Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Contour Kit

I'm going to do an entire post on the art of highlighting and contouring (as a girl's guide), but thought I'd give you a sneak peak at the genius of makeup artistry.

Senna Cosmetics
has a magnificent, DIY, step-by-step contouring booklet that I just had to try.

Here's me before -- blank face:

Here's me after -- contoured face:

And here's how you contour via the Senna's Fabulous Face Contouring Color Book (6 colors come in the palette).

Step 1: Sculpt with ‘Mirage’

Purse your lips and suck in, using fingers to locate the hollow under your cheekbones. Using an angled face brush, apply your sculpting powder in the hollow of your cheeks, angling color from the outer face near the ear down toward the mouth, stopping about 1” away from lips. Reapply until you see a shaded area that makes your face look more defined. Using a smaller brush, apply sculpting powder to sides of nose, bottom of chin and around the upper hairline.

Step 2: Highlight Cheekbones with ‘Lace’

Brush your highlighting powder over the cheekbones and out to edge of eyes to brighten and define cheekbones. Apply a thin strip down the center of the nose and dab on the center of the chin.

Step 3: Lighten with ‘Buttercream’

Apply this soft creamy color over your entire eyelid to create a smooth, even base for your shading color.
Step 4: Shade & Contour with ‘Nudist’

Using a soft, fluffy eye shadow brush, apply this neutral brown eye shadow to your entire eyelid, focusing on the crease area.

Step 5: Highlight with ‘Crystal White’

Use a firm tapered brush to apply this ultra bright highlighting powder under brow arches, at the center of the lid, if desired, and at the bridge of the nose near the tear ducts of your eyes.

Step 6: Line eyes with ‘Espresso’

Emphasize eyes by using a fine and firm liner brush to apply a thin line of color along the upper and lower lash lines.

Check back next week for the girl's guide to contouring and highlighting!


Anonymous said...

I haven't mastered the art of contouring yet, thanks for the tips!
btw - love your brows!

Anonymous said...

what? umm i don't see the difference and anyone that does is crazy. anyway you have nothing to "countour" youre a beautiful girl

Jeni said...

Excellent tips for contouring. I've never heard of Senna cosmetics but I'll definitely check them out. You're not the first that's mentioned them. I use Costal Scents contouring palette and i love it.

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