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.
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.
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!