Challenge #49 : How To Contour
I don’t normally wear much makeup, but when I do — especially with some heavy contouring, I totally don’t look like myself anymore! You can highlight, shade and contour in many different ways. Some people like to use powder, cream or liquid. And you can do it more dramatic (think theatre) or more soft (think everyday look). It’s just a matter of preference. For this look, I applied a full face of foundation first, using a colour that matched my skintone. Then I applied a medium and dark cream based concealer on areas I wanted to accentuate, shade and contour for more dimension in my face.
Typically you want to accentuate your cheekbones, nose bridge, jawline, temples of the forehead. Where to contour depends on your natural features though. If you don’t have a strong jaw, you may not need to contour that area. At first it looks kind of scary, but the key is blending! I like to use Make Up For Ever’s #100 brush for blending, while using some powder foundation on top to soften all the contour lines.
I used a lot of bronzer to bring my contouring up a notch. Sometimes drawing a number “3″ on your face helps. For example, from temples, to cheeks, to jaw forms a number “3″ shape. Heavy eyeshadow and strong brows that lead into the nose bridge contour lines help to make my features look sharper, and creates more depth. Drawing an eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyelids also creates more shape to my eyes and makes them stand out more.
Products used : Guerlain Orchidée Impériale in “The Rich Cream,” Annabelle Colour Control Instant Perfecting Base in “Natural Finish,” Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in “#1,” Face Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet in “Light” and “Medium,” M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer in “NW50,” MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Powder Foundation in “#120 Neutral Ivory,” Annabelle Biggy Zebra Bronzer, NYC New York Color Individual Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in “#940 Central Park,” Annabelle Eyeshadow in “Ebony,” Sothys Graphic Kohl Liner in “#1 Noir Profound,” Rimmel London Scandaleyes Curve Alert Mascara in “#001 Black,” Nars Larger Than Life Lipgloss in “Gold Digger”
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