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Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and Highlighting

With contouring and highlight, remember highlighting brings the areas forward and draws attention to that part of the face. Contouring recedes the areas. Contouring gives your face shape and depth. You can alter your face shape with highlight and contouring tricks.

Contour your cheek bones. add a little bronzer and or a shade darker foundation or even eye shadow below your cheek bone, from the hairline to towards the apples of your cheek, in a wedge-like shape. This trick is especially good for women who have very round faces. You can find your cheek bone by sucking in your cheeks and put the color in the hollow of the face. Contouring is all about reshaping your face and giving it sharper edges. On the top of the cheek you can add highlighter, apply your blush between both of these and blend, blend, blend. Make sure you see no harsh lines.

To bring areas of your face forward, emphasizing them, do the opposite to contouring and use a highlighter a bit lighter than your skin color. The areas you want to do this to are the top of the cheek bones, and the center of your eyelids. When it comes to your lips, dab a lighter lip shade or illuminating cream just in the middle of them.

Round face is fuller and usually stays younger looking longer  than the other face shapes. It's shorter, fairly wide, with full cheeks and a rounded chin. Highlight your forehead, underneath the eyes just on top of the cheekbones, and the center of your chin to draw attention to the center of your face.Contour your temples, cheeks, and jawline with a bronzer or powder or cream  that is one or two levels darker than your skin tone to create the appearance of an oval face. Make sure you blend, blend, blend. Check the darker colors to make sure you do not have harsh lines, do not use anything that is too dark for your skin

Long face shaped face has high cheekbones, a high, deep forehead and a strong, sharp, chiseled jawline. Never highlight or contour your face. This will only make your face look longer. Brush a bit of bronzer or dark color foundation across your chin to help shorten its length. Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. This will help widen and shorten your face. When applying your blush, start closer in on the apples of the cheeks and brush outward across the face.

Pear Face shaped face is narrow at the temples and forehead and wider at the cheeks and jawline. Highlight your forehead to create the illusion of width, and highlight underneath the eyes on top of the cheekbones and the tip of your chin. Contour the jawline and the cheeks to minimize their width.

Square Face is the same width at the forehead, the cheeks and the jaw. Highlight down the center of your forehead, underneath the eyes just on top of the cheekbones, and the tip of your chin to draw attention to the middle of your face. Contour your hairline at the two corners by your temples and the jaw at the two corners. Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks to this will draw attention away from the corners of the square and help widen the area and make it appear more oval.

Oval Face is considered by most to be the perfect facial shape It is usually broader at the cheeks, tapering in slightly at both the forehead and the chin. You do not need to contour and highlight your face.

To make a wide or very round forehead appear narrower, shade just the temples or sides of the forehead.

To slim your nose you would apply the contouring shade on each side blending carefully, and the highlighter down the center of your nose.

If you want your nose to appear shorter. Shade the underside of the tip of your nose. For a small, thin chin, apply highlighter to the center of the chin, directly under the center of the lip. To minimize a double chin, apply a darker foundation shade (don’t go to dark) along the jaw line and blend it down, towards your neck. This creates depth and helps to strengthen the jaw line.

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