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Heard lots about contouring but don’t really know what it is? Then read on.
Contouring is a fantastic way to help enhance your best features and even disguise your not so favourite bits!!
But what is Contouring?
Contouring put simply is light and shade, by creating shadows with shade and using highlights to enhance you can flatter your face in minutes.
How do I Contour?
First find out what your face shape is. A good way to do this is to stand in front of a mirror and use lip stick to draw around the outline of your face- this way you can easily see your natural shape.
When starting off I would practice with concealer, take one shade that is too light and another that is a few shades too dark, then starting with the lightest shade of concealer apply to the areas of the face you wish to accentuate.
Highlighting brings an area forward and makes it stand out where as shading makes an area appear further back and gives the illusion of more depth.
Common areas to highlight are under the brow bone- this flatters every one, and a “C” shape around the eye socket.
Looking at your face shape will help you determine where else is good to highlight. For example if you have a round face and you would like it to appear slimmer you would highlight the forehead, down the bridge of the nose and a dab on the chin, by keeping highlights down the centre of the face you are bringing it forward and creating more depth, however if you have a very slim face then highlighter should be applied to the sides of the face to the temple area and at both sides of the nose (but not on the nose) outwards towards the cheeks- this gives the illusion of a wider face.
Don’t worry if the concealer looks too light at this point.
Next take the darker concealer- remember you use the dark to create shadows so it does need to be a good few shades darker than your own skin tone. Looking at your face decide where you would like to create more depth, shading under the cheek bones to give the illusion of more prominent cheekbones is useful if you have a round face or if you have fab cheek bones and you wish to enhance them!
To find the correct area use a make- up brush as a guide and place it underneath your cheek bone, tuck it right under to see the area you should shade, it needs to come from the hair line, round faces may also wish to shade the outer areas of their forehead and down towards the outside of the temples to give the illusion of a slimmer face.
After you have applied the concealer to the desired areas you probably look quite funny! Now comes the blending
Take a small amount of your usual foundation and a brush – I prefer a small blusher brush to apply foundation as I find it buffs into the skin better, and apply over the top blending in circular motions as you go- always start with the lighter areas and work your way round to the darker areas.
After blending them altogether you will be able to see the overall effect of contouring.
There are many uses for contouring such as long chins, wide noses but all you need to remember is light and shade, light accentuates and throws things forward and shade provides shadow and adds depth.
Have fun playing! You can always take it off it’s only make up after all.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can experiment with products to help create and enhance the look further.
Good highlighter include- MAC’s Strobe cream
Benefit’s High Beam
And for smaller budgets the Body Shop’s Radiant Highlighter.
For shading any bronzing powder will work.
To book your own contouring lesson contact Lorraine on 07846699875 or visit the contact Lorraine page.