Those who know me know that I am a big fan of fashion, but when it comes to playing with its soul sister (makeup) things can be a little tricky. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not always wearing my coveted nudes ( I have been known to rock a red lip now and then). Still, I have never been someone who could walk into a Sephora and tell you what even half of that stuff is used for. Still, there are some trends that I would like to try and contouring is at the top of that list. Believe it or not, I don’t truly know how to apply make-up correctly. I don’t even own foundation but it’s one of those things I truly want to master.
In the past, I avoided any trace of contouring, but that was when it was a form of heavy layering of makeup reserved for stage performers and very specific photo shoots (think of those fabulous Kevyn Aucoin transformations). It seems pretty intense so I totally understand if you are overwhelmed by it. Fortunately, the art of contour has advanced to a modern technique that can easily be used to enhance gorgeous features (let’s pop those cheekbones) and even slim the face. Today, I want to share the 6 ways I have learned to achieve couture contour.
Pick the right colors
People often forget that contour makeup is not one-shade-fits-all. Get a proper skin tone analysis from a professional and choose colors that are one (and no more than two) shades away from your skin tone. Highlighters are meant to look like your natural skin with a very slight glow. Think pearl for light skin, and golden for a dark tones. It’s best to avoid those with heavy shimmer and glitter unless you’re going for a very done-up effect at night.