Contouring and highlighting the face is something I really advocate. It’s a great way to highlight your best facial features as well as “hide” the not so nice ones. Also, as a makeup artist, it is also one of the most-asked questions I get. “How do you contour your face properly?”
See it’s not just about contouring, you also need to pair it with highlighting and most importantly, knowing your face shape. The goal of this technique is to closely resemble an Oval-faced shape, because it is the ideal face shape for women. And let me stress the word IDEAL. It doesn’t mean the perfect one, but just the ideal or inspiration.
One of the inspiring images of sculpting your face via contouring and highlighting that I have found is from Kevyn Aucoin’s book, Making Faces. Here is the illustrated that inspired women to be brave enough and use this makeup technique.
If I would compare my personal makeup collection with my professional makeup artist’s kit, I have a limited one as you can see in my previous post. I realized I have few eyeshadow shades. Of course, I have my neutral palette in the form of Naked 1, then I have a more colorful one which is Urban Decay’s Smoked palette. But that’s almost about it. And I kind of got tired with the usual shades I wear everyday, then I spotted my favorite bronzer from The Balm.
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of fashion spreads where models with the popular cat’s eye makeup or winged eyeliner to some.
This eye makeup style is one of my favorites because it’s such a classic, it was common look during the 1950’s and think about Ancient Egypt and Cleopatra, it’s very wearable whether at night or during the day, it would just rely on the intensity of the “wing” or how sharp and how far you would extend the pointed tip.
Perfecting this look by making sure both eyes have a similar amount of eye liner and same tip may be a bit of a challenge at times. But I’ve found a way to make it easier.