Highlighting and Contouring Makeup

The buzzwords highlighter and contour have been circulating for a few years now. If you need help understanding how to apply and choose your colors, read on..

For starters, good skin tone is the foundation of any great makeup look. With many modern women opting out of foundation, a good complexion can be as easy as keeping fit with exercise, nutrition and lots of water. If you prefer not to go bare, apply a thin layer of foundation in your skin type need: lotion or powder for oily skin, cream for dry skin. Concealer can be used sparingly as needed.

Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes

After you have your base figured out, choose a contour that is the same texture as your base: powder for powder, cream for cream. If you are bare-skinned or only have a powder contour, apply a translucent powder across the entirety of your face with a fat, fluffy brush first. Your contour should be in a neutral brown that is two shades darker than your skin tone. For special events and photography, you can go three shades darker.

Since contouring recedes, smooth it into a soft frame around your face and neck, shoulders included, (if you are showing them). This dark recession will cause framing around your face, bringing the attention to your eyes and mouth.

Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery).

Highlighting lifts the face

Use matte highlighter for photo sessions

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 โ€œCโ€ shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones.

Hair and Makeup by Breeze Salon Reno

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.

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon Reno

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