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Petite Facial Features? This Is the Contouring Makeup Tutorial For YOU

If you're blessed with a face on the smaller side, your dainty features don't have to keep you from enjoying the contouring craze. Lucky for you, you just won't have to do as much of it! This contouring makeup tutorial will help you define your bone structure without making your features too skeletal or severe.

If you have a smaller face but still want to get on board with the contouring craze, this makeup tutorial is for you! We will be using a powder in this contouring makeup tutorial, as you can use powder on top of your regular makeup and build up as needed. There are tons of great contour palettes out there, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed. I really like the LORAC Pro Contour Palette and the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette.

contouring makeup tutorial

1. Begin by sweeping the contour shade under your cheekbones. Wherever you place your brush first will be the darkest so I like to start near the top of the ear. To soften the features, focus on creating more of an arc shape rather than a straight line. Make sure your contour shadow does not come in any farther than the outside corner of your eye. If you bring the shadow in too far, your face can take on more of a masculine appearance.

2. Next, bring that contour shade up the temple and around the hairline. However, if you have a short forehead, keep in mind that you don't need to contour much, if at all, here. Let your face's natural shape guide you as you decide how much to contour.

contouring makeup tutorial

3. With your petite face shape, you likely don't need much contouring under the jawline, so just sweep the leftover pigments from your brush under the jaw bone and chin.

4. Don't forget blush! Placement will be key here. With your cute little cheeks, we don't want the color to overwhelm your face. Place two fingers at the side of your nose. Blush should not come in any farther than your outside finger. Focus on keeping it higher, sweeping upward.

contouring makeup tutorial

5. Now to highlight! Sweep a shimmery highlight powder on the tops of your cheekbones. Make sure to keep this area subtle, as shimmer could easily overwhelm your petite face. Bring this shimmer onto the cupid's bow of the lip, the center of the chin, and also down the bridge of your nose if you wish.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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