Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How To Contour

Everyone knows contouring is the beauty craze at the minute. I mean, who wouldn't want a defined and sculptured face? Although it looks hard and time consuming, it really isn't and doesn't have to be! I've only been contouring since Christmas and It's really so simple. Once you get it, you've got it, easy as pie. So, here's a tutorial on how to contour. *Pre-warning* my photo's are terrible at the minute as the light in my room is pathetic and there literally isn't any natural lighting; so these will have to do for now!

First of all, moisturise, prime and apply your foundation and powder as usual. I've already done this part to save time. Next, take a concealer, one shade lighter than your skin tone, and apply it under your eyes, in a triangle shape, to eliminate dark circles. I'm using Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer. Seriously, this concealer is amazing despite the brand and being so cheap; I couldn't use anything else! I then buff it in using a Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush.

For the next stage, I'm using the darkest shade, in the bottom right hand corner, from my Zoeva Concealer Palette. (My Palette is a bit dirty I do apologise). I apply this in the areas shown in the pictures below, using the brush that comes with the palette. The colour should be applied in the following areas: under the chin/on the jawline, under the cheekbone, at each side of the bridge of the nose, in a triangle on the tip on the nose, the hairline and slightly inwards from the hairline. I then blend it all in using a Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush.

Next, I highlight my face on the bridge of my nose, in the middle of my forehead, the bow of my lip and under my brows using the lightest shade, in the top right hand corner, also from my Zoeva Concealer Palette. Pictures showing areas which areas should be covered are below. Once again, my palette is very dirty and this shade should be white. I apply this using just a random brush, and blend it in using the 110 brush from before.

To add some extra highlight, I apply Benefit's High Beam just on my cheek bones, and blend it in using my finger.

Finally, I apply Mac's Pigment in the shade Vanilla just under my brows, using a plain eyeshadow brush, to give them some more lift.

To finish off your look, add some brown, smoky eye makeup and some nude lipstick (I'm wearing a Max Factor Lip Liner in Mauve Moment and a Mac Lipstick in Brave) and voila: a gorgeous, bronzed, contoured look! Here's my final result. As I mentioned before, the lighting in my house isn't great so you can't see the full effects of the contouring but it's so much more intense in real life, trust  me! My palette is the best thing in my life. I love to contour now and I wouldn't be the same without it.

Let me know if you try out this look and how you found it!

Jordan x


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