Have you ever caught yourself confused while watching videos on how to properly contour? In this article, I will be sharing some of my tips and tricks to solve the mystery of defining and highlighting your best features! Contouring can work wonders for enhancing beautiful bone structure or downplaying features you want to minimize.
- Imagine drawing a line from your lip corner to the top of your ear
- You should only shade in this line as contouring pushes features back and does wonders in lifting cheekbones
- Always start from the ear and blend it forward
- Make sure you choose the right colour for your skin tone!
Never use shimmer and use contouring product that at least two or three shades darker than your skin tone. Doing this will achieve higher and more lifted cheekbones.
- Highlight cheeks to give it that definition. Don’t be surprised but proper contouring can make you look 10 years younger!
- If you don’t have contouring product, feel free to use bronzer!
Finally BLEND, BLEND, BLEND !!!
An exclusive ANA V Technique – Wine Contouring
What is this?
It is the technique that uses matte blush of a darker colour (wine coloured), to define the cheeks. This is a technique for those who wish to minimize the cheeks and make them look more defined. If you’d like to maximize the cheeks and have a glow, use a shiny and powdery blush texture.
- Apply blush in an angular motion blending from the apples of the cheeks towards the temples. You can do this by imagining drawing a number 1 and brushing down more emphasis on the front cheek.
Highlight those gorgeous features!
A lot of the time, we’re faced with questions like ‘Where do i highlight?’, ‘How do I highlight?’ and the list goes on! SO what is the right shade? The Ana V golden rule is that the colour has to be the same or lighter than your skin tone. Highlighting works wonders to brings your face to life and is the quickest way to amp up basic makeup!
- Apply highlighter to cheekbones, straight down centre of nose, underneath eyebrows (on top and under browbones). This is because these spots catches the light! Don’t forget the inner corner of the eyes for that ultimate glow.
- Imagine a downwards triangle underneath eye: where eye bags are. Apply the highlighter in that shape.
- Use a feathery blush and sweep away
- Be sure not to smile because it causes the area to move and wrinkle. Also, make sure your skin is not dry and do not apply on blemished/puffy skin- it’ll make them look puffier.
The best colours for your skin tone:
Pale Skin– a yellow-toned highlighter
Sun-Kissed Skin– soft and rose gold
Brown Skin– golden bronze or beige
Darker Skin– burgundy bronze
Get the Kylie Jenner Pout
How to achieve the Kylie Jenner signature pout without the use of lip liners or using the bottle
- Exfoliate and apply lip balm
- Use shimmering powder or eye shadow to highlight the top of lips and this instantly gives the appearance of a fuller lip
- Highlight the two natural lines underneath nose, above the mouth
- Highlight the middle of the bottom lip.This creates roundness. Be sure to always do this after applying lipstick. You can also use this technique with clear lip gloss
- Do not apply too much on the outer edges and make sure it’s centred
Eyebrows on point!
Did you know if you have a harsh arch in the wrong place, it appears as if you have puffy eyes? The correct brow can straighten the nose, make your features look even and brighten the eyes.
- Imagine drawing line from the bottom of your nose to the start of the eyebrow (1st line)
- Draw a line from the pupil spot to the eyebrow (where the arch is) (2nd line)
- End of the eye to where it meets the eyebrow – outer corner to eyebrow (3rd line)
Tips: Always check brows from the side to see the profile view
Match your brow pencil to your brow hair colour not your desired hair colour.
Buy brow gel. This is great if you’d like to temporarily lighten or darken the brow and hold it in place
Also! Ladies, remember! Don’t wax your eyebrows on the day of event as it removes a light layer of skin and makes it impossible for foundation to stay on!
The Best Contouring Tools:
Perfectly rounded, densely packed, soft bristles for creating that contoured look
If you are using dark colours, use an Angel contour brush with soft and round edges
To Highlight, use a tapered highlighter brush (with sharp tip) – which diffuses and gives skin a natural glow
Tip: Whenever you want to buy a new makeup brush, balance on the very tip, hold vertically on your hand with the bristle facing down to test the strength. It should only have a slight bend or else it’s hard to use. Something to remember: Expensive brushes are not necessarily good brushes.