Contouring is having its moment. Just walk into a Sephora or department store and you will see contouring kits everywhere. Contouring allows you to add light and dark colors to areas of the face to help sculpt, define and highlight good attributes and tone down the ones you may not want to enhance.
I thought contouring was for people on TV or in magazines, but it turns out that if you play around with light and dark makeup shades it can make you look better (especially in photos). I was lucky to get my hands on this new contouring palette by LORAC, which contains super-flattering velvety powders that make contouring and highlighting so easy. I’m still learning the ins and outs of contouring, but I do notice that when I use this palette I look more awake, my features look more defined and overall I look a bit more put together. This kit comes with six shades, two matte and one shimmer highlighter, and three matte bronzers for contouring. The best part is the domed brush, which makes blending so easy. I’m totally hooked.
Basic Contouring Tips for Beginners:
1. Determine your face shape and where you can benefit from a little contouring.
2. First apply your base and conceal any spots.
3. Use a light matte highlighter (depends on your skin tone) with a dot of the shimmer highlighter and make a triangle under your eyes. Blend well.
4. To accentuate cheekbones, suck in lips and apply one shade of the matte bronzers (again it’s all about skin tone) to the hollows of cheeks and sweep it up towards the hairline.Blend in well. Add a bit of the shimmer highlight on top of the cheekbone for a glow and add blush to the apple of cheeks.
5. If you want to make your nose look smaller, add a light matte color right down the center of the nose, starting at the bridge and a bit shy of the tip. Add a little dot of the light powder to the tip of the nose. Then add medium color from the top side of the nose straight down the sides and blend.