Monday, December 5, 2011
Sup, people? It's Caro. Contouring is tricky business! It's hard to get that defined face shape we like, but I'm going to do my best to show you how and still look natural.
If you look at the pictures above, you can't really see the contouring. That's the point! Beware muddy brown lines under your cheekbones. That may make your cheeks look prominent, but it will also make you look like you don't really know what you're doing. We're young. Natural, glowy finishes are what we want.
So I'm going to take these pictures and edit them to show you exactly where I put my bronzer, highlighter, and blush. You'll be surprised!
Attractive, right? I know. Hot.
Anyway, this is just to show you roughly where I put my contouring.
Step 1: Take a bronzer a few shades darker than your skin (cream bronzer is the most natural) and apply it under the cheekbones, right above the jaw line, down the sides of the nose, and up around your forehead down into your temples.
Step 2: Use your favorite highlighter (shimmery ones are my personal favorite) and put it on the tops of your cheekbones, on your chin, on the bridge of your nose, on the center of your forehead, and right at the top sides of your nose. You can even put a little dab on your cupid's bow above your lip if you're into the plump lip look.
Step 3: If you're using cream products, blend out with a bit of your foundation (but if you do this, don't put on a whole face of foundation first. Start with the contouring and THEN blend with your foundation). If you're using powders, dust a bit of translucent powder onto a stiff kabuki brush and just blend, blend, blend. For difficult areas, you can use your fingers to really work it out.
Step 4: Use a pink blush and lightly blend it onto your cheekbones. Don't smile and put it on the apples of your cheeks, because this messes with the shape we're creating. Just sort of blend it into the area where the highlighter and bronzer meet.
And that's it. If you go all out, this can be time consuming. But the more you do it, the quicker you get.
Good luck! Comment below if you have any questions and I'll be sure to answer. Just.... don't leave the house with brown stripes all over your face and tell everyone I told you how to do it. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!!
(And just for fun because I'm a fangirl)