The Art of Contouring


The Art of Contouring

I rarely write about beauty, for some reason, so I thought I would begin to share the secrets I have learned and continue to learn as a wannabe beauty guru.  🙂  Today is all about contouring.

First, let me give you a little refresher – Dark shades make objects recede and lighter shades bring objects forward.  So, with that said, you can change the shape of your face with a few simple applications of a contour shade or a highlight shade.

To get you started, here are a few simple steps to follow if you are new to contouring:

1.  Always begin the contouring process with a bit of prep!  Apply your concealer and foundation before beginning the contouring process.  I like to apply concealer in a triangle shape under the eyes, because it helps to brighten the eye area (highlight) immediately.

2.  You can never go wrong by concentrating on contouring your cheeks.  If you are unsure about what you want to contour, start with your cheeks.  Everyone looks better with higher and pronounced cheekbones.  How do you think Audrey Hepburn got these cheeks?

To begin the contour, choose a matte bronzer or contouring powder that is no more than one or two shades darker than your skin tone.  I’d recommend one shade darker for you newbies.  Suck in your cheeks like a fishy and sweep the color into the hollow of your cheekbones.  Blend well!  There is nothing worse than a visible contour line…except for a visible panty line.  LOL!  After blending apply your preferred blush to the apples of your cheeks.  Keira Knightley got her contour perfect!  Not too much!!

3.  The final step to contouring is adding a highlighter.  Dust an iridescent powder over the parts of your face the light would naturally hit – cheekbones, bridge of nose, and browbones.  If you are fair choose an icy tone and if you have a warm complexion choose a highlighter with a golden glow.  Avoid glitter in your highlighter, as it calls attention to tiny wrinkles.  😦   Notice how Kate Hudson’s face glows?  That’s the highlighter!!!

I really enjoy playing with my makeup applications and I hope this post inspires you to go back and do a little playing of your own!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them for me!  I’d love your feedback.

As always, thank you for stopping by my blog!




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