Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BASICS: Contouring

Where would I contour on my face? Contouring is for giving shape, definition, depth and to create shadows on your face. I like to contour to give my face more of a shape and to slim down certain areas. 

Under Cheek Bones...
Creating that shadow under your cheek bones makes your cheeks look more defined, chiseled, and structured. A fluffy angled brush makes it easier to contour your cheek area with a bronzer or powder thats a few shades darker that your natural skin tone. 
Most people who contour around their nose area is to change the shape of their nose or make it look thinner. By applying a powder thats a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone will create a shadow down the side of your nose which will make your nose look more slim. Make sure you blend the line out down the side so its not so harsh. 

Temples or Sides of Forehead...
By adding a darker powder to the sides of your temples will make the top half of your face look a little bit slimmer. If you add some darker powder on the top of your forehead, you will give the illusion that your forehead is smaller. 

.Powders Great For Contouring. 
( * = products that I love using)

Bare Escentuals
* Faux Tan (matte or original) $18- loose mineral powder, brown based

Warmth $18- loose mineral powder, red undertone
*Any pressed powder thats a few shades darker than your skin tone
.Great Brushes for this Technique.
Bare Escentuals- Angled Blush Brush
Bare Escentuals- Angled Face Brush
Bare Escentuals-Tapered Blush Brush
MAC- 109 Small Contour Brush
MAC- 138 Tapered Face Brush
MAC- 168 Large Angled Contour Brush
Sigma- F40 Large Angled Contour
Sigma- F05 Small Contour

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