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If I have time, I’ll do some light contouring around the outer edges of face and down the nose, but it’s not something I do regularly, so I don’t buy a lot of contour products.

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I have the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder on hand for if I’m doing a full face of makeup for a special occasion, but mostly don’t do much contouring. Sometimes I do on “normal makeup days” when I’m feeling emotional and fat (usually when I’m PMSing…), as I have a round face so doing a bit of jaw and cheek contouring helps slim things down. I also don’t use highlighter as a “contouring” method all the time, though do so more frequently than “sculpting” contour, as I like that little bit of light bouncing off the tops of my cheeks, but I usually leave the other areas free of highlighting unless I’m doing a “full-on” contouring look.

Also if you type contour/ing enough it stops looking like a real word…

Exactly the same! Almost a part of my daily routine a few years ago but now for an every day makeup and on the go, it’s been culled! Brows, lashes, concealer.

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I contour, to some extent, every time I do my makeup. The products vary depending on a few factors – day/night, occasion, destination, etc.

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It was my go-to when I knew there would be pictures in artificial light or going out for the evening. Now, I no longer have a night life (since I work nights) so my Mac sculpt is just sitting in my drawer. I think if my work environment didn’t have natural lighting, I would contour more ( contouring just doesn’t look great in natural lighting to me)

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Even though I like it, I only do it when I have some extra time or when I’m doing a full face, not every day. I haven’t quite mastered it yet and I feel like for just an everyday look, I can end up looking too done if I’m not careful. I have the second Kevyn Aucoin sculpting book and I use the highlighter more than I use the contour.

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When I was considerably younger and or thinner, I didn’t really bother. Having very high cheekbones and sharper features, there wasn’t really any need at that time. Over time, my features have a little more “pudge” or softness or something, so I do some minimal re-chiseling and sculpting with a non-orange bronzer or even a taupe powder.

I very rarely contour, I’ve not got time to be faffing around it. I do my makeup at 6am and the quicker I can do my makeup, the longer I can have in bed haha! I do sometimes contour for nights out or special occasions

I think I’m somewhere between contouring and bronzing. I use NYC Sunny or TheBalm Bahama Mama lightly around my hairline and down the hollows of my cheeks just for a healthy colorful glow so my face doesn’t look so flat after foundation and powder!

I’d like to try some of the new highlight/contour cream pens/pencils with the Real Techniques Bold Metals contour brush – the flat top-ish one 🙂

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I have very defined bone structure so it entirely depends on my mood and the level of coverage in my base products. For more casual looks, when I am wearing TM or a BB/CC cream, I tend to take a pass. If I am wearing a heavier foundation for a more detailed makeup look (Born this Way is a good example), I find I need to add back the dimension to my face and definitely will go with contour. Contour favs are usually a satin to matte bronzer such as Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar (very subtle on NC20-25) or Illamasqua gel sculpt for an excellent completely neutral gel based contour product.. it really rocks and looks incredibly natural! It’s like a gel based version of Chanel Notorious…but not quite as grey or cool in tone.

Only for performances, really. I am freckly, contouring doesn’t look great on me, and I’m kind of over it

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I usually brush some cool-toned bronzer underneath my cheekbones but that’s about it. From what I’ve seen doing it properly is a time-consuming technique to learn and get right and I value expediency in my everyday routine (I would rather just use those minutes to sleep in the morning).

It doesn’t, although I bought a contour powder last year and I play around with contouring when I’m at home trying out new products or colour combinations. I’d like to get some level of skill before I leave the house.

I have a round face and I need contour in my life. I’m pale and fat, otherwise my face will just look like a full moon… hahahaha

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