Spring Makeup-Contouring Tutorial

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I like my daily makeup to look natural and I want to be able to apply and be ready to go in less than 10-15 minutes.

I have been using blush for as long as I can remember.  It wasn’t that long ago that I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when using bronzer.  I just knew that I loved how it made my face have a sun-kissed glow.  Last summer I read an article about contouring that changed the way I’ve put on makeup everyday!  It’s fast, easy, and helps minimize and accentuate what I want to highlight.  Contouring sounds fancy but it probably is something that you are doing to some extent already!

Before contouring, I apply foundation, concealer, and eye makeup.  I know adding eye makeup first sounds backwards but it makes it so much easier to correct any mistakes. I learned this when having a makeover at MAC and wow has it been a lifesaver more than once.

contouring pic 1            Nars Blush

Now, we’re ready to contour!  I like the Essential Contour Kit because it makes contouring easy!  It even comes with a picture that is color coded as well as step-by-step instructional guide.  The palette includes 3 darker shades of bronzer for shading and defining and 3 lighter shades for highlighting and enhancing.  The variety of shades works with every skin tone and makes it easy to transition between seasons! I also apply Nars Blush in Orgasm on the apples of my cheekbones.

There are so many brushes that you can use for contouring!  I recently updated my makeup brushes adding Palette | Professional Makeup Brush Collection.  It has 15 brushes that meet all of my makeup needs and more.

             contouring pic 1  countouring with brush

Shading and Defining:

For shading and defining, I like to use an angled brush.  It helps with soft application and blending.

For your forehead, cheeks, and jaw choose a shade darker than your skin tone and think of the number 3!  I will list each step but for me it was easier for me to visualize that I was making the number 3 on each side of my face with bronzer.

Start with your cheeks, pucker up and make a crescent shaped line along the hollows of your cheeks up to your hairline.  Then move up and shade the forehead starting at the temples and around the hairline.  Next, start at your chin, and shade up your jawbone. Then repeat on the other side.  Lastly, to make the nose appear slim and more defined, create two parallel lines starting from the inner corner of your eyebrows to the bottom tip of your nose.


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For highlighting, I like to use a soft, flat head brush.  Choose a shade from the palette that is a shade lighter than your skin tone, and apply above your brows, down the center of your nose, and under your eyes.  Using your brush, blend the highlight and bronzer together using the highlighting powder so that there are no visible lines.


blush brush               Nars Blush

Using a powder/blush brush to apply your favorite blush to get rid of any lines and enhance your cheeks!  My favorite blush is Nars Blush in Orgasm.   It is known for working well on many skin tones!

If you are a visual learner like I am, this photo may help:

I guarantee that it will be so much faster than reading this post, haha!

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I would love to hear about your favorite contouring products!  Please leave any tips, tricks, or questions in the comment box!  Don’t miss a post, subscribe and have posts delivered straight to your inbox!

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