Have you ever heard of contouring? Contouring uses various shades of lighter skin tone and bronze colors to shade and accentuate features, minimizing your least favorite features and playing up your best ones. Not sure if it’s for you? Read on to see if it’s something you’d like to try!
There are contouring kits available with many shades to match your skin tone to highlight and contour, both in cream and powder versions. Is your skin tone pinker, or does it have olive or yellow undertones? Make sure you choose a palette with colors that have the right undertones for your skin. Tutorials are available online and on YouTube (a simple search will bring up plenty!), but it is best to watch several to see how involved you want to get with it. For a daytime look, definitely less is more! For an evening look, you can go a bit more dramatic.
A Light Hand
Until you really feel comfortable, stick to contouring shades within one to two shades of your natural skin tone. Experiment all you want in the comfort of your own home, but make sure you find your comfort level with it before taking it on the road! Generally, you will highlight the areas you want to accentuate with a lighter color and define features like the sides of your nose or cheekbones with a slightly deeper tone.
The most important things to remember is to use good lighting when you contour and blend, blend, blend! You want the suggestion of highlights and shadows, not harsh, noticeable lines. Making sure you moisturize with Christie’s RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream beforehand will help you to blend your contouring makeup more fully and easily. Experiment and have fun – makeup should make you feel good!