Contouring 101: Makeup Contouring Techniques
Posted on May 13 2016
Contouring has become one of the most popular makeup trends in the beauty industry. It has given women a sense of empowerment and self-confidence by accentuating their natural features. It is an easy technique that can change the entire face by simply sculpting and defining the facial structure. Contouring can give the perfect illusion of a thinner face to a slimmer nose by emphasizing or straightening out facial features. Although many believe Kim K. began the contouring technique, let’s not forget where contouring began! The classic, old Hollywood actress Grace Kelly is one of the first women to use contouring in Hollywood films. She used two colored blushes, one on the apples of her cheeks and the darker tone on the hollows of her cheeks. The Princess of Monaco was a minimalist with her techniques using neutral tones as she achieved her own makeup looks.
Find the Perfect Products:
Find a bronzer that is two shades darker than your normal skin type for the perfect tone and texture. Ora Aphrodite Bronzer in the Julie Hewett Collection is the perfect warm golden-brown bronzer creating a finish with a hint of shimmer. Also keep in mind, using the proper brush will help with the final finish. In the Julie Hewett brush collection, the Perfect Powder & Blush Duster Brush is one of my personal favorites. It is a part of her cruelty free/vegan collection leaving a light and airy skin finish. It is the perfect brush to blend the warm-bronzer on the cheeks, temples, hairline and jawline.
Find the hollows of your cheekbones. A few ways to figure out where they are is by finding the dip between your cheekbones, in many cases it can be found from the top of the ear to the corner of the mouth. You can also suck in your cheeks and find where the dip of your cheekbone is located. Then you want to apply the product on the temples of your forehead (if you have a larger forehead, apply product on the top of the hairline) Then apply product down the side of the jaw, a little bit on the chin and down the sides of the nose. When contouring, creams will result in a more dewy finish while powder will result in a matte finish. If you have oily skin, try to use powder products. If you have dry skin, try to use cream products, or if you have normal/combination of both and oily and dry use a bit of both creamy and powder products.
Highlight & Blush:
Once the face is sculpted, highlight any areas of the face you want to brighten using a foundation or a powder that is two shades lighter than your skin type. Apply underneath the eyes as a filled in “V” shape, on the bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, cupids bow and underneath the contour of the cheekbone. Many people forget to add a blush on the apples of the cheek! This allows a more flushed, settle blended finish. In the Julie Hewett Collection, the Cheekie: Cheek & Lip Shine is universal for day and night makeup. Cheekie Posie and Destiny is a soft, creamy blush leaving the skin moisturized and radiant.
Blend! Blend! Blend! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to really blend out contouring products. When using cream products, you can use a beauty blender in a patting motion to push the product into your skin. When using a blending brush, you really want to focus on blending the product on the cheekbones to avoid any harsh lines.