Next in the ‘Makeup 101’ will probably be the most helpful to some of you. Yes… it is contouring. Contouring is quite a hard trick to master and it will take a while, but practice makes perfect… and so does the right tips to master it!
Contour products most commonly found on the shelves are powder contour products and cream/stick contour products. Many have there preferences for example I am more of a powder contour person than a cream or stick person. But to find which is best for you, you try have to try them out and see which one you prefer. Contour products are best applied with an angle brush or makeup sponge to fit on the natural hollows of the face for better control whilst blending.
The key to contouring is to apply lightly and to build up where necessary.
To contour you need a pea sized amount of cream or a small amount of powder on your brush and then press the product into the hollows of your face including the temples, the side of the nose, the hollows under the cheeks and just under the jawline.
*If you want to achieve the most natural application keep the fuller side of the brush towards your cheek.*
After application blend upwards and outwards towards the hairline, for areas from the cheeks up and down towards the neck if your contouring your jaw, until it looks seamless… Nobody wants a smudge of brown looking unnatural on their face!
Highlighters come in all sorts of forms, powders or liquids or cream and can even have a variation of shimmer in them. Concealer is also sometimes used as a highlighter. I like to use a fan brush to apply it creating a youthful and ethereal glow.
Highlighting helps finish off your contoured look because it emphasizes the spots hit by the sun against the hollows you have created against the sun. You can use any formula that you prefer to cover your cheekbones, brow bone, down the bridge of your nose, and on your cupids bow.
Have you checked out the rest of my ‘Makeup 101’ series? Find it here.