Contouring is a clever make-up technique to have when you need that instant extra loving when you’re feeling a bit puffy or if you’ve missed a few gym sessions! It gives the illusion of a wider face being more narrow, more prominent check bones, and a defined jawline. But BEWARE if you over indulge and lather on the bronze, contouring can be your worst enemy and totally obvious in the wrong way.
What to use:
- A matte bronzing powder that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone with ZERO glitter.
- A small dense blusher brush.
Prep your skin:
- Apply your foundation as normal.
- Lightly powder your face, if you miss this step the contouring powder is going to stick to your wet foundation and will look blotchy.
- Dab your brush in the powder, tap off any excess powder – start off light then build up as you go adding if needed.
- Make sure you are standing straight ahead to the mirror to get the correct view of what you are doing – avoid tilting your head.
- With small circular movements apply the powder under your check bones – as a guide feel where your bones are with your fingers or suck in your cheeks.
- Do this on both sides of your face till you think you have achieved the perfect contouring effect.
- If you’ve gone too far down your face or applied it too dark, you can easily use a powder brush to blend and buff off the excess powder so you can’t see where the contouring starts or finishes.
- You can then contour your jaw line with the same powder by following the natural lines of your jaw, working in circular movements.
NOTE: For the day time keep it simple, natural, soft and matte, it shouldn’t be obvious, for the evening you can amp it up a bit as the light is a lot more friendlier.
by Krystina Te Kanawa