Highlighting and Contouring with Makeup

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.

Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes

Just as with anything our eyes see, shading softens and lightening 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).

Highlighting lifts the face

Where to apply:

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.

Contouring creates a frame around your face and neckline

Finally, create a “V” shape from the lowest dip of your chest line, 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!

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 “C” shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones.

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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

Five Minute Makeup

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Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri for Nicole Williams State Farm Insurance

Want to be beautiful all day long in just five minutes? I can show you how.

As a makeup artist, I have to do good work quickly since YOU have places to go! Here is a beauty base you can flaunt in just minutes:

First, you will need the following items:

CONCEALER, BRONZER, BLUSH, MASCARA, LIP GLOSS or CRÉME,  and MAKEUP BRUSHES

Next:

~Apply CONCEALER with foundation brush in the t-zone and to blemishes. Blend outwards

~Apply BRONZER with bronzing brush to all outsides of the face and neckline. Include under the cheekbone

~Apply BLUSH to apples of the cheeks. BLEND into bronzer with circular motions with a big, clean powder brush

~Apply MASCARA to both sides of top lashes and to bottom, if desired.  Two coats are great as long as you wait a minute between coats. Brush out any clumps with a dry mascara wand or lash brush

~Apply COLOR LIPGLOSS in matte or shiny

The emphasis in this look is bright skin. If you want extra beautiful, you can add on from here…especially if it’s date night.

Good luck! Feel free to comment about your experience below.

Rebecca From Reno

Published Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri, BreezeSalon.Reno@gmail.com  / 775.338.9241