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Monday, April 13, 2015

Understanding Highlight & Contour

                                             How to Contour and Highlight for your Face Shape

Highlighting and contouring has been made famous by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jlo.
The purpose is to create light and dark areas to sculpt and shape your face adding dimension for a beautiful symmetrical face. Symmetry is considered the ideal beauty. This technique may be used for photography or every day when modified.

Most celebrity artists like Mario Dedivanovic (Kim kardashians artist) use powders. I had the opportunity to attend his training class in NYC this past  December….he uses powders most of the time. Creams are more for stage makeup and photo shoots. The latest instagram youtube/craze
looks more like you could bake a cake with all of the product! That not a desired look so please proceed with caution when using the cream contour technique! I recommend following celebrity artists like Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury for more makeup tips and tricks.

Start by determining your face shape. Once you have done this begin prepping your skin with moisturizer and foundation using fingertips or a brush. Make sure to blend foundation down onto your neck. Your neck tends to be lighter than your face so this will ensure even coverage.

If you are using cream contour products (I recommend Smashbox Contour sticks) you will apply directly on top of foundation. Follow the guidelines above for placement then blend using a small buff or foundation brush. I like MAC 130 brush….make sure to use separate brushes for each color.
Once the highlight and contour are blended apply concealer under your eyes and powder to set.
Apply bronzer to the perimeter of face and blush to the apples of cheeks….add a shimmer highlight (MAC Becca Opal) above blush for moonlit glow!
You can always add more bronzer to the contoured areas for more dramatic effect. 

If you are using contour powder…apply foundation all over and set with a loose or pressed powder. Follow guidelines above for placement then blend using an angled blush brush( MAC 168 brush).
Apply blush to apples of the cheek.

Finally mist face all over with MAC Fix + Spray to add moisture and lock in (set) the powder products….this will give your makeup a skin like appearance creating a natural glow! Take a damp oval sponge or beauty blender and bounce or pat all over the face to pick up excess powder.

These are examples of natural contour/highlight using powder products. Perfect for daytime:)
Hannah Jelinovic is a local model signed with Directions USA and Wilhelmina modeling agency….I am fortunate to work with such talent!

Photos by the Amazing Mira Adwell!
Feel free to contact me to schedule a private makeup lesson 

Get the look:
Makeup Forever HD foundation
MAC Mineralize powder
Smashbox Contour powders
MAC 168 angled contour brush
MAC Buff blush
Becca Opal shimmer powder

Cream contour:
Smashbox contour sticks
MAC Brush 130 to blend

Toofaced Natural eyeshadow Palet
Urban Decay Bourbon eyeliner
Loreal Voluminous mascara
Anastasia Clear Brow gel

Rosebud Salve lip conditioner
MAC Spice lip pencil
MAC Cherish lipstick