I love how contouring can instantly lift your cheek bones, transform your jawline, highlight your eyes and give you a radiant glow! … When you contour correctly it can instantly transform your face without being obvious that you are wearing makeup to do so. However, I’ve seen a lot of contouring tutorials and ‘how to’s’ out there that are great for a night out but can be a little long and complicated, and thus not ideal for everyday when you only have a few minutes to rush out the door. Since, I’ve never been a fan of complicated makeup application … I like to keep things as simple as possible, I thought I would show you guys how I quickly and easily do my everyday contouring. On a daily basis I usually just use this trick which literally takes less than a minute to do, and with some mascara and lip gloss I’m good to go … looking fresh and radiant!
The contouring consists of three steps: applying the contour, applying blush, and highlighting. To do this you will need to have a bronzer that is one to two shades darker than your skin tone, a blush that works for you, and a highlighter in a powder or cream form.
For this tutorial I used this Elizabeth Arden Colour Palette that I bought from http://rubybox.co.za, which has a blush, bronzer, and highlighter included … It’s so convenient! (Maybe I’ll do a review on it soon?)
I sometimes substitute the blush for my Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral, which you can see here and I sometimes substitute the highlighter with my Benefit Sunbeam cream highlighter … I’ve been using these more during the day in summer but it all depends on the look that I am going for.
For the purpose of this tutorial, here are the names of the blush, bronzer and highlighter that are in this palette.
Before I start, I always make sure I have a smooth and flawless complexion by applying my favourite BB Cream (or foundation) and concealing any blemishes I may have.
Now for the contouring …
Step 1: Apply the Contour
The contour colour should be placed just below the cheekbones in the hollows of the cheeks, along the hairline above the temples, along the jawline and below the chin as I have displayed below.
To apply the contour colour, I use this Rubybox Contour Brush that I received in my monthly Rubybox subscription (you can also buy it online at http://rubybox.co.za). It works perfectly for contouring because the bristles are cut on a slant, and it’s just wide enough to add contour to the right areas without applying too much product. I use it with the bronzer in the palette,(Terrarose) to apply the contour.
To apply the contour: First find the hollows of your cheeks by making a fish face like I am doing in the picture below. (I know it looks funny but no one will see you when you are doing this in the privacy of your home.) This will allow you to see where you will be applying the bronzer. Apply the bronzer in a line along the hollow area like I have done below.
Then I add a little bit of bronzer along the hairline close to my temples. This helps to add definition and carry the colour of the bronzer along your face.
Then I apply the bronzer along the jawline and under the chin. This helps to define the jawline and make any extra ‘pudge’ you may have under the chin disappear.
Step 2: Apply The Blush
To apply the blush (Golden Rose) I use this MAC blush brush (Which I’ve had for ages so the number is faded and therefore I can’t tell you witch number it is … I think it was a limited addition travel size brush anyways, but I think a similar one would be the 182 brush.)
The blush should be applied in a sort of swirl to the apples of the cheeks. To find the apples of the cheeks, smile like I am doing below … the blush will be applied to the most prominent, round part of your cheek.
Step 3: Highlight
To apply the highlight (Soft Gold Shimmer), I use the same brush as I did for the blush (make sure that the brush is cleaned off first). For the highlighter I actually use the side of the brush by dabbing the side into the highlighter powder and then patting it onto my face. (You will be able see what I mean in the pictures below). If you are using a cream highlight just dab it on with your finger and blend it in.
I apply the highlighter on the top of my cheekbones just above where the blush was placed, on my temples above my eyebrows, and along the bridge of my nose. Basically, it’s applied where the sun would normally hit you to give you a nice glow.
Finally, to finish off the look and make sure that you don’t have any harsh lines, it all has to be blended in.
To blend I use this Pure Minerals brush clean and I just use it in circular motions over the areas I applied the powder to soften any obvious lines that might have been created.
And that’s it … Contouring achieved!
Ok, so I know this tutorial ended up being pretty long because I included so much detail into each step … but I promise it only takes me less than a minute to actually do this on a daily basis and it makes such a difference! I love how the result is so subtle that you can hardly tell that I’m wearing makeup but it actually lifts my cheekbones and highlights the face so well! This with a little mascara and a tinted lip balm or lip gloss is basically my everyday makeup when I don’t need to dress up or do a full face of makeup.
Hope you guys like this post!
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