Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How To: Contouring For The Clueless

Bienvenue! Welcome back! I can tell you it feels fabulous to be bringing you the best in beauty once again. Let's jump straight into it - today, I'm going to delve into the art of contouring.

I’m crazy for contouring and its truly epic power to instantly add drama, depth and length to your face.

We’ve all tried our hand at it, but chiseling those cheekbones can prove tricky even for the skilled.

But this beauty is not just for the make-up artists and those armed with a plethora of brushes, creams and powders.

Use these steps to fast-track your way to flawlessly finessed features.

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Get your cheekbones seriously sculpted with these steps:

Step 1: Prep and prime your face with a foundation like Revlon Photo Ready Compact Make-up in Medium Beige, $34.95 that mimics your natural skin tone.

Step 2: Imagine a line from the top of your ear to the corner of your lip and then find a powder or bronzer two shades darker than your natural skin colour like Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $105. Stick to this line and shade an inch-and-a-half width inwards under the cheekbone and right in to the hollows to create a subtle shadow.

Step 3: To really bring out the structure; highlight and blend the top of the cheekbone and underneath your shading with an illuminator or highlighting palette. We love Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Gleamer, $60.

Step 4: Finish off by sweeping blush from the apple of your cheek up to the highest end of your cheekbone. Try Rimmel London Mono Blush in Santa Rose, $9.95.