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Achieve It!

Contouring: Part One
professional contouring

Achieve It! – Contouring: Part One

Contouring is a tutorial you’ll find on so many  beauty blogs, and  yet, we still see the same kind of makeup mistakes on a regular basis.

I know how it goes. You see the glossy before and after portraits of someone who has a had a professional makeover. They’ve had a makeup artist do them up, they’re placed in perfect lighting and you say, “That! I want that!” The problem is, you can’t pay for a pro  and you’re not standing in flattering lighting at all times of day.

So what do you do?

I created this blog tutorial to walk  you through  contouring, because it doesn’t have to be complicated. There are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re starting out.

For the first tutorial, we are focusing on everyday contouring. If you work in an office or run errands all day, the key is to keep it simple.

What you’ll need:

A shade of blush lighter than your skin tone
A shade of blush darker than your skin tone
A clean and soft blush brush

If you are worried you might have a hard time finding the right shades, don’t. There are enough shades to choke a camel–so just get out there. Any store should have your shade.

Step One:  Start with the highlights first. Take the lighter blush and softly brush along your cheekbone. The key is to have a light hand and to not  apply too much.

Step Two: Lightly brush the darker blush color into the hollow of your cheeks just below the cheekbone. This will really bring out your bone structure and hollow out your cheeks. It’s better to apply the color lightly and build: only a small amount of blush is needed to create that slight shadow below your cheekbone.

Step Three:  You’re done.

Be sure to stay tuned for part two of contouring next week – in the meantime, we’d love to see your pictures of contouring.

Achieve it!


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