Changing Faces

My face is a funny shape – half way between round and oval – which can make me look rather, well, chubby in some photographs. This isn’t a post about weight-loss so don’t panic my aim here is to discuss cheekbones.

I want cheekbones that look defined and standout, in all the right ways. I don’t need to lose weight so the only way of achieving this structure look is with clever make up. This is where contouring comes in…

A dictionary definition of contouring suggests that it’s ‘A line that represents such an outline’, and this is exactly what I would like to accomplish with my cheekbones. With an every day look of course; I don’t want to look like Cruella De Vil!

It’s a popular trend this autumn and a beauty secret that has finally been reveal. It was displayed on the catwalks for autumn-winter 2012 with graphic looks at Alexander McQueen. Furthermore, it is not a make up look that has to be applied in isolation; it’ll work perfectly with smoky eyes or red lips.

For me it is important that this looks works on a daily basis. I don’t want to head into the office with catwalk make up as it is bound to turn heads for all the wrong reasons. This technique has the ability to change the colour and shape of any face. So, here’s hoping that I can master the technique and make my plump cheeks and jaw line look perfectly proportioned.

Make up artists refer to this technique as an art form, as it requires a grasp of highlighting and shading that follows a philosophy of making a 2D surface look three-dimensional.

Want my how-to guide? Here it is…

Step One: Create a completely flawless base – covering all blemishes or dry patches

Step Two: Find your cheekbones and apply a foundation line across them that is two shades darker than your natural colour. Make sure that the line reaches from your hair line to the corner of your mouth. Dab this in at the edges with a brush, so it blends slightly with your base colour at the edges.

Step Three: Repeat this action on your temples. It’s a strange concept but by adding in colour where your temples are it’ll make your lighter areas appear smaller, which means it is working. Stop this colour just above where your eyebrow finishes.

Step Four: To avoid looking patchwork you NEED to carefully blend the contouring areas with your base colour. Use the same brush as you did earlier and really play around until you achieve a look that makes the contouring stand out in a truly natural way.

Step Five: Now it’s time to focus on your T-Zone. Take a light powder and add it under your contour lines, the nose, eyebrows, and under the chin. This will slightly lighten these areas and add definition.

Step Six: now finish off your eyes and the rest of your make up and include a gentle touch of blusher to give this look colour and make it appear natural.

What do you think?

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