How Should I Highlight and Contour My Round Face?

Highlighting and contouring is a great way to add definition to a round face shape. Learn where to focus each product for optimal effect.

A round face is almost as wide as it is long. The full apples of the cheeks plus the lack of angles at the jaw gives a youthful look. But if you have a cool, sophisticated style, you may wish your face were a bit more chiselled.

Contouring can be used to slim down the sides of a round face, whilst highlight can draw attention to the centre for greater balance. This dual approach is a great way to pop your cheekbones and elongate your face to enhance natural beauty.


How should I highlight and contour my round face?


How should I apply contour on a round face?

The main aim for contouring on round face shapes is to slim the face and create the illusion of a longer oval shape. Contouring can also add some angular definition for the look of better bone structure.

Once you've chosen your contour product, a great place to start is the cheekbones. The cheeks are often the largest part of a round face, and the cheekbones can go undefined. Use a narrow, dense brush such as the Sigma 5F7 to fill in the hollows of your cheeks with contour. You can continue to brush the product down towards the neck in order to slim the face at the sides.

Use the same brush to apply contour around your hairline on your forehead, focusing on the sides. Be careful to blend the product carefully around the edges of your face for a seamless finish. Working towards the edges of your face will give the illusion of a slimmed-down face shape.


How should I highlight and contour my round face?


How should I highlight my round face?

Once your cheekbones have been defined and your face has been slimmed down with contour, use a highlight to enhance the centre of your face. Focus on the bridge of your nose, centre of your forehead, and the Cupid's bow.

You can also apply highlight to the centre of your chin to accentuate the length of your face. Avoid highlighting cheekbones to the edges of your face, as this will only stretch the width and reverse the slimming done by the contour. For a subtle lift, lightly dust highlight on the outer areas of your eyes.

Be sure everything is carefully blended, especially around the hairline and down to the neck. Use a large blending brush, such as the Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush, for a natural and seamless finish.

Contouring and highlighting may take some practice, but once you've mastered the art, you'll be able to create the illusion of an elongated face with greater definition.


How should I highlight and contour my round face?