Chatting to the many beauty bloggers and twitter-folk, one of the most talked about topics is Contouring. Some people do it this way and then some do it the other way. Prior to this discussion, it never really occurred to me what a controversial and varied subject it was. So after much prompting and urging, I’ve decided to share my method.As like most of my techniques that I employ, contouring for me is once again a multi-step technique. Think of it in a biological sense, it’ll make it easier for you to understand.
|Bare-faced with only foundation|
Step 1. To carve the shape out in bone.
Step 2. Add the muscle and flesh back on.
Step 3. To warm it up to a lovely blush.
Colour. Well where do we start?! Many blog posts have been written about this and personally I veer towards the colour of shadow to ‘carve’. And that for me is slightly greyish-brown with a tinge towards the dull plum shade. I actually use a product that’s not been designed for contouring but that’s my secret!
And now where to position the contour. Too many and I mean far too many place the contour far too low on the face! Ideally it should sit half way on the space between eye and jaw. Also it’s not a steep diagonal but a gentle dip, I aim for the space between nose and top lip as a guide. Any lower, you’ll end up being gaunt and it’ll drag the features and face downwards.
After you get the bone structure sorted, I ‘cradle’ the bone with a warmer skin toned shade. A bronzer or a warmer foundation will usually be perfect for this and then a little pop of blusher to tie all of it together.
That's really all there is to say about contouring. I do all the above in the wet stages, which really means before applying powder. And if after powder, if you think you still want to do more contouring, a light dusting of bronzer in the 'hollow' of the cheek will enhance all your 'surgery' work!
So please have a read and once again, comments are welcome to discuss this most intriguing part of makeup!Tweet