Basics: How to Contour9:00 AM
Happy weekend everyone! Today I wanted to share another "Basics" tutorial that I've gotten several requests for over the years. For some reason, I never got around to making a contouring how-to before but I finally have one here for you today!
Contouring is one of those tricky topics because it is a very basic element to makeup artistry and yet, it's often an advanced step for the average woman to apply to her daily makeup routine. Maybe you have never thought of doing it for years and maybe, one day, you take the bronzer plunge and get ridiculously obsessed and can't imagine life without Bronzer and completely fall deeply in love with its sexy face-enhancing abilities and never look back! (This has happened before, am I right my bronzer-lovin' ladies?)
Yes, this rather simple method to making your face look slimmer without plastic surgery, dieting, exercise, or great lighting is a wonderful trick to have for any "looking extra awesome" occasions especially when you know you will be in the spotlight where a lot of photos will be taken. Check out the video below!
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
Stila Bronzing Powder in 01
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful
Eyes - Urban Decay Naked Basics (my review)
Foundation - Neutrogena Healthy Skin in 60 Natural Beige
Lipstick - Too Faced La Creme in Spice Spice Baby
Nails - Essie Chinchilly (my review)
Sweater - Modern Lux
To see as a quick guideline, here is an illustration of the basic areas that I contour. If you think about how sunlight would naturally hit your face, contouring falls where the shadows are so by adding darkness we are in essence bringing out the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
The biggest tip I can give with any contouring is to use a light hand, especially around the nose area. You can always add more if it doesn't show up enough but it is much harder to hide when you've added too much and your nose starts to look dirty instead of slim, sleek, and naturally straight! Also, blend, blend, blend out any harsh edges so it really looks like shadow and isn't distracting.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that it helps for those of you who were interested in contouring. I really want to make doing these basics lessons a priority since it seems to be one of the most helpful types of tutorials I've done so let me know in the comments if you like them and what basic you'd like to see next!
Readers, are you a regular contourer or bronzing newbie? What is your favorite bronzer? Let me know in the comments!