BEAUTY BAR: Craving Contour

July 7th, 2015 at 2:00am

The greatest secret from fashion’s top makeup artists has made its way from the runway to every Fashionista’s beauty routine. Contouring is the art of creating shadows to create subtle definitions in facial structure. While celebrities have glam squads to masterfully articulate flawless faces, it has never been easier to do at home.

With rising temperatures in the Midwest, the thought of putting on heavy liquid makeup almost seems unbearable. This Fashionista prefers a powdered alternative to keep her skin feeling light. Powder makeup will give any Fashionista that subtle contouring while letting the skin breathe.

Finding the natural contours of your face is crucial when mastering the art. Standing under a light will easily help you find the high points and natural hollows of your face. This Fashionista does an excellent job of highlighting and shadowing in the right areas. Notice how she highlights the tops of her cheekbones and the bridge of her nose to define her natural contours. To add depth, she applies a light layer of a darker shade to the hollows of her cheeks and the sides of her nose. When shadowing, it is important to use the darker tones sparingly to keep a natural appeal.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR? Want to have flawless, contoured faces like Kendall Jenner or Selena Gomez? A local trip to the cosmetics counter will unlock your professional makeup artist within! This Fashionista is obsessed with Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit since it has all the shades she needs. The best part is that it has a cheat sheet to help apply the different shades. A large, angled contour brush is the perfect tool to blend harsh lines. Apply a light pink powder blush a bit further back from the apples of the cheeks to add more subtle structure. Lastly, add a dark matte lipstick to complete an elegant approach.