How to Contour: A Beginners' Guide

Cheekbones so sharp, you can throw away your knives.

Woman doing contour
(Image credit: Kathryn Wirsing)

I'm going to tell you something, and you're going to refuse t0 believe me: Contouring is really easy. Seriously. Because even though Instagram contouring has turned into a 12-step, 20-product process that requires a degree in fine arts or the last name Kardashian to master, everyday contouring requires just a few minutes, a couple of products, and absolutely zero reality TV fame. And to prove to you just how simple a basic contour can be, we've created the world's easiest tutorial, ahead.

Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.