Chisel your Cheeks:
The Best Contouring Products and Techniques
We might not all be blessed with the cheekbones of Scarlett Johansson or Kim Kardashian, but there are some clever tricks that can make the most of out each woman’s unique face shape. If you want to enhance your bone structure, here are some easy and important contouring tricks for a more sculpted and slenderized face without having to go on a juice detox or diet!
For more defined cheekbones, a thinner nose, or a smaller forehead, it is important to have two different hues, one lighter and darker than your skin. There are plenty contour palettes available, for example the “Shade + Light” Contour Palette by Kat Von D comes in six different shades, three for contouring and three shades for highlighting. If six shades is more than you need, a great yet effective palette is the “Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder” by Marc Jacobs.
Tip: Another way to achieve a contoured look without the advanced technique is to try a bronzer and a highlighter.
Shade + Light Contour Palette #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Before applying the contouring shades, prep the skin by applying moisturizer, a primer, and a little bit of foundation. This provides basic coverage and gives your face a base. When this is all completed, you’re ready to contour!
Use the lighter shade and apply it to the top of your cheekbones under the eye area, down the bridge of your nose, an upside triangle on your forehead, and the chin. Apply it with a small brush or a concealer brush. Then you want to blend the surrounding areas with a flat foundation brush. Next, apply your darker hue in the hollow of your cheekbones, underneath your chin, down the sides of the nose, and along the hairline. This creates the illusion of slimmer, younger features and helps the face appear to have lost a few pounds. Again, blend the edges with a blending brush.
When everything is blended you can apply a little bit of bronzer, highlighter, and blush according to your own preference. If you tend to get oily, set your work with a translucent powder. Make Up Forever has an excellent finish powder called “HD Microfinish Powder” which mattifies the skin without changing the colors that retails for $34.00.
Your completed look should be well blended and seamless. The highlights and contours should play together to create depth and dimension. Now it is time to get in touch with your inner make up artist and start experimenting with new techniques!
By: Bo Wester (The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor)
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.