I love what a little everyday contouring and hi-lighting can do for the face. It adds definition, enhances bone structure even for those that don’t think they have it ; ) plus it can give the illusion of a sleeker, even younger appearance to the face. This morning I was on CTV Morning Live sharing tips to simply add contouring and hi-lighting to your everyday makeup routine, so you too can enjoy the benefits.
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TIP: Contouring works best with an even toned complexion using a foundation, tinted moisturizer etc. to tone down any redness or discoloration in the face.
If you are going to try contouring I strongly recommend using pro-versions. Using the best tools will yield the best results and therefore worth owning. Below are the products mentioned in the segment that I use professionally, personally and highly recommend to those who don’t have a pro artist on-call. You don’t need to be a pro artist to buy!!
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in medium. Works great for fair to medium/ tan skin. Velvety, matte and fine textured which can be layered for color intensity without looking cakey on the skin. Apply over moist or powder foundations. Pair it with the lovely The Celestial Powder for delicate hi-lighting with an ethereal glow.
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Tools are just as important as the product itself. Loving my new Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes (double-ended sculpting brush). Super soft bristles that gently glide over skin. Use the angled end to apply a contour powder, and the rounded or full end to dust on a soft shimmer hi-lighter.
Senna Cosmetics Face Sculpting Kit (shown – shade 1) is a luxurious matte cream (non greasy) version and is so easily blended. It also has a brightener, hi-lighter, instructions and comes with the brush too! Best applied over a moist foundation for smooth application. Suitable for all skin types. Created by pro makeup artist Eugenia Weston for makeup artists as well as non pros.
It takes several tries to get the knack for contouring on yourself. Practice with the hollow of the cheeks first, as that is the toughest area to get the proper angle, the right intensity and length of contour line. Once you get the hang of it you’ll use it all the time and the other areas to contour are easy-peasy!
**Much thanks goes to my model Ashley P. of Models International Management for getting up early to work with me. She is both beautiful inside and out. XO
Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time
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