So I’ve shown you a few different techniques that you can use to create very different makeup looks and now I am going to show you something that you can add into any of those looks that will help you showcase that lovely bone structure.
Highlights and lowlights, or contouring, are often overlooked in the daily makeup routine. Probably the most the average female does to shadow her face is apply a darker color eyeshadow or maybe a dark blush to her cheeks. There is much more to using highlights and lowlights though. I have mentioned before that I have a bump in my nose from a baseball accident when I was little and that to distract from that little bump I line the sides of my nose with a little contour color. That is just one of the ways you can emphasize or draw attention away from certain facial characteristics.
As per your normal makeup routine you want to start with a clean well moisturized face. Using your concealer and/or foundation to cover blemishes and create a fresh pallet for you to work on.
To contour my face I use a medium-size, soft-bristled, round brush and a brown matte eyeshadow.
Next to emphasize my cheekbones I trace a line directly under the bottom edge of the bone from my ear towards my nose, stopping about 2/3rds of the way in. If you have a round face this can help you add some angles that will help thin it out a bit. This technique is very individualistic in that you can play up what you like and hide what you don’t. If you have a very thin face or very large cheek bones you may not want to emphasis them but instead showcase your jaw line or your eyes to balance out your face. Play with this technique. Find what works for you.
Using a light pearly pink face shimmer I highlight the apples of my cheeks.
I then apply a base coat of a flesh toned matte eyeshadow.
Using a liner brush I add a very dark brown to my lash line.
Then, I highlight my brow bone.
I then apply some mascara to make my eyes really pop.
You can use these highlight and lowlight techniques on their own for a more natural look or you can do as I have done here and incorporate them into a makeup look of your choosing.
Use your face as canvas. Remember that you only want to highlight the HIGH parts of your face and contour only the lower parts of your face. The snow on the mountain is always at its highest peeks not in the valley. Once again, nature shows us the way.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial.