Contouring has undoubtedly made its way into the limelight as one of the most popular makeup trends for over the past year. Adored by both professional makeup artists and the everyday makeup enthusiast, contouring tutorials have been popping up all over social media.
On the other hand, popular makeup trends are often accompanied by common mistakes and mishaps. For quite some time, contouring was predominantly used by professional makeup artists because it requires complex techniques when applying product onto the skin. Many times the average person’s first attempt at contouring results in noticeable streaks across their face that are reminiscent of warrior paint.
Fortunately, there are plenty of products and simple techniques to assist you in achieving a flawless contoured look that will win the approval of a professional makeup artist!
Here are the top 3 tips, tricks, and products to achieve a well contoured face:
1. Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend… And did I mention BLEND? To avoid harsh lines always blend in an upward motion, it creates a natural & youthful appearance. The Kevin Aucoin Contour Book is excellent for this because it contains the exact products needed to highlight & contour. It even includes photos and step-by-step instructions on how to apply each product!
2. Highlight! We’ve become so caught up in the hype of using darker colors to define our faces, we have forgotten about this important aspect of contouring. Highlight down the bridge of your nose and across the top of your cheekbones towards the hairline, this will give your skin a healthy & radiant glow! Try The Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush from Mally Beauty, it’s a highlighter/blush duo – brush included!
3. A staple product that virtually every makeup artist has is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Soft & Gentle. It’s the standard for adding highlights and works well on many skin tones. Be sure to snap a picture of yourself with the flash on before heading out! You’ll be able to see if the highlights were applied to the correct areas, and make sure you didn’t apply an excessive amount of product.
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