One of the biggest beauty trends in the past year has been
contouring, but I find that it’s a technique that still mystifies a lot of
women. You don’t have to be a makeup pro
or a Kardashian to make contouring & highlighting work for you! You can use contouring to define your
cheekbones, slim your nose and sculpt your jawbone, which especially helps your
facial features standout in photos.
Contouring can be a great technique to add definition to
your face and warm up your complexion. Not sure if you can master contouring? Follow these four easy steps to get a natural,
bronzed contoured look:
Pick a Shade
The E-3 Technique
Now that you have the right product and the
right brush, it’s time to get contouring! The basic rules for contouring are
that you want light in the center of your face and shade at the edges to frame
your face. Think about where light will naturally hit your face and what you
want to emphasize and define.
By far, the easiest technique is to use the
E-3 (sometimes just known as 3’s). No, this is not some weird Star Wars reference. Start by sweeping the bronzer at your
temples, along your hairline, lightly down by your ears and then under your cheekbones
(it helps to make a fish face!). To define your jawline, sweep bronzer under your chin along your jaw. Repeat on the opposite
side. To slim your nose, you can apply bronzer down the sides of the nose.
Be sure to blend, blend, blend! Here's a general guide to help you determine where bronzer (brown), blush (pink) and highlight (beige) should be applied:
want to apply the highlighter on cheeks above your blush (which should be on
the apples of your cheeks) or on apples on top of blush. Sweep the highlighter
on tops of cheekbones up around edges of eyes. You can also highlight your brow
bone to help open your eyes, add highlight to your chin, middle of forehead, as well as your “cupids bow’ above lips, as well as on top
length of nose, although I don’t recommend shimmer highlighter for the nose or forehead.
Think you got it? Let me know how your contoured look turns out!
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