Have a go at contouring to create a perfectly sculpted face.
I've seen the celebrity trend for contouring and want to do this for my wedding. How can I achieve this look?
When applied correctly, contouring and highlighting define cheekbones, slim a nose and create the illusion of a perfectly proportioned and sculpted face.
There's an art to this technique which can be mastered quite easily by following a few basic rules and using the correct products. Cream or powder products can be used depending on your skin type but creams are generally easier to blend. I like to use Studio Finish Concealer or Studio Sculpt Foundation by MAC for their consistency and blend-ability!
Always begin with a clean, moisturised and primed face and apply your regular foundation. Remember to only highlight the areas of the face where light naturally hits first and to contour the areas that are naturally in shadow.
Follow these steps to contouring heaven:
Highlight: select a concealer or foundation one to two shades lighter than your complexion and, using a foundation or concealer brush, apply to:
- Above eyebrows and just below them
- Centre of forehead
- Bridge of nose (not the tip)
- Under eye area and above cheek bones
- Centre of the area above your top lip
- Centre of chin
Contour: select a concealer or foundation one to two shades darker than your complexion and apply to:
- Either side of your nose
- Tip of your nose
- Hollows of your cheeks
- Under cheekbones extending up and out towards your hairline
- Just below jawline
- Around your hairline
Blend: using a small duo fibre fluffy brush, begin blending carefully and buff the two shades, eliminating any hard edges.
Tip: use small circular strokes.
Powder: using a big fluffy brush, set your contouring with a loose translucent powder.
Tip: for extra glamour, pop a shimmery bronzer onto your cheekbones.