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Could This Be The *Best* Contouring Hack For Round Faces?

If you're conscious of your full cheeks, this is a step you shouldn't skip.
What Is Vertical Contour, the best contouring hack for Asian faces
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) TikTok/Janevienn, Too Cool For School

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It looks like we've been contouring the *wrong* way all our lives. And if you still remember the heydays of YouTube makeup tutorials and the perfect Instagram face, you would know that people took contouring seriously. Baking and sculpting were deemed the best ways to do it. But now, we're. Thanks to TikTok, a new technique was born, and it's especially made for Asian faces

Contouring brings out the facial bone structure. This makeup technique adds shadows and depth to the face, creating dimension and definition. Most Asians have round faces, and the contouring we have known isn't exactly the best for our features. 

Mirchelley from TikTok shared a video of a pro makeup artist teaching the proper way to contour Asian faces. Instead of sweeping the contouring powder under the cheekbones, the MUA suggested doing it vertically.


Mirchelly tried it for herself, and swept on the sides of her face, from her ear down to her chin. She was impressed! See the video for yourself here:

@mirchelleytiktok i am ditching my old contouring technique fr #contour #contouring #contouringhacks #makeuptutorial #makeupartist #makeuphacks #viralmakeup ? Super Shy - NewJeans

Here's another way to sculpt your face from TikToker, Sarah. She applied contouring powder to the area below her cheekbones down to her jawline. This is actually super cool, too! You can see how it created a slimming effect on the face.

@cwassaunt Vertical contouring?? And the fact that it actually works is insane (FOR ME PERSONALLY) Idea fron @Mirchelley ???? #contour #verticalcontour ? Lancey or Lancey - Jami

Here's another one that uses a cream contour stick:

@janevienn Trying the vertical contour / asian contour makeup trend Can you guys see a difference? The vertical contour definitely slims down my face???? #verticalcontour #asianmakeup #asianmakeuptips #asiancontour #makeup #makeuptip #makeuphacks #contour #makeuptutorial #rarebeauty #rarebeautycontour ? See Tình (Remix) - Giây Phút Em G?p Anh - Cukak & Hoàng Thu? Linh

Are you willing to try out this technique? Check out these contouring products below:

Issy Contour Powder Inserts
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Issy Contour Powder Inserts, P249 each, Shopee

The neutral undertones of these contour powders make for the perfect contouring shade to mimic the shadows of the face.


Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin 1.5 Neutral Palette
Too Cool For School

Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin 1.5 Neutral Palette, P550, Shopee

This bestselling K-beauty contour palette delivers a subtle shadow on the skin. It's perfect for those who aren't used to contouring their faces since the light pigment won't look awkward on the skin.



Nudestix Tinted Blur Sculpt Stix

Nudestix Tinted Blur Sculpt Stix, P2,050, Sephora

A creamy and easy-to-blend contouring stick that will help you define your face shape.


Hoola Matte Bronzer
Benefit Cosmetics

Hoola Matte Bronzer, P2,100, Sephora

A makeup artist staple, this matte bronzer will give warmth to your complexion, plus help sculpt the face.


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