of colors would work for the lightest light to a nice, solid medium complexion, which I’m closer to. To apply the colors, I used the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Contour Highlight #80 brush for both the highlight shade as well as the contour shade.


Step-by-step guide:

1. First, I applied my Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in 4.0 to my moisturized skin. It’s a nice lightweight foundation so the finished look won’t end up looking too heavy!

2. Of course, you want to start with the highlight first, so I applied the highlight shade (#1) under my eyes, under my cheekbones alone my jaw, at the center of my forehead, and a bit around my mouth. These are the spots I want to stand out and catch the light.

3. To narrow down the sides of my forehead and the widest part of my face, I contoured along my hairline and my cheekbones just by my ear with shade #4. Remember: Contouring recedes, highlighting projects!

4. Once I had the highlight and contour in place, I went in and blended out starting with the highlight, then carefully blending with the contour lines to create a nice, seamless look.

5. Finally, I set the makeup with my Laura Mercier Loose Transclucent Powder and applied my SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Blush in Rose Glow.

That’s really it! The one tip that I think is really important is to start with very little product first, because you can always build. And if you’re stuck on what areas of your face to contour, head over to Sephora’s site and check out the easy-to-follow guide! You can also walk into your nearest Sephora store and their skilled staff will give you a FREE Contour Mini Makeover to breakdown of how to contour your face and which products to use. No appointment necessary, just walk right in!


This post was sponsored by Sephora and Style Coalition.

Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

There are 16 comments

  • Josephine says:

    Not usually a fan of contouring products but your reviews makes me wanna give it a try!

  • Slowly but surely I’m getting into contouring 🙂 These quads seem great!

  • Valentina says:

    I just purchased the Kat Von D contouring palette would you review or perhaps compare it with the Cover FX Contour Kit?

  • Cori Scherer says:

    Teni! You look absolutely stunning in these photos — Love how you created such a natural look with the Cover FX Contour Kit!

  • Sissi says:

    Oh I just tried out some products from Cover FX. This brand is genius and your contour kit looks gorgeous!

  • I’ve never tried CoverFX, how would you describe the coverage and the consistency of their contour palettes? I’m assuming they are a cream contour kit.

  • sherry says:

    Been wondering what this big craze for contouring is all about, so I just bought a kit from . This tutorial will definitely come in handy once my contour kit comes in. How much are all of you paying for your kits?

  • Chelsea says:

    I don’t see the Sephora blush in the color Rose Glow, is there a color that would be similar to it?

  • Deanna says:

    Being able to contour is really an art.. have to try those products, but i do love the Sephora blush

  • Adriana Perez says:

    Hi there, I was curious if you have ever used the Anastasia contour palette? If so, any recommendations about using it?

  • We love how easily you explained how to contour the correct way, always start with a little and build up slowly to not go too heavy is a great tip! Will definitely be trying this technique soon.

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    wygoglujcie sobie – xxally mój sukces w odchudzaniu

  • csgo says:

    The info is quite helpful

  • I love the knowledge on your web sites. Much thanks!.

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