Thursday, August 28, 2014

Easy Contouring & Highlighting..

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So, I thought the best way to kick off my new blog design would be to share a highly requested contour/highlight tutorial. Sadly, John's been busy with work so I had to do these photos (alone).. aka I couldn't see if I was even in focus... or the weird faces I was making. Oops! Anyway, I have always semi-contoured my faced even before Pinterest because I have a fuller face & the contour helps make the illusion that it is thinner or more sculpted. I recently found this kit that I am using (only $15) & surprisingly love it. I really just wanted to test it out but it's definitely going to be sticking around for a while. Prior to the kit, I just used a bronzer to contour so you can very well do the same! Disclaimer: I am doing this because it was requested, not because I think I am a make-up artist.. this is simply what works for me.
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I start off with my Mac 129 & gently pick up some brown powder (always shake off the excess before applying it to your face!). I more or less squeeze the brush to make a defined line then I buff & blend to make it more subtle. (Sidenote: this amazing contour brush is back in stock. & If you don't want a kit, I recommend this shade of bronzer for contouring!)
Using the same brown shade & Mac 129, I sweep it across my temple & down around my jaw bone... all very lightly. 
Next, I use my Mac 109 to pick up the blush color. My main tip with blush is this: stay above your nose & outside of your pupil. So before you apply blush, map out where it should go... (I really hope that makes sense.) The reason for this is because sometimes, if you aren't paying attention you'll bring it too low or too far into the center of your face & it isn't flattering. Keeping it going upward brings more focus to your pretty eyes! 
I use a highlighter/light concealer under my eyes to brighten them up. I dab it around my nose & above my eyebrows. (using NARS Chantilly.)
Blend, blend, blend... as much as you can! I use this Beauty Blender (best invention ever) & a Sigma F86 to blend. Next, I dab my Sigma F35 into the white powder & set the product. This is the finishing touch for me... it opens up & brightens the eyes. Oh, and of course lipstick... you know me, I don't go without it! I am wearing Mac's Viva Glam III lined w/Vino. (loooove Vino for fall!) Oh...ps. The last photo is me contouring my nose... it's an essential step for me. I just try to make a flat line out of the brush and apply the dark powder to the sides of my nose to slim it out. :)
My top is here. My foundation is here. My concealer is here. My mascara is here. My eye liner is here. My earrings are here. My watch is here. I set my makeup with this. Most essential part of my skin care is here.


32 comments:

  1. Which shade of MAC concealer do you use? I'm very pale and NARS Chantilly looks like it might work for me. I had been using clinique 01 light for years but I think it's now a shade darker than I need it to be. After a day out on the lake my concealer actually fits my skin tone but I try to stay out of the sun.

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  2. This is a great tutorial. Also love the new blog design!
    xo, Lee

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  3. I love this tutorial... I do a semi contour aka brush bronzer and then a little bit of highlighter over my face but I want to do an actual contour and that pallet is perfect for trying!

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  4. Great tutorial. I love contouring and will check some of these products out!
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  5. Such a great and easily understandable tutorial! Thank for sharing this.

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  6. Contouring is my favorite beauty trick! Great post.


    Xo, Mae // Mae Amor

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I just bought the BH palette for my best friends birthday present because she's been wanting a bronzer and blush palette and this was just perfect!
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  8. Beautiful! Love the new blog design!
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  9. I know we're talking about makeup, but I'm just over here dying over your hair. Seriously? It's perfect.

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  10. This is great thanks for the tips!!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  11. I currently use the Tarte Slenderizer stick for my contouring, but I can already tell it's going to be warm for my skin in the winter...I'll definitely have to try out your palette. You can't beat $15!

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  12. You're so pretty! Do you still use the lash fiber stuff? And I love the new look!

    Amanda
    XO Strawberry Chic

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  13. When I gain any weight at all, the first place that it shows up is my face. I have been wanting to learn contouring because of that, and I can't wait to try this out and see how it works for me. Thanks for sharing all of your secrets with us!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  14. Maybe I missed it, but when do you apply your foundation? As a base and then start with the powders?
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  15. So helpful, and yet quite simple! Thank you for sharing!

    xx, Kylie Rae

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  16. Loving the new blog design! It's so encouraging to see how much your blog has grown in the last year.
    xo
    - Cynthia
    http://www.blushandtulle.com

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  17. Love the blog redesign Emily! This is such a great contouring and highlighting post too.

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

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  18. Great post, love the step by step photographs <3

    LondonBeautyxx

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  19. The end-result is amazing! Great post! xx, Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

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  20. I am a MUA and this pictorial is perfect for the basic contouring! :)

    xo-Katelin

    www.katelinkonfidential.com

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  21. You're absolutely beautiful :-) Followed!

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  22. Took your tips on contouring and tried them today, looks great and much easier then most contouring tutorials. Thanks!

    Emily from F is for

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  23. I need to learn how to do this! I'm trying to expand my makeup skills, and I think I'll give this a try this weekend! Thanks Emily!

    -Kelsie
    www.designlifediaries.com

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  24. Love this!

    My easy contour trick involves walking into my closet in my master bathroom. With the bathroom light on and the closet light off, I'm able to see exactly where the light hits my face. I just apply the bronzer on the dark areas of my cheeks. When I walk back into the bathroom part, I'm thoroughly amazed. LOL!

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  26. Facial contouring seemed difficult thing, because you never failed to make it look nice. But when you learn you can make a very beautiful makeup.

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  27. Facial contouring seemed difficult thing, because you never failed to make it look nice. But when you learn you can make a very beautiful makeup.

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