Defining your features doesn’t necessarily mean that you should always go full throttle with the whole contouring and highlighting regime. Sometimes all it takes is enhancing just one feature on your face to do the job. For instance, adding a little liquid highlighter directly to the cheekbones or a touch of powder highlighter to accentuate the brow bones is all you need. It’s those little beauty tips that only take a minute to do but make all the difference.
It’s important to remember that it’s a step by step process and not to rush the experience. Some of you may get the contouring technique right away, while others need extra time. In any case you’ve come to the right place because we always have plenty of great beauty and eye makeup tips up our sleeves and sharing them is the best part 🙂
Right now the trend for contouring your face is to make it look a little more chiseled. You can do this by sculpting your cheekbones, lifting your eyes, slimming down your jawline, and plumping your lips. With the magic of makeup, it is easy to create these beauty illusions. You will need to apply makeup that is two shades darker then your normal skin tone to your jawline, hairline, and the hollows of your cheekbones, and then two shades lighter to your brow bones, cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, top of your chin, and cupid’s bow. It is very important to be subtle in your application…we do not want you looking like someone decided to use your face as their private canvas.
We suggest using a cream or powder based contour. There are many contouring palettes available now that have a variety of shades but unless you are a professional makeup artist, it is not worth the money and the makeup will go bad if it sits for more then twelve months.) In the summer time your skin tends to get a little darker, so it is okay to purchase five shades for your contouring palette just in case you need it! Better to be prepared then not prepared:) Beth says that for most of the year and changes of seasons, you will only need 2 shades. It is very important that your darker contouring shade is always matte. However, your lighter contouring shade can be matte or have a slight shimmer. (A few makeup contouring brands in cream and powder base that we love include: Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Too Faced, Mineral Fusion, and Smashbox)
In My Cousin Vinny, Marissa Tome says, “and you blend?” one of my favorite movie lines of all time, because it is one of the major key steps to contouring and defining your face. Nothing is worse than seeing a “beauty” who forgot to blend their makeup or was never even taught the importance of BLENDING! Well, no worries…That is what we are here for! So, you have applied your 2 shades in all the proper contouring parts of your face, now you need to blend them together so that NO ONE can tell you even applied contouring makeup on your face. You can use your fingers, a sponge or a contouring brush. For a natural look, make sure you blend your contouring makeup thoroughly after each step. Once you are finished blending, take a clean fluffy makeup brush and go over your entire face with it making sure that no lines or streaks exist. Your face should be streak free and your makeup should be blended to perfection!
Now that you are finished blending your makeup there is one more important step involved before you can make a public appearance…Beth suggests, “walk over to a window or a door and always check your face in the natural light. This will ensure that you have not over done your contouring.” Once you are sure that it looks natural, head on out!
As we have said before, go ahead and use your fingers when blending creams and liquid contouring makeup. However, if you decide to use powder contouring makeup then we suggest using a makeup contour brush. How To Use: Flat Brush: use the side to apply contouring powder and the top of the brush to blend. Angled Brush: To apply your highlighter powder this brush helps to correctly place it. Fluffy Brush: This brush is perfect for your final overall blending of your contouring makeup application. It will give you an even, airbrushed look.
**You can find some decent flat-top brushes, angled brushes, and fluffy brushes at your local beauty supply store, CVS Beauty Department or Target. (Brushes we love: Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, It Cosmetics and MUA Professional)
*image courtesy of bclinic.com.au
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