Contouring

Contouring is all the rage: to make your cheek bones more defined, slims your nose, and makes your overall face seem thinner who wouldn’t want to get in on this style? Whether you’re going for a subtle way to add some definition to your features or full chabang Kim K., here are some tips on the craze of contouring.


Products:

You can use either liquid or powder products for this look – do what you’re most comfortable using. Liquid can be easier to blend out but powder is (likely!) something you have in your makeup bag already.

Contour: Find a good bronzer that is a noticeable shade darker than your skin tone. My favorite is Benefit’s Hoola bronzer.

Highlight: Just the opposite – find a nice light tone with, or without shimmer, depending on the look you’re going for. In this video I use the Too Faced Natural Face palette’s brightening cream. Benefit’s High Beam illuminator is the best for a shimmery, dolled up look.

Blush: To bring some colour and focus to your now-rockin’ cheekbones use your favorite blush. Whether it’s a bright pink like Benefit’s Bella Bamba or something more subtle like their Dandelion ballerina pink this will help brighten up your face. In this video I use the Body Shop’s Shimmer Waves face powder.


Brushes:

  • To contour you want an angled brush that will really help you build up the line under your cheek bones.
  • In the video I use my finger for the highlighter – I find it gives me better control for applying it to the right areas, but you can also use a powder brush.
  • To blend it all out (so there’s no noticeable lines) use a nice big fluffy brush – my favorite is my kabooki brush which you can find at any beauty or drug store.

How-to:

Contour:

  • Imagine a line drawn down each side of your face from your ears to the corners of your lips – apply your darker colour here. (You can suck in like a fishy to help see where your cheekbones pop!)
  • A light amount down each side of your nose, blending it away from the bridge.
  • Apply the bronzer across the top of your forehead and temples, following your hair line.
  • Even out your look – make sure that you’ve applied a bit of the darker colour to under your chin and jawline, and down your neck.

Illuminate:

  • Down the bridge of your nose.
  • Tops of your cheek bones.
  • If you’re looking for some extra brightening – apply to the inner corners of your eyes, chin, cupids bow, and under the arc of your brows.

Blend:

  • Blend blend blend!! Make sure there are no harsh lines left.

What are your favorite products for contouring/highlighting? Any tips and tricks you’ve found??

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