Make up hacks- Art of Contouring
A good hand with contouring techniques is an indispensable part of any makeup aficionado’s morning routine, but it doesn’t happen overnight, that’s for sure.
Highlighting and contouring are two artsy tricks that can magically enhance your cheek bones and create a flattering bone structure and movie lighting. There are a few levels of contouring, that not all are aware of. It can be presented as a more glamorous look or as a more neutral everyday look.
Whatever you do, don’t embark on a contouring mission without following these five key rules of the craft.
You will need the following items:
Liquid foundation in a shade that best matches your skin tone
Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter colour than your skin
Concealer, foundation, or powder in a slightly darker colour than your skin
A powder brush
A foundation brush or sponge
A concealer brush
Step 1: Clean and moisturise your skin. Smear foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or sponge. People with darker skin tone can blend the foundation till the mid of your neck; this will make the difference between the face and neck less stark.
Step 2: Use a foundation brush and apply the foundation or concealer lighter than your skin to your T-zone. The T-zone area is right above your eyebrows and the spot between them (if you have one), down the center of your nose, the middle of your upper lip; and the middle of your chin. Apply the lighter colour under your eyes too, this will help get rid of eye-bags! Also, apply right above your cheekbones and above your jawline – this key is to structure the cheek bone.
Step 3: Use the brush or the sponge to blend the makeup in until there is no visible line between the regular foundation and the lighter colour foundation. Being seamless is key. I find that it is easier to use a sponge than a brush. A beauty blender or similar products are easily available and it does a smoother job than brushes.
Step 4: It is now contour time! Use the darker colour foundation, and just as before, apply it to the side of your nose, right under your cheekbones and hairline. Then, blend like you did earlier with the highlight.
Step 5: This might not seem important, but is very effective. Apply finishing powder to the whole face. This will help the foundation color stay and also remove any excess shine in your makeup. Since there was lots of liquid foundation used throughout this look, the finishing powder really helps everything stay as it is for a long time.