Thursday, 3 April 2014

Top Tips- Contouring


Hey! So this is part 2 of my skincare hints and tips post, and I'm going to talk contouring and how it's THE best makeup trick in the book. I promise. 
As I'm sure you've read from so many blog posts, contouring (often called HAC-ING- Highlighting and Contouring) is THE makeup trick that can transform your face like no other. Kim Kardashian (and probably the entire Klan) famously rock this look, creating killer cheekbones, a thinner, straighter nose, and a smaller forehead. You want to know more don't you. Well I'll tell you how:

Ahhh illusions....

Step 1- Get your base right. You want to apply primer all over your face with your fingertips, then apply a little BB cream that matches your skin tone all over the face with a brush, buffing it into the skin. The Benefit Pore-fessional primer is my fave, as is the oil free primer by Laura Mercier, but for a cheaper alternative the Lumi Magique primer by L'Oreal is also really good at around £9.99! BB Creams I love include the Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin and I'm hearing Benefit's Big Easy is amazing although I haven't tried it myself!

Step 2- For this look every day, I personally just use a bit of matte bronzer (like Benefit Hoola, or the one out of the Sleek Contour Kit) with a gold-toned highlight and concealer, but for photos, or perhaps a more glam evening look/occasion- you need two foundations. First of all you need to take a really light foundation (about 2 shades lighter than your natural colour) and apply it acorss the top of your cheekbones, under your eyes in a triangle formation (or you could do this with light concealer), in the centre of your forehead and down the bridge of the nose. finish with a dab on the centre of your chin.

Step 3- Take a foundation that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone (I want to invest in a foundation stick like you can get from Bobbi Brown (£28)- will update this post when I can find a drug store dupe!) and apply it under your cheekbones, or just a bit higher if yours are a bit low. Apply it next along the sides of the nose, on the temples of your forehead, and across your jaw line. Next, take a stippling or blending brush and BLEND it all in. It will look a little extreme at first so don't worry, you've got to keep going just to get rid of all harsh lines but take care not to mix the shades.

Step 4- Now you want a shimmery highlight (I'm in love with Benefit's Watts Up) and apply that just under your eyebrows, a little above your cupids bow, along the cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose. This will add more dimension to your face and make you look glowy and youthful.

Step 5- Finish this look with a big fluffy brush and some translucent powder, this is to set the look and make you look more flawless, further reducing any obvious lines. Add a little rose coloured blush to the apples of the cheeks if you want to be like Kimmy K and add lots of mascara, smoky eyeshadow and some nude lipgloss. Tadaaa!

If that's not face transforming, I don't know what else is.
Another top tip here if is you can't be bothered with the fuss of contouring, just add a light heavy duty undereye concealer (I love Collection's stick concealer, and also Seventeens Phwoarr Paint- both really cheap and amazing). Apply it in a bit of a triangle shape, rather than just dotting underneath your eye, and pat it in first with your fingers to warm it up a little then make sure it reaches everywhere by applying the rest in with a brush. All you need to do then is swipe bronzer along each cheek bone and around your face and it only takes you 2 minutes! Applying bronzer to your jawline is very flattering if you want to hide a bit of a double chin and create a more striking jawline. 

Really hope this helped you if you haven't tried contouring before! Let me know how you get on :)

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