How to Contour a Round Face: Steps and Tips

We are all born with gorgeous features, but sometimes we feel the need the accentuate these features and thanks to make-up we can!

Okay, so contouring is basically using “a matte pencil, cream or powder product that is two shades darker than your skin tone in the areas you would like to play up or add some definition; such as the chin, nose,  forehead, and cheekbones.

How to contour a round face

How to contour it – before and after

When it comes to contouring, it’s very important to know your face shape,  a round face is characterized by slightly outward curves, with a rounded chin and a wide cheekbone area. Usually, the face is as long as it is wide.

For round face shapes, the ultimate goal of contouring (okay, definitely beside taking beautiful selfies!) is slimming, shading and sculpting it to create gorgeously perfect cheekbones where none existed.

Additionally, contouring a round face shape isn’t all about adding definitions to the already existing angular ones but rather on mastering other techniques that can and will actually work for this angular free face shape.

Where to Contour if you have a round face

  • Starting from the ears to the area below the cheekbones and to the middle of your cheeks, curving to the jawline in order to create a lengthened illusion of your face.
  • The sides of the forehead and along the temples to make it appear narrow.

Contouring tips and tricks

  1. Since round faces are more ‘cheeky’ as compared to other shapes, mimicking the notorious ‘duck face’ with a slightly closed smile and a ¾ turn to the side helps you to easily determine the upper part of your cheeks. This will enable you to differentiate the upper and lower part f the face and hence you will know exactly where to shade or contour.
  2. First and foremost, highlight the areas that need to be highlighted (cheekbones, bridge of your nose downwards and apples of cheeks) before contouring. According to celebrity makeup artist and Dior Beautybrand ambassador Daniel Martin,  “using your fingers to apply a highlighter is advisable since you feel the placement, which will allow you to  create depth around your face thus making contouring easy.”
  3. Focus on shading below the cheekbones. Again Daniel Martin suggests “a full contour in the daytime isn’t friendly to natural light despite the skills you have. Instead advocates for skipping the forehead, chin, and nose while contouring but instead apply highlighter to these areas during the day: since the daylight will make them pop hence eliminating the need to create depth at the sides of your nose.

And on the cheekbones, he suggests using products that are 2-3 shades deeper than your skin tone preferably with very little shimmer.

Contouring step by step guide

Contouring to highlighting is what a sports car is to men or better still, chocolate syrup is to vanilla ice cream. In simpler terms, they are just best together!

Correct contouring

Correct contouring

How to contour a round face

Step by step guide

Highlighting balances out contouring by flattering the areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. So, for a proper highlight, use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone or one that accentuates your complexion to bring prominence to the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.”


  • Highlight the upper cheekbone.
  • Highlight above and to the brow bone blending towards the temple.
  • Apply a highlighter on the entire eyelid and the inner corner of the eye as well as the bridge of the nose.
  • Just above the upper lip at the center, to enhance and outline the lips

Consider applying concealer under the chin and blending in an up-down with back and forth motions if you have a double chin.


  • illuminate the upper parts of the cheekbone and the brow bone slightly blending it with a light shade.
  • Illuminate the central part of the lip just above the upper lip.


To make the face look longer by decreasing the volume of the cheeks, apply the product from the hairline (level with the middle ear) at the cheekbones and blend it towards the mouth.

To recap, to contour a round face shape, you need to define your features and create a slimming, lengthening effect in order to give the illusion of perfection, sculptured cheekbones where none were whether you have a chubby round face or just a normal round face. To sculptured cheekbones for all!


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