Introduction: Everyday Makeup Contouring
You don't need any special products or tools to become a master at contouring. If you're feeling a little intimidated by the suggestion, follow my easy guide. If I didn't already have the product (like foundation, concealer, mascara, or eyeliner... The basics that have been knocked around my makeup bag) I purchased them at the dollar store for $1 a piece (including the brushes). Nothing cost more than $8 brand new. Try this Instructable out and let me know how it works for you!
Step 1: Foundation
Using a foundation that exactly matches your skin tone, use a foundation brush or your fingers to apply all over face.
Step 2: Concealer
Using a concealer that either perfectly matches your skin tone or is one shade lighter, cover any blemishes or dark circles.
Step 3: Contours
Using either foundation or bronzer 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone, (matte is best for this, but I used a shimmery bronzer with no problem) brush angled lines under your cheekbones. These should run from the top of your ear toward the corner of your mouth. Don't go all the way to your mouth, or you'll look too severe. Also shade your jawline, the sides of your nose, and under your bottom lip. I also shade around my hairline, just to make my face stand out more.
Step 4: Highlights
Using foundation that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone, apply to the areas of your face that would normally catch sun. The middle of your forehead, the tops of your cheekbones, the Cupid's bow above your top lip, and the top of your chin.
Step 5: Blend
Using a clean brush, lightly blend your highlights into your contours. This is where I like to blend the shading under my cheekbones down and around the apple of my cheeks to the corners of my nose, to define my cheeks. Do this all over your face making sure to blend the highlights into the contours and not the other way around, or you'll lose the definition and it will look muddy.
Step 6: Blush
Add blush in the area between he highlight and contour of your cheeks.
Step 7: Lips
If you so choose, now is the time for lipstick, gloss, and liner. You can also add a dot of a shimmery gloss to the center of our bottom lip to make your lips appear fuller.
Step 8: Eyes
I like dramatic eye makeup because my eyes are my best feature, but use whatever products you prefer. For my smoky eyes, line the top lash line and outer bottom corner with black liner. Using dark purple eyeshadow, shade the outer corner and crease. Using a lighter shade with some shimmer, shade the inner corner and under the darker crease. Finish with a very light shadow on your brow bone and make sure the shadows blend into each other with no harsh lines. Add mascara and you're done.
Step 9: Set With Finishing Powder
Using a finishing powder like my Fergie "To Reflect" pressed powder by Wet N' Wild, lightly brush over face ( especially the highlighted areas) to set the foundation.
Step 10: Admire Your Finished Product
Now you know how to create glamorous, photo-ready looks with basic beauty tools that won't break the bank. Enjoy!