As you may well know, celebrities look entirely different than how we see them. If you’ve ever seen them without makeup, you’ll know it’s all about makeup tricks and corrections that make them look more appealing. The idea is simple: it’s all about creating contrast by highlighting and contouring. You want to highlight with a light shade the parts of your face that you want to bring out, and use a darker shade on the parts that you want to tone down. Face contouring makeup is no longer a hard process that you have to refer to specialists to get, at least on an everyday basis, as we present to you today simple makeup ideas & tips for contouring that will make it easier for you.
You will need your foundation, one foundation two shades deeper, one foundation two shades lighter, powder, a damp facial sponge and a brush.
1- Use two shades of base:
The secret to getting the right skin tone is to apply foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone on the center of your face (on the middle of your forehead, your nose, cheeks and chin), and another one that’s one shade darker than your natural skin tone around the perimeter of your face.
2- Blend the two shades together:
Using a proper foundation brush, just blend gently the two different creams on your face. Make sure the transition from center of the face to the perimeter is respected and subtle, because that’s what will create the illusion of depth and dimension.
3- Play with contours and highlights:
A pro tip for you is to mark the areas of your face you want to contour with a deeply-colored brow gel pencil. As it is very concentrated and smudgeable, placing just a few dark pigments on the hollows under your cheekbones, on your temples, along your hairline, jaw line, side and tip of your nose and crease of your eyes, will make for a perfect contouring makeup. Then use a cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, on the bridge of your nose, on the center of your chin and on your cupid bow above your upper lip.
4- Blend one last time:
You need to blend both your highlights and contours using a flat top dense brush to bring perfectly together the two different shades. If you’re in a hurry and just want to add some dimension to your face, you can use the following makeup hack. Just apply blush in the shape of a 3, where you start from the outer sides of your forehead, plunge back into your cheeks, and finish at the end of your chin.
And there you have it, by highlighting your cheekbones and the middle section of your face and countering it with shadowing; you’ve made your face look thinner!