How-to-Tuesday: Heart Contouring

Contouring is a trend still going strong in 2017. People love to re-create this look to give them chiseled cheekbones and more defined facial features, no plastic surgery required. But, it can be a difficult task to master. You’ve probably watched endless YouTube tutorials hoping you would look as flawless as your favorite beauty blogger, but you had neither the time nor energy to master it properly. Now, there’s a much more efficient way of achieving this look. Heart contouring gives you the perfect cheekbones without the time or hassle, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Beauty bloggers such as Tania Lodi and Arshia Moorjani have taken this trend and each put their own twist on it. For step by step instructions on how to heart contour, look below:

  1. Using liquid concealer, create tiny hearts under your eyes and down onto the top part of each cheek.Choose a shade that matches your skin tone or is slightly lighter, and then begin drawing three rows of hearts underneath your eyes, the top row containing four, then three, then two.
  2. Use a darker concealer along the hollows of your cheekbones. Take another concealer or cream matte bronzer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone and dot it along the cheekbones. This creates a more natural contoured look.
  3. Optional: Create hearts with the same dark formula lining the hair line. Tania uses this technique in her video, but Arshia (pictured above) opts out of doing this. She still successfully pulled of the look, so it’s a preference.
  4. Blend the formula. Fist blend the light concealer, followed by the darker dots.
  5. That’s it! After, put on your eye look of choice, blush, highlighter, a lip color, and any other last minute touch-ups of this look. You’ll look like a flawless contoured goddess in no time.

If you’re looking for a more low-key contoured look, Aly Frankel, Creator of NudeStix, showed Cosmopolitan how to do an entire face using only hearts and four makeup products. Here is the how-to:


Credit: Cosmopolitan

  1. Highlight from the center of the brows, ending the heart at the apples of your cheeks.
  2. Create an adjacent hook from that side of the heart. It will act as a highlighter.
  3. Use a darker contour stick to create the other half of the heart onto the cheek.
  4. Use the same dark contour stick to line the perimeter of your face in a heart shape.
  5. Draw a tiny heart as blush on each cheek.
  6. Blend, blend, blend!
  7. Draw one heart on the eyelids with a shimmery pencil (or other shimmery makeup). Draw a larger heart in a bronze shade over the first heart, and blend.
  8. Draw a heart in the center of the lips, then around the lips, then blend.
  9. Optional: Add more color to your eyes or cheekbones, if need be.

Michaela Hoffman is the VioletVision Editor. Email her at

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