Beauty For Beginners: Highlighting & Contouring

Hi everyone, today I am back with my third installment of Beauty For Beginners. This series was originally just created to help beginners starting out in the confusing world of make-up and I’m really proud to say that this series has done well for itself so far!

Firstly I’ll be defining highlighting and contouring:

Contouring: technique using shading to define and enhance certain facial features. You can do things from enhancing your cheekbones to slimming your nose and even slim down your face as a whole! Comes in either a liquid formula or a powder. I’d recommend powder for beginners because liquid can get very tricky sometimes. As I’ve said before, all up to preference. Some people like to use liquid because it gives them a seamless finish and doesn’t look like make-up.

Highlighting: Simply put, highlighting adds a shimmer effect to areas on the face so certain features appear more sculpted, which in turn makes the contour stand out. Areas known best for highlighting are under the brow, above the cheekbones, the cupids bow and the line of the nose.

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From right to left: my contour powder is actually a pressed powder from Edgars and a steal at R32,95! It’s in the shade Mahogany. Next we have the Beauty Treats LA Perfect face trio which comes with a highlighter, contour and blush which I purchased from Dis-Chem. I accidentally threw in my pressed powder on the left just to make the photo look full, whoops. I will have a full review on the Beauty Treats LA palette soon.

SKIN TONE: If you’re fair only use one shade darker than your skin tone to avoid the harsh colour showing. If you are like me and relatively tan then you go 2 shades darker and so on. Highlighters should be almost the same colour as your skin with just a hint of shimmer. Unless you want to look like Edward Cullen, avoid highlighters with glitter.

BRUSHES: As you all know my first installment was on brushes. I use the fanning brush to highlight and an angled contour brush to contour.

One thing to take into consideration is the shape of your face and I’ve left a chart description down below for the types of face shapes. You can determine which one is yours. Unfortunately, I’m only able to give the basics of contour and highlighting but there are tons of blogs with more in-depth articles if mine does not work for you.

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The steps below may sound a tad bit confusing but if you would like an in-depth tutorial I won’t mind putting one up on my YouTube channel. You can find my channel, just click here xo

Areas to contour would be the corners of the forehead and then the hollows of your cheek. If you can’t seem to pinpoint the hollows of your cheek, simply suck in your face as if you were making a “fishy face” and it should be more visible. Next, move on to the jaw bone to shape the face as a whole. Contouring your nose is optional, some people prefer to have a slimmer nose and that’s okay. If you feel like yours is fine you don’t have to worry about this step.

When highlighting the main areas to focus on are above and below the brow bone. If you contoured your nose you can highlight down the middle and on your cupids bow. Then above the cheekbones and you’re good to go!

I only have 1 more post for my series of Beauty For Beginners unless anyone has any requests which you can leave in the comments and I’ll be sure to help out. I’m really excited to announce that I have a VLOG coming on Thursday so you definitely want to head over to my channel and subscribe so that you’ll be notified when it goes up!

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Beauty For Beginners Series: Foundations & BB Creams

Hi everyone, so here I am with part 2 of my Beginners Series and today I’ll be discussing Foundations and BB Creams. I feel like there isn’t nearly enough posts and once again I’m not trying to say that I’m a pro, but I hope you’ll find my information useful.

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Pictured above are my holy grail foundation products and my all time fave, the BB cream.

From left to right: Garnier BB Cream in the shade Medium (light coverage), Yardley London Foundation in the shade Natural (Full coverage but lightweight) and Black Opal cosmetics foundation in the shade Honey (full coverage, heavy).

 

There are various aspects to foundation such as the right shade, the amount of coverage, the feel on your skin, how long it lasts and most importantly how well it works for you. It can be really daunting using foundations and if not applied properly, it may look cakey (a term used when too much product is visible on the skin) and not blended properly, so your neck doesn’t match your face, which can be really embarrassing. Last night I posted my introduction to brushes and in this case I would recommend a foundation brush and a Beauty Blender or sponge.

Foundation:

There are 2 types of foundations: liquid and powder. Liquid foundation has grown considerably over time and has developed into products such as BB cream, tinted moisturizers, CC creams and so much more. Simply put, the difference between liquid and powder foundations is that the one is in the form of a compressed powder and the other comes in a liquid or cream. The cream versions are products like mousse or paste. You can use either or both, I personally like liquid foundations and prefer to set with a pressed powder.

Finding The Right Shade:

Oh how I wish I had known this before I went out buying make-up for the first time. You can’t judge the colour of foundation by looking at the bottle, you need to test it out. I prefer asking a cosmetics consultant to help me when choosing a foundation due to the fact that it is free of charge and you may ask them for advice such as the coverage you need, which products would suit your skin best etc.

Your Skin Type:

This is extremely important when dealing with foundations and the reason I prefer to speak to a consultant. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to use a shiny, illuminating foundation because that will make your skin more shiny. If you have really dry skin, you don’t want to use a matte foundation because that will make your skin appear more dry and in turn dry out your skin. If you struggle with acne, you should look into a foundation that contains blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.

Coverage:

Basically, coverage is how light or heavy your foundation is. The lighter your foundation, the less coverage it is likely to have for example a BB Cream. The heavier a foundation is, the more coverage it provides so for acne and skin problems you’d look for a foundation with excellent coverage whereas for everyday use and just brightening up the skin you’d use a lighter coverage. I prefer a medium coverage because I hate the feeling of product on my face especially for the whole day.Β  There are light, medium, and full coverage foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC Creams (light) foundations will provide a very light, natural look. Medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes and dark marks. Full coverage is usually thicker and hides basically everything. Foundations can also have different finishes like matte, illuminating, satin, and more. Matte finishes will finish without any shine. Illuminating provides a sort of shimmer effect that looks dewy. Satin provides a sheer finish for a healthy glow.

TIPS:

Prime your face with a primer, gel or moisturizer. This acts as a barrier between the skin and the foundation and gives the foundation something to hold on to.

Use a good brush, or your fingers to apply the foundation.

Blend well, I love using my Beauty Blender. More information can be found in my previous post.

Lastly: Set your foundation with either a setting spray or pressed powder.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

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