You may have managed to avoid the contouring trend this summer, if so , we applaud you. I’m sure it wasn’t easy. However, fall is coming and you may want to get ready to get back into the contouring game once again. Not sure where to start ?
Behold ! The ultimate contouring chart is here !
Created by makeup artist Jordan Liberty, this chart illustrates the exact points on your face to highlight and contour. For example, you should contour the sides of your nose and highlight down the bridge (be sure to stop at the tip). It even teaches you how to use lip liner and gloss to define your lips.
Even if you’re not ready for Kardashian-level angles, this chart is a lifesaver. You may want to keep this handy.
We caught up with Maybelline UK Makeup Director and celeb beauty extraordinaire Sharon Dowsett on her tips for flawless contouring without looking like a Kardashian …
Contouring – it’s 2015’s biggest beauty buzzword and our latest face-based obsession. We’ll be honest, we would love to have Sienna’s cheekbones but realistically, it’s not going to happen any time soon. That’s where contouring comes in.
Yes, Kim Kardashian may have brought the face-sculpting technique to the masses but contouring isn’t just about looking like the latest addition to the Kardashian clan. With the ability to bring light, structure and definition to your face, contouring is the easiest way to update your beauty routine and instantly transform your face with just two products. Yup, we said two.
Forget complicated techniques, we caught up with celeb makeup artist and red-carpet beauty regular, Sharon Dowsett, on her top tips for super simple, quick contouring, done the right way, because as Sharon says, “Contouring is spelled with a C, not a K”. 1. “The aim for contouring is to create the illusion of a perfect oval face. After you’ve done your makeup base, take a brown contouring shadow or bronzer around the edges of the face, across the top of the forehead, chin and jawline creating a halo.” 2. “Use the product on your hand first, you always want to start with less then you can build it up. Shade under your cheekbones using the brush to feel where the bone lies naturally, then flick up towards the cheekbone to gain definition. Don’t go too near the mouth, it’s a common mistake but you shouldn’t take it further than where the iris of your eye sits.” 3. “A little goes a long way with highlighter and it’s great for bringing light to the face. Highlight both sides of the contour on your cheeks, underneath as well as the top. Take it down the bridge of your nose, on your cupid’s bow and between your eyes to bring attention to them.” 4. ” ‘Blend is your friend’ is one of my favourite catchphrases which is why I use a powder instead of a cream because it doesn’t sink into skin and it’s much easier to blend. Use a darker shadow in a really small area of your cheekbone up by your ear to really deepen the contour. I like to add some in the socket of the eye as well to help create an optical illusion with light and shade.” 5. “You don’t have to be an expert to get expert results. One of the oldest makeup rules is that you should never add cream on top of powder but rules are there to be broken! I like to freshen up the face add inner heat to the finished sculpted look by adding cream blush on to cheeks. You won’t look made up, just expensive!” InStyle
I knew it was happening to me when my eye shadow started to crease and my upper lids got crepey. While brow-lift surgery can reduce the droopiness, its results, which can sometimes look scary and unnatural, are permanent.
Here are some other ways to fake a rejuvenating brow lift:
Get a lift with a high bun:Celebs like Julianne Hough (at the Rock of Ages premiere), Elizabeth Banks (at the MTV Movie Awards), Elle Macpherson (above), and Kim Kardashian (everywhere) show that this sleek, classic look never goes out of style. A tight bun (or ponytail) lifts everything up and back. Just don’t wear this style too often or you may pull out some hair.
The Hair Trick:If buns and ponytails aren’t your thing, try taking a small section of hair (about a quarter inch wide) from each temple and pull the pieces up and back. ( this is hidden UNDER the rest of your hair) If your hair is long enough, tie the pieces together in the back, high on the crown, and hide the tie under the rest of your hair. Or, if the pieces are too short, pin them securely above and behind your ears.
The Injectable Filler Lift: One of my favorite minimally invasive procedures is a brow “lift” using an injectable filler, typically Restylane or Juvéderm. A tiny bit is placed along the underside of the eyebrow, to replace the fat pad that shrinks over time. This gives a subtle lift to both brow and lid. But the injections must be made carefully and precisely, so you don’t end up looking like a Neanderthal.
You can also get great results with just a drop of Botoxbelow the brow: This widens your eyes, makes the upper lids less heavy, and lifts the outer part of the brow. If done incorrectly, though, the Botox can make the lids and brows droop, so be sure your doctor has a lot of experience in treating this area.