If you’ve ever seen celebrities without makeup look unrecognizable, then you know how transformative certain techniques can be. These easy highlighting and contouring makeup tricks are optical illusions!
- When it comes to makeup, dark shades recede features, while light colours bring features forward. To use this idea to your advantage, you’ll need a contour colour or matte bronzer, one or two shades deeper than your skin tone, and a luminous highlighter that’s a bit lighter than your complexion. You can use cream or powder textures, or a combination of the two. No matter which formula you choose, be sure to use a makeup brush to blend; streaky contour makeup is a big ‘No No’.
- Create the illusion of thinner cheeks by applying your contour shade in a diagonal line from the centre of your cheek to the ear. Make a slight “fish face” while you do this to figure out the perfect placement, and don’t forget to blend. The higher you place your contour shade, the sharper your cheekbones will look. Swipe highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones to really bring out the contour.
- Fake a thinner nose: swipe a contour powder down the sides of the bridge of your nose (stop before you get to the nostrils). Blend highlighter down the bridge of your nose in a vertical line, if you want to bring your nose forward. If like me, your nose is big enough then skip highlighting your nose!
- To never have a double chin in photos again, apply bronzer along your jawline to define the area. Blend the shade to create a seamless contour and bring down onto your double chin.
- Play up your eyes, and leave your lips natural with a tinted balm or gloss. Full lips can emphasize roundness on the face, but eyes made to look large with makeup will make the rest of the face appear smaller in comparison.
- Choose the right eyebrow shape. A higher, more pronounced arch helps balance out a round face by vertically stretching its appearance.
- Highlight the centre of your face. Blend highlighter between your brows, on the bridge of the nose, on the Cupid’s bow above your upper lip and in the centre of your chin. This technique will help bring these features forward to downplay the width of your face.
- Don’t forget your forehead! Blend your contour shade into the temples and around the hairline to emphasize the angles of your bone structure.
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