Although once used primarily by artists to the stars, today makeup contouring and highlighting is popular with virtually everyone. Thanks to technology and stars sharing their secrets to looking great, the techniques involved have been explored in further detail. You can also take advantage of these tricks to minimize certain places while focusing visual attention elsewhere.
All makeup is designed based on certain artistic principles, including light and dark. For instance, the darkest shade in a makeup trio is almost always applied just beneath the brow bone. Above it, on the bone itself, the lightest color creates a highlight. The curve of the dark color provides a contour to make the area look more recessed, while the lightest color stands out against it, making your eyes pop!
As for your face, these highlighting and contouring principles can be used to visually reshape your face, without having to resort to cosmetic surgery! Practice when you have some time to perfect your technique, and you will be ready whenever you need! However, there are some things you need to understand before you begin.
First of all, your makeup contouring will be difficult, if not impossible, if you have on the wrong shade of foundation. Choose one that matches your skin tone, rather than attempting to change your whole face to a particular shade. Not only will it stand out against your neck, if any rubs off during the day it will unsightly, at best.
Many women find that they need a different shade for summer than winter. You might need to as well. Pay attention as the seasons begin to change, and adjust accordingly. As with buildings, the foundation is essential to the rest of your makeup.
Next, you will need to find a contouring product that is slightly darker, and a highlighter a bit lighter. Generally, it is a good idea to stick with the same company that produces your foundation. Other manufacturers might have a slightly different process, making blending more difficult when you get to that step.
You can use these to sculpt your face as much or as little as you want to. Whether you want to slim down your nose or create cheekbones to rival those on the red carpet, apply a small amount of highlighter and contouring where you want to change things. Removing excess can be difficult, so start small and add more only if and where it is needed.
You are almost there at this point. Now comes the critical step of blending the colors. Make sure that you have a high quality sponge or similar device that you can use to create a seamless transition from one shade to the next. When you are finished, nobody should see the contour and highlighting products, only the resulting improvements.
Practice application techniques for day and night wear. Implemented well, and people are sure to notice the difference, even if they can’t quite put their finger on it. Keep it as your little secret or share it with the world, whatever you like!