Good skin tone is the foundation of great makeup. Here are the basics you need to know about what to do AFTER you smooth your skin tone with concealer or foundation:
Just as with anything our eyes see, shading softens and lighting brightens. Good contouring, or shading, is done with a neutral color that is up to two shades darker than your skin tone. Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery).
Contouring goes anywhere you want to diminish and it also frames your face and neckline. Creams and liquids will work for this but I prefer powders. Apply under the cheekbones, in the corners of the forehead and slightly under the jawline. Extend those lines down from the earlobe to the collarbone on each side of your neck. Finally, create a “V” shape from the lowest dip of your chestline, connecting your contouring to the collarbones. Blend in big circles with a clean, dry powder brush. This effect will bring the attention to the center of your face where you want people to look-to your communication board!
Highlighting lifts the face and accentuates the beauty of your bone structure. I prefer cream highlighters in matte or shimmer. Apply under your browbone and in a big, dotted “C” shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones. If you have a proportionate nose, you can also run a thin line down the center of your nose and lightly tap the upper lip and center of your chin. A little goes a long way, so be gentle and remember to blend.
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