One makeup trend that seems to be popular at the moment is contouring! If you are on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen crazy looking photos like this around…
This seems like a extreme way to contour and for anyone who isn’t 100% confident with makeup, rather daunting! I don’t think this is a practical way to contour, especially for your daily look.
I’ve never tried this sort of contouring myself but the way I contour is to use various powders. It’s much easier I find as I can build it up slowly.
I think that this is quite a good diagram for contouring, it shows the main highlight/lowlight areas although everyones face shapes are different so need slightly different contouring.
I usually leave my contouring/highlighting till last and I’ve already done my foundation base. I did a timelapse video to help demonstrate what I do and which products I use where.
For the contour- MAC Harmony
You want to make sure that your contour is a couple of shades darker than your skintone but a cooler tone rather than warm (not a bronzer). You could use a liquid foundation a few shades darker and blend it in but I find the powder easiest.
Start off lightly and build it up. Remember that this is meant to be creating a shadow so it is always important for it to look blended and not too dark.
For the blush- Besame Creme Rouge
Technically not quite part of the highlighting/contouring but I consider it a very important part. I buff it onto the apples of my cheeks and then lightly blend it up the cheekbone.
For the highlight- Starting with Ben Nye Super White Powder and then MAC Lightscapade
This might seem a little strange to use the Ben Nye Powder but when you are quite light skinned, it can be hard to find something light enough for a true highlight. I bought the Super White Powder a few years back for setting Clown White for halloween makeup. It’s become a bit of a favourite staple in my makeup stash and is great for on my eyelids when I want a nice matte light finish. I used a brush to apply the loose powder in the highlight areas then I used MAC Lightscapade which is more shimmery just under the brow bone, top on the cheekbone and a teensy bit on the forehead/nose
It helps to make sure that you are in good light… otherwise you could totally overdo it without realising till you look in a mirror halfway through the day! As I said earlier, the key is for it to still look as natural as possible so no harsh lines. Practice makes perfect and build it up slowly to get a good result!
x Miss Victory Violet