Contouring is a makeup technique that makeup artists swear by. It’s a way to enhance the best features of your face to make it look sharper. As a bride-to-be or even a newlywed, we are sure you have a lot of functions to attend. Well, you don’t need a makeup artist for all of them. Our guide to contouring at home will help you out! Don’t aim for extreme contouring. That’s very tough to master. Instead, teach yourself how to contour for a subtly sculpted look with these easy makeup tips for brides!
Step 1: Gather your tools
Gather your supplies, ladies. You’ll need a makeup blender sponge, a primer, your regular foundation, a contouring stick that’s two shades darker than your skin tone, a concealer and a highlighter. It might seem like a formidable list, but it’s not as tough as it sounds.
Step 2: Prime your face
This step is important since you’ll be wearing a lot of makeup on your face. In order to ensure that you don’t sweat it away, begin by priming with a face primer. A good primer will also give your skin a subtle glow, which goes a long way.
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Step 3: Give yourself an even base
Begin by applying foundation on your entire face. This will give you an even base to work on. A liquid foundation is easier to blend. Simply dot it around your face and use a damp sponge to pat it in. This gives a cleaner effect as compared to spreading with your fingers.
Step 4: Map your face
The next (quite important) step is to map your face with your dark contour stick. To achieve a well-defined look, you’ll need to trace your contour stick over your temples, on the hollow just beneath your cheekbones, and on either side of your nose in two parallel lines.
Step 5: Conceal and highlight
Take your concealer and dot it under your eyes to conceal any dark circles and brighten up the under eye area, and around your lips, where the skin often tends to be darker. Then, dab your highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes, your cheekbones and your cupid’s bow. This will highlight the high points of your face.
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Step 6: Blend it all in
Take your damp beauty blender and tap over your contour colour, concealer and highlighter to blend it all in. Tap in circular motions over the colour with the bigger end of the sponge to blend it in well. Blending with a damp sponge gives a more even and natural finish.
Step 7: Set with some setting powder
Finally, to make your contouring last longer and get that luminous glow, dust some translucent setting powder on your face with your powder brush. This will ensure that your makeup lasts through the function!
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Published on Oct 31, 2016