Many women out there don’t understand the importance of highlighting and contouring and how you can truly transform your face shape with a few steps. I have put together some easy to follow techniques & a product list to get you started.
The tools you will need:
- Corrective concealer palette
- Matte shadow in neutral tones
- Setting powder
- Brightening powder/liquid
- Illuminating shadows
- Angled eye & cheek brush
- Small domed tip brush
- The first thing you need to know is the difference between the 2, and when and where you apply the product to achieve the look.
- Highlighting effect will bring attention to an area. For example; brow bone, cheek bone, inner corner of the eye.
- You can achieve this quite simply by applying an illuminating shadow (think 2 shades lighter than your skin tone).
- To pop cheek bones apply product to the tip of brush (preferable a soft domed brush) and blend in to the top of cheek bone and follow upwards to the outside of brow bone.
- To pop and open up the eyes, gently press highlighting shadow with a small domed tip brush to the inner corner of the eye.
- Contour will help create depth and dimension to an area.
- The area of the face and eye you typically will contour are eye crease, cheeks, nose and even the jaw line.
- You achieve this look by applying a matte product into those areas (typically 2 shades darker than your skin tone).
- To add intensity to the eye crease area, use a small domed tip eye brush (sometimes referred to as a stipple or crease brush) and work product into the crease area.
- For contouring the cheek use an angled blush brush and apply product along the base of the cheek bone working outwards towards the hair-line.
- To minimize nose structure apply contour shadow long both sides of the nose and blend to soften.
Check out Kevyn Aucion’s book Making Faces to see some unbelievable contouring & highlighting looks. http://www.amazon.com/Making-Faces-Kevyn-Aucoin/dp/0316286850