|Model Justine Stevens, Photographer: Marlowe Holt, MUA: MakeupbyJanalyn (actual photo from my final photoshoot at Bella Torre Academy)|
Contouring is probably one of the most difficult techniques to perfect (I still practice contouring) but its one of the most important, especially for fashion makeup!
I helped out the Bella Torre Academy graduating class recently with their final exam (not sure if Im allowed to say what the exam is, so I wont spill the beans!). But anyways they needed to apply all the techniques and theory they learned in class throughout the entire course. I found that they needed some pointers on contouring, so I was happy to share my tips and tricks with them.
As a disclosure, all makeup artists use different techniques, tools and products for contouring, and there are many different ways to contour, but this is just one of the easiest ways I know and a great way to practice. Later on, you can experiment and even make up your own way or what works for you. There are NO RULES in makeup artistry!
In the words of the Black Eyed Peas..."Lets get it started!"
Tools/Products You Will Need:
- Contour Brush, Blush Brush or Small Duo Fibre Brush (any one will work)
- Kabuki Brush (or any brush you would use to buff out product)
- Powder Bronzer (Nars 'Laguna' is my fav!)
- Good lighting!
- Of course, you always want to analyze before doing any makeup, especially contouring. Placement is key to this particular technique.
- Feel for the cheekbone. The cheekbone will usually run from the ear down to the apples of the cheeks.
- Now that you know exactly where the cheekbone is, you want to apply bronzer to the hollows of your cheekbone, which is that soft area right below the cheekbone.
- Start from the outside (base of ear) and work your way in (towards below apples of cheeks) in a straight, slightly diagonal line (everyones face structure will be different) using light strokes
- Just like with eyeshadow, you usually dont want any harsh lines, but a gradient effect.
- Take a step back and see if you went too dark in any areas or if it travelled to places you didnt want it. Buff it out.
|Model: Kaitlyn Metcalf, Photographer: Steve Dantzig, Swimsuit: Blue Nalu, Jewelry: Jane Metcalf 'JAM Designs', MUA: MakeupbyJanalyn|
Contouring is such a great technique to learn, and once you get comfortable with it you can really create a wide variety of looks, characters, and even change the appearance of your facial structure!
Do you have any tips, tricks, products or tools you use for contouring?