Sunday, 3 August 2014

How To Contour Like A Pro | AnjelCo

Moon face.

There's nothing worse than a moon face in photos. Whether you are on a night out and having a camera with flash shoved in your face, having a picnic in the summer sun with friends or walking the red carpet contouring will be your best friend.

In my experience, it is a fundamental skill that is often overlooked because really, who can be bothered putting more product on their face? I'm here to show just how simple it really is and you'll be left wondering why you hadn't used this method before! To keep it simple and inexpensive, I wanted to use drugstore products to show you just how easy it can be to achieve this look!

In this tutorial I will be using the Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Stick in 330 ($15), Essence Stay Natural Concealer Pen ($4) and the Model's Prefer Instant Glow Face & Body Highlighter ($12).  Of course, the highlighter is completely optional- just an extra if you wanted to take it a step further.

If I were the type of person to wear makeup on a daily basis I would contour everyday but I would keep it light, sticking to my cheekbones and hairline. So if you're one of these people, feel free to omit any step that you feel doesn't need apply to you. I personally like to leave the heavy contouring for photoshoots or a night out where I feel I need a bit more sculpting/ coverage.

Of course, this post is related to how to contour a womans face but if you would like a male version please let me know in the comments!

I have also enlisted some help from my gorgeous friend Athena, who kindly agreed to be our face model for today.

As you can see, Athena is blessed with clear skin and is very beautiful naturally, however she prefers a heavy coverage with her makeup so I'm going to start with a base of foundation. Feel free to use a lighter coverage here, such as a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser.

Next, I'll be taking the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick in the darkest shade, 330 and applying it to the hollows of the cheeks, around the hairline, either side of the nose and jawline. If you find it difficult to determine where your cheekbones naturally sit, you can suck in your cheeks like a fish and follow the line that forms.

Now taking a concealer lighter than your natural skin tone, highlight under the eyes, forehead, down the bridge of the nose, under your brow bone, your cupids bow and around your mouth and chin. I'm using the Essence Stay Natural Concealer Pen in 03 Soft Nude.

Your face might start to look a little weird but never fear! This is where the fun begins- blend, blend, blend!

To help set everything in place feel free to go over it with a translucent powder, particularly if you're going for a night out or have oily skin- it helps to keep everything in its place.

Now that your face is beautifully sculpted it's time to add that natural glow! 
The key here is balance- you don't want to look like a glittery disco ball but at the same time you still want enough highlight so that the light catches its and emits a natural radiance.

I have chosen a liquid highlighter but a powder would work fine just the same. You're going to want to apply this in small amounts, just above your cheekbone, down the bridge of your nose, on your cupids bow and you can even use it to brighten up under your brow bone and forehead if you're going for that all over glow.

Continue with your normal makeup routine or just add a slick of lipgloss, mascara and blush for a natural look. 

Happy Contouring!

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