Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cheekbones, Adele and Contouring Magic...

What makeup magic illusion technique can give more bang for the buck than a bucket-full of Botox and Juvaderm combined?....contouring and highlighting.  

Strategic placement of bronzer and highlighting powder/cream creates definition, impact and the all important slender-ization of the face. The right balance of product application and angle can create shadows, lightness and the illusion of supermodel-like cheek bones.
It may be an 80's/early 90's idea but well placed contouring can lift your cheekbones to the heavens!

{These girls know what time it is...time to contour}

Most recently Kim K. has been the poster-child for the power of contouring and we've all seen the amazing skill of her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.

She's no little lady but Adele always looks gorgeous with flawless classic makeup and a hefty amount of strategic face contouring. Her cheek-bones could cut someone at this years Oscar's...

She is proof-positive that the right tone of contouring powder does not have to make you look like you rolled in a bowl of Cheetos. 

I personally prefer a matte finish contouring powder without shimmer or glitter. A beige-brown tone tends to work better than an orange-brown tone and it should be mentioned that a contour product is not the same as a bronzer.
 Bronzing accentuates the places that the sun would hit your face naturally...cheek apples, bridge of nose, forehead. 
Contouring accentuates hollows and curves of the face creating definition and dimension. 

My go-to contouring products are...

Benefit Hoola, a perfect mid-tone matte contouring powder

Nars Laguna Bronzer. Overpriced but popular.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Smells like hot cocoa heaven...

NYC Sunny Bronzer. A fairly decent dupe for Benefit Hoola and about $20 cheaper!

Of course contouring is nothing without the right brush. My current most-used brush is this Real Techniques Core Collection powder brush. I pinch the brush bristles together to create a really intense line under my cheek bones then buff it out with a fluffy kabuki brush to minimize any harsh lines. 

So have you discovered the magic of face contouring? 
Who wouldn't want the appearance of a lifted chin, a refined nose and amazingly defined cheek bones? 

....and is Adele not a vocally-gifted-Oscar-award-winning-British-goddess-of-beauty?



Anonymous said...

Hoola is my favorite bronzer! Got a free sample and haven't looked back.

TILTE said...

Wow, that pic of Kardashian is NUTS. Practically her whole face is painted up.

Having had giant, puffy cheeks my whole life, I am well aware of contouring magic. Unfortunately, as I've gotten older, I've become lazier about make-up. Which is totally the reverse of what should be happening. I'm glad you did this post- I think I may go out and buy that NYC option.

Blushingloves Irene Greece said...

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Marie a la Mode said...

I don't like her but Kim Kardashian's makeup always looks flawless! I use Nars bronzer for contouring and I love it!

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