One of my favorite sites, Beauty Banter, asked what new makeup tips or techniques we’re interested in. As a religious follower of this beauty blog, my immediate reaction was face contouring! The concept has interested me for the past year, & while I know the basic tips & tricks of the concept, I’m dying to know more.
This sparked me to think back to when I first heard about face contouring last winter & how, at first thought, I figured I didn’t have the time on a daily basis to spend contouring my face (it just sounds so difficult, and somewhat painful). Luckily, I taught myself some quick & easy contouring looks that have totally changed the way I do my daily makeup routine, without hardly adding any additional time:
- My first piece of advice is to prime, prime, & prime after applying the usual moisturizer & SPF! I highly recommend Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Sephora- $30.00). The tube is gigantic, compared to most primers, & works wonders with a lesser amount than a cheaper brand. Priming your face will help keep makeup in-tact all day without the annoying & embarrassing smudges & smears. Purchase It!
- Concealer is incredibly useful when it comes to contouring when used for more areas than just under the eye: I prefer TEMPTU’s under-eye concealer (yes, even for more areas than just under my peepers) (Sephora- $28.00). Apply under the eyes, as usual, and also on the sides of your nose to make it appear thinner. Depending on your nose shape, you might want to try streaking the concealer straight down the top middle of your nose, instead of the sides. Making a “U” shape from under the eyes to down around the sides of your nose & back up is also suggested. Play with these three contouring suggestions to see what works best for your face. Purchase It!
- Next, I love to use a light foundation. Once again, I personally turn to Laura Mercier for her Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer & SPF 20, especially for this dry winter weather (Sephora- $42.00). The mixture is light & not at all cakey & it provides that extra amount of moisture that’s so important for healthy skin. Purchase It!
- I hate using to word “bronzer” for the contouring process, as you don’t want it to be too bronzed or shimmery. However, for the next step, I do use a bronzer that’s fairly close to my natural skin color (if you’re pale, try a mineral or powder makeup a few shades darker than your usual). I love the Hoola by Benefit Bronzer for contouring as it’s the perfect shade for my skin & is matte in color (Sephora- $28.00). Take your bronzer, or powder makeup, & apply to an angled brush. There are three great places to apply: Just below your cheekbones (fish-face it and swipe in the crease); in a half-moon shape right below your hairline on your forehead & at your jawline. Applying darker shades in these main places help keep your face looking slim & defined. Purchase It!
- Opposite to the bronzer, the next step requires a light hue and/or illuminator. Revlon makes a GREAT finishing power that I love to use for this step. It’s got just the right amount of shine. Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten (Walgreens- $14.00) should be applied right under brows, just under the “fish-faced” bronzer & on your forehead. I use a small brush for the brows & a slightly larger angled brush for below the bronzer & a huge brush for a quick one-swipe on my forehead.
- Finally, I finish up with my usual beauty routine of blush, eyebrow gel, mascara & a lippy.
While the process seems daunting, it’s easy to figure out what works best for you with a few quick test-runs. You can streamline your contouring down to 3-5 minutes. Don’t feel like purchasing all the individual products I suggested? Try Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Smashbox- $45.00). The trio palette provides a compact row of shades perfect for contouring. Purchase It!