Contouring was once reserved for beauty experts and makeup pros, but now the technique is spotted on everyone from our favorite YouTubers to the girl next door. But if you don’t have the proper technique, the look can be all types of wrong in an instant. Learn to enhance and define your facial structure from our Instagram favorites and use the techniques and products on yourself. Tip: dark colors create definition, while light colors add natural highlights.
1. To create a moisturizing and protective base for the make-up, gently massage Prep+Prime Skin Primer onto a clean face.
2. Using a concealer brush, apply lighter concealer (MAC Select Cover Up) to the center of the forehead, in between the eyebrows, along the bridge of the nose, under the eyes and on the cheekbones, as well as the chin and jaw-line.
3. Using a concealer brush, apply darker concealer (MAC Select Cover Up) under the cheek bones, on both sides of the nose, along the hairline and under the chin.
4. For a natural airbrush finish, use a Buffer Brush, in a circular motion to gently blend the two shades of concealer. For a lasting and perfect finish, using a Powder/Blush Brush, apply lighter powder on highlighted areas, and darker powder on contoured areas.
1. After applying my everyday moisturizer and foundation, I used a small concealer brush to apply Graphtobian's Creme Foundation in Buttermilk to any parts of my face that the light would naturally hit such as, above my eyebrows and along my brow bone, the bridge of my nose, under my eyes, and the top of my cheekbones.
2. Next, I used the Pointed Foundation Brush by Real Techniques to apply Graphtobian's Sienna Creme Foundation to the hollows of my cheeks, along the sides of my nose, along my hairline, and through the crease of my eyelids.
3 Next, I used the Real Techniques' Buffing Brush to blend both colors together, using even circular motions, removing all harsh lines.
4. Then, I used a damp sponge to apply Ben Nye's Banana Luxury Powder to set the highlight and Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer in Toasted to set the contour.
5. After allowing the powders to settle, I used a large fluffy brush to sweep off any excess powder.
6. Lastly, I apply 5-6 spritzes of Skindinavia's Makeup Finishing Spray to set the powders.
1. After skin care routine and foundation primer, I use Ashunta Sheriff's new foundation stick Perfect Blend in Tan. It is dual ended with a lighter shade and darker shade. 2. I place the lighter shade on the places I want highlighted and repeat the process for the darker side (contour). 3. I then take a Beauty Blender or makeup sponge and blend the two shades together. This makes for a perfectly highlighted and contoured face without all the products! 4. I set the contour with a bronzer with minimal shimmer; Medium/deep by MaryKay, then set my entire face with translucent powder.
1. Start with your own skin prep. 2. Then, do some highlighting using a foundation that is two shades lighter. I use the highligher under the eyes, on the brow bone, the bridge of your nose and in the center of your forehead. 3. Using foundation that's two shades darker, I apply it along the hairline, in the crease of the eyelid, on the underside of the cheekbone and on the sides of the nose, for a little extra thinning. 4. Start blending with a damp sponge. Set it with a banana powder. Use the contour powder for a extra detailing and then spray with the finishing sheen.
1. Start with clean and moisturizer skin. 2. First apply concealer (highlight) to the t-zone area which is your forehead, the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, upper lip and chin area. Using your fingers or a small stippling brush, blend out the highlight. 3. Next, in all the areas that there isn't any highlight, I use MAC liquid foundation and blend that into the highlight with a foundation brush. 4. Set the highlight with banana powder and set the foundation with a HD powder using a foundation brush so that it's light coverage and not putting too much powder on your face. 5. Then I use Black Radiance pressed powder for the contouring so you don't get a heavy contour on your face. I prefer something very natural but still noticeable. 6. Then brush the darker color under your cheekbones around your hairline and on the sides of my nose.