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Monday, May 4, 2015

New Makeup Technique: Contouring

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Vanessa Tierney Photography

Brides are always looking for new ways to enhance their W-Day makeup and to be as gorgeous as possible – no matter the destination wedding conditions! Makeup conturing has been on the rise in the past few years (the Kardashians are devout fans) and it’s perfect for brides who want to look their absolute best in those HD wedding photos! For those who are interested, we’ve asked Blushington’s head makeup artist, Jessica Scantlin, to weigh-in with her top tips for creating this bold makeup look.

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The top tips to contour your face are very simple. Firstly, never use anything with a shimmer when contouring. You want it to look as natural as possible and as much as I wish we had a natural shimmer to our skin, we simply don't.

Even if you weren’t born with defined cheekbones, you can effortlessly contour your face using bronzer. When choosing your bronzer, make sure it's only a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, similar to the color your skin turns when you tan. This will ensure a more natural contour look, will prevent a harsh line of demarcation and creates a gentle sun-kissed look. With an angled powder brush, sweep a little bronzer into the hollow of your cheeks (you can pout to find this!) taking it up towards your ear and hairline. This will contour and enhance those cheekbones!

Always contour underneath your natural cheekbone. If you have a long face, skip this and contour more at the jaw line and around the chin, as you don't want your face to look longer. If you have a rounder face, be sure to contour underneath your cheekbone to create a more elongated appearance.

If you have a more flat face and want to create an apple or plumpness around your cheeks and face, start from the ear, drop down along underneath the cheekbone and curve near the nose just like a little hook. This way you're creating the apple of the cheek.

If you have close-set eyes, do not contour all the way up your nose for nose contouring…that is for wider-set eyes and nose. Instead, contour at the end or the tip of your nose. However, if you do you have wider-set eyes and nose, bring the contour from the tip or the end of your nose all the way up.

Be sure to slightly contour your forehead to create more depth. If you have a wider forehead, contour more at the edges to make it appear as if is a little smaller.

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