This post was published on Sminkerica.com, but since I have quite a lot of foregin readers I decided to publish it here also (only in English, you can find Croatian version here http://www.sminkerica.com/tutoriali/konturiranje-za-pocetnike/ )
I believe you all know what contouring is if you are into beauty bloggers and online beauty community. I personaly do not contour on daily basis – I do it more or less when I feel like it or when my make up is minimal (neutral). I also have quite chubby face (hell, I am all chubby) so higlighting and contouring helps to emphasize my facial attributes.
What exactly do you need for contouring? One product darker from your skin tone and one lighter. Basically, the contouring “rule” is pictured on the photo bellow, but I actually varies from face to face. You can see the best what you want to highlight and what to hide if you take a good look in the mirror and eperiment with shades and textures. There isnt a tutorial on this world which will help you if you dont practice, practice, practice.
What is important to say is – do not use bronzer as darker shade. Most bronzers are too orange and orange isnt your face color (unless you are Snookie) . Try to find something with neutral undertones to make an illusion of shadow on your face. And it has to be matte! Lighter shade can be matte or shimmery, depending on what you want achieve (more natural look or something dramatic).
I have two ways of contouring, one using cream/liquid products and the other by using powder products and I will show you both.
I apply liquid foundation and concealer if needed. I have my eyes and eyebrows done on this tutorial although I usually do them after conourin.
I use Illamasqua Hollw cream pigment for contouring. Hollow is a perfect neutral taupe/grey shade for lighter skintones.
I apply it below my cheekbones, near the hair line, on sides of my nose, below the chin and on my jawline.
For highlighting I use Illamasqua Skin Base foundation in 03 because it has amazing texture and blends ver easily with Hollow pigment, and also leavesmy skin hydrated and smooth.
Skin Base is applied on cheekbones, around lips, on chin, middle of nose and forehead.
I usually use soft synthetic brush and blend everything with round moves.
Final result is naturaly accenuated facial features. This is my, lets say, everyday beauty ritual because it is fast, simple and foolproof. Just appl setting powder over it and you are ready to go.
I apply foundation and set it with powder. I use Illamasqua Spite blush as my contouring shade.
I put it in same places as in version 1.
I blend it out with duo-fibre brush to make the transitions invisible and then I appl highlither. This time I used powder one (Everyday Minerals Aussie Perk Me Up), with fine shimmer to bring additional light on my face.
And blend all that together. I apply blush on apples of my cheeks and face make up is ready for the day.
That’s pretty much it!
Do you contour your face? Whch products do you use?