- Use a highlighter that's 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation.
- Find your cheekbones- make a fish face or use your fingers to press gently into the hallow area under your cheek bone.
- Use a Bronzer or foundation. (Cream is best) that's at least 2 - 3 shades darker than your foundation - and sweep it in the hallows you just found.
- Minimize any other areas that apply to you using the same contour shade- forehead apply at hairline to lower high forehead - at temples to minimize a wide forehead.
- Contour the crease of the eyes , according to eye shape... Deep set, hooded, prominent etc….
- Keeping it simple - use the same contour to shape the sides of the nose - adjusting highlighter and contour to fix a too wide / too narrow nose - or just to keep it in harmony with the rest of the make up.
- Brush contour under jawline to help accentuate it's shape and to reduce any gravity nonsense... Double chin if you will.
- Using your regular foundation color --- stipple it over the highlight and contour and blend it in using a stipple brush….
- Set with translucent powder.
- Finish makeup - eyes, blush lips.
- Use a contour brush or blush brush to apply contour.
Tip: Use a sponge to apply highlighter as the natural cut shape of the sponge helps with placement... Cream concealer brushes are also used to apply the highlighter to smaller areas...
Tip: Translucent powder or loose powder is used to set liquid and cream products – using a light shade for highlight and a darker shade for contour if available... If not regular translucent loose powder is perfect!
Tip: For those who use mineral foundations like bare essentials - simply choose a lighter shade and a darker shade that corresponds/harmonize with the foundation shade and proceed as explained...
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