Contouring With Foundation
Contouring with Foundation Like a Professional Makeup Artist with These Techniques
With the right amount of contouring, you can highlight the best of your features while altering ones that are problematic. It can slim down your nose, highlight cheekbones or make your jaw angular. It might seem like complete magic, but it's a technique that's been used by celebrity makeup artists for years. It takes a little practice and the right blended face makeup to achieve, but it can be done in your own home.
The Foundation of Contouring
You'll need three foundation colors. One should match your face perfectly while the other two are used for highlights and shadows. One color should be two shades lighter than your base foundation, and the other foundation should be two shades darker.
Along with the three cream foundations, you'll need a few brushes. One foundation tool should be slightly pointed at the tip for angling and application. The other tool is used to merge the foundations together and should be flat. Lastly, you'll want a tool for applying a powder to set the foundation. That also means you'll need a setting powder.
Here's the list:
- Foundation matching skin tone
- Foundation two shades darker
- Foundation two shades lighter
- Setting powder
- Flat, pointed foundation brush
- Flat blending brush
- Large powder brush
Once you have all your tools, you'll want to apply the base foundation. Don't worry about maximum coverage. This is the base that will be covered with more foundation as well as powder at the end.
Map Your Face
With the lighter cream foundation, apply it to all the places that you want to highlight. These are the places that the sun will hit your face and make them naturally bright. The middle of your forehead, down the length of your nose, under the eyebrows at your brow bone and along your jawline. Apply this brighter color all at once, but do not merge them together into your skin yet.
The dark foundation is next. Apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, which are under the cheek bone. Add deeper foundation to each side of your nose and the tip to make it appear smaller. Apply it under the jaw line to make it more defined and in the crease of your eyelids to define your eyes.
Once you're finished with mapping your face, you might think you've done it wrong. It won't look great until it's merged beautifully.
Blending and Setting the Foundation
With a circular motion, spread the foundation into the skin with the foundation tool. It will instantly look better, and you'll see the impact of the shading and contouring immediately.
Once the foundation is done, it's time to set it with powder. The powder helps to fuse the contouring more naturally in the face, and it sets the work you've done, so it'll last longer.
Finishing Your Makeup
The foundation is just the base. You'll need to apply eyeliner, mascara and lipstick to complete your makeup. A little pop of color on the apple of the cheek as well as a bit of bronzer can really make you look like you should be gracing the pages of a magazine like your favorite celebrities.
Whether you're taking photographs or heading out for the night, you can really see a remarkable difference in your face when you use these contouring tricks. Don't be afraid to practice with the contouring and technique that will work the best on your face.