Thank you for stopping by Beauty A-Z! Today I’m discussing simple contouring tips.
I idealize everything in my life, including how posts are going to come together. I feel that I have a simple and efficient contouring routine down, but you know what I can’t grasp? The ability to take pictures or to be home during times of sunlight. truthfully, the pictures don’t do the makeup justice. Any DSLR tips are welcome.
Moving on. Contouring is a makeup technique used to enhance and highlight your features. It’s taking over the makeup world nowadays, and seems like an intimidating task. While I don’t contour every day, I feel it can be done with little time and effort.
Before we begin:
- If you’re fair-skinned, you may want to skip the bronzer. While many kits include bronze shades for shaping, us light-skinned gals are better off using a foundation or pressed powder a shade or two darker than our tone; bronzer is too harsh a contrast. I used the lightest shade in the It Cosmetics palette.
- A contouring palette is not necessary. All you need is bronzer and highlighter. You could also use a taupe or gray eye shadow in a pinch.
- You don’t have to use powder bronzer and highlighter: feel free to use cream or liquid. They’re easier to work with if you’re a not comfortable blending powder.
- You don’t have to use specialty brushes. For the shading step, an eye shadow brush or beauty sponge will do. You can highlight with your fingertips.
- The most important thing to remember is that contouring is meant to be subtle.
- Apply foundation first. I wore Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation.
- Take your bronzer or darker shade and, using brush of your choice, draw a line from top of your ear and swipe it down your face, under the cheekbone. You can do the “fish face” in the mirror, but I prefer this method. Don’t take the line all the way to your mouth- that’s for drag makeup, not every day.
- Blend. Harsh, straight lines give it away. You want it to look natural.
- Highlight. I posted my highlighting tips here. Think of drawing a heart on your face: you want to highlight within the heart, not outside of it.
- Apply blush to apples of cheeks.
- After you’re satisfied with your job, finish it with powder. I applied setting powder with a stippling brush; it’s best for a high definition look, and won’t disturb your hard work.
The collage below gives you more ideas on contouring products. NYX Cosmetics is debuting a contouring palette in their spring release; I can’t wait to scoop that up!
Ulta Contour Kit // It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face // Tarte Bamboo Contouring Brush // MAC 217 Blending Brush // Stila Sculpt and Shade Custom Contour Duo // Tarte Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette // elf Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream // elf Studio Fan Brush // Lancome Duo Contour and Highlighting Stick //
Do you contour? What are your favorite products?
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