I’m a make-up artist & you’ve been doing your contour all wrong, drawing lines on your face to start is a big mistake

A PROFESSIONAL make-up artist has revealed the do’s and don’ts of contouring – including how we’ve all been doing it wrong by starting by drawing a line on our face.

Martha, who goes by the name marthas_make-up on TikTok, has amassed quite the following thanks to her beauty tips and tricks, and her latest offering is no different. 

Sharing her contouring tutorial on TikTok, Martha began by lifting the lid on the common mistakes beauty fans have picked up since contouring became a trend.

Martha explains: “Ok, let’s go over the worse ways to apply your contour – and we’ve all done them. We’re all guilty of them.

“Number one is going to rub a few people up the wrong way. Drawing the lines on your face – no, no.”

The TikToker went on to say that while some people can master that particular technique, most end up ruining their make-up and should follow an altogether simpler alternative.

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Martha continues: “Listen, it looks cool, and I’m not saying that it doesn’t work because it can. 

“But I’m saying that it’s easier to take a brush, tap it onto the contour stick and then tap it on to your face.

“Why? Because drawing those lines then leads to you rubbing them to blend and all you’re doing is taking your foundation from underneath off, and moving your entire base around.

“So it’s going to look patchy and cakey, and obviously it just stays harsh [looking] anyway. And it doesn’t look good.”

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With that beauty myth well and truly cleared up, Martha goes on to share her failsafe process and the other errors she avoids. 

She applies it with the tapping technique she described previously, using a blusher style brush. 

Then she explains: “Number two is placing contour too low or blending it downwards.

“Contour is supposed to go generally from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth.

She then demonstrates once more, showing how she taps in a downward motion across the side of the face, while blending upwards. 

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Martha adds: “This is because it gives you a really nice lifting effect and it doesn’t look like you just have a dark patch on the bottom of your face.” 

Later, she dispels a third common thought about contouring, and says that many forget to wait for the foundation to have fully sunk in before starting the process.

She concludes: “Always wait for the previous layer of make-up to dry – please. So it doesn’t all melt together and create a muddy patch. But it actually looks nice.” 


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