The biggest trend in makeup right now is a highly contoured complexion. Stars like Kim Khardashian and Jennifer Lopez are great examples for the popularity of this look. Stage lighting tends to flatten a face and remove definition. Add contour, character and definition using these simple steps.
Application time: 15-20 min.
Supplies and tools needed:
-Two full coverage cream foundations or concealers- one several shades lighter than your skin and one several shades darker than your skin- the greater the contrast in the shades you choose will determine how dramatic the contour is.
-Liquid foundation that matches your complexion
-Matte pressed powder several shades lighter than your skin
-Liquid illuminator such as Nars Copacabana or Benefit High Beam
-HD setting powder
-Pointed bronzer brush- I like Trish Mcavoy’s bronzer brush
1. Begin by using a liberal amount or moisturizer followed by primer. If you tend to get oily add a mattifying gel on top of the primer in the t-zone.
2. Apply your light cream makeup to the high points of the face. You do not need to be exact or light handed. Do not blend in.
3. Apply your dark cream makeup to areas of the face you would like to be shaded. The most important areas are below the cheekbones, temples, hairline and jaw bone.
4. Pour a quarter sized amount of your liquid foundation into the palm of your hand. Dip your kabuki brush into the foundation and work it into the brush so it is spread evenly.
5. Begin blending the foundation in a circular motion on the face. I like to begin by working the foundation into the areas where there is bare skin first. I then work the makeup into the areas of the face where I have applied the contour color.
6. Wipe your kabuki brush clean with a baby wipe. Dip your brush back into the foundation and proceed to blend in a circualr motion over the areas that you have appied your light shade. Make sure to blend everything out well enough that there are no lines in the makeup.
7. Using a powder brush in a pressing motion,apply your light shade or powder onto the areas that you highlighted.
8. Set everything with your HD loose powder with your powder brush. It is important to do this BEFORE you bronze because bronzers tend to look muddy when applied to foundation that has not been set.
9. Using your pointed bronzer brush apply to bronzer over the areas that you applied you contour color. It is important to make sure you are using a bronzer with little to no shimmer.
10. Apply blush to the apples of the cheek blending up and out. You can choose to use a powder or a cream blush.
11. This last step is optional- add a luminous glow. To do this mix a liquid highlighter with a drop of foundation. Apply it on the very top of the cheek bones, down the nose and above your upper lip. I like to apply this gently with my fingers by tapping it on and then buffing it out lightly with a clean blush brush- so it looks almost airbrushed.
***This look DOES takes some time to apply and may require some practice to prefect. My advise is to NEVER try a new makeup technique for the first time the day of an event.
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