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 β€œV” 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 β€œC” 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

Eye Shadow Expert

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How do you choose your eye shadow color? If you want to bring attention to your eyes, use an opposite color from your eye color.

For green eyes, use copper, maroon, or purple.

For blue eyes, use copper, gold, peach or maroon.

For brown eyes, use green, blue, pink or purple.

If you want to bring attention to the rest of your face, such as to your lips, make your eye shadow the same color as your eyes.
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For natural looks, a color wash can be a nice touch. Use a gentle, single color on your lids in matte or shimmer. Remember, shimmer shows texture so if you have fine lines, use matte shadows only.

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Eye Shadow Trio

Most eye shadow palettes have matching colors in them. Use the darkest color in the crease of your eye, the medium color on the eyelid and the lightest color just under the browbone.

If you want to match your eye shadow to your outfit, do a color wash in a light color across your lids only. Be liberal but do not do a tri-color smokey eye that matches your outfit unless you want to look like 1983. Remember: modern is simple!
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Tip: Doing your eyeshadow before applying your face makeup lets you clean up any color particles that may fall under your eye during application. Then you can proceed with the rest of your look.

Enjoy!

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Men and Eyebrow Grooming

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Men’s Eyebrows Should Be Well-Groomed

Dark or medium-haired men usually need a good brow grooming at least every month or two. Try a natural shape with no added arch to keep it masculine. Tweeze or wax around the brow line at the top and, if needed, under the eyebrow. Especially clean the spot in the center of the face between the two brows, known as the ‘uni-brow’ area.

After shaping, trim the brows to make them less bushy. Brush them upwards with a small bristle brush and gently trim all hairs that exceed the eyebrow line. Do the same for the underside of the brow.

Good eyebrows frame the eye and add balance . Be sure yours are doing their job!

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