If you’ve ever seen photos of celebrities without their makeup, you know that the larger-than-life beauty that many women have are from employing gifted makeup artists and stylists to help them achieve a constantly polished, supermodel look. The same tricks the celebrities use are readily available to you — false lashes, facials, human hair extensions, and facial contouring that adds dimension to the face.
Don’t be afraid to experiment a little with it. Practice makes perfect, so be sure to practice a few times and get the opinion of trusted friends before using contouring for a big or important get-together. With just a few practice sessions, you should be able to see a dramatic difference in your overall look. When contouring, be sure to adjust the amount of contour to the occasion. A red-carpet or evening event where you are dressed to the nines could allow for dark areas of bronzer and highlights, but wearing this much makeup to the grocery store would make bystanders wonder if Halloween is coming. Be sure to use discretion on how much make up you wear, based on the occasion. The trick is to apply enough makeup so that your features are defined, but blending well enough to create an appropriate balance.
The goal of contouring is to define features and bring the face to as close to an oval shape as possible, which is largely considered the ideal face shape. With contouring, you’re always going to do two things. The first is shading, which means that you’re going to take certain features and make them recede from view. The second is highlighting, which creates the illusion of bringing a feature out. The shaded and highlighted areas all depend on what your face shape is and your most prominent features.
Shading products should be one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Highlighting products should be one shade darker than your natural skin tone. Be sure not to over-highlight your cheekbones — they are the most prominent part of your face when you smile. Do an internet search to determine what your face shape is and which features your face shape generally highlights.
After applying your highlighting and shading products, blend, blend, blend to make sure your face looks dewy and natural. Blending is the most important part of contouring, because it’s what completes the illusion. If you don’t blend enough, you’ll just end up with awkward makeup lines on your face.
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