Highlight and contour is a technique used for many years in makeup industry. Lately, it became a HUGE TREND (blame it on Kim Kardashian!) and many girls are introducing it into their makeup routine. It’s purpose is to enhance and define facial features by using different shades and layers. With highlight and contour can be shaped an entirely new aspect!
I created this makeup on gorgeous model Andie for a photoshoot realized last week with my team ( © Infinite South Production). “Cabaret lady”, the shoot theme, made me think instantly about glamour and carefree attitude. As you can see, this makeup look brings out the eyes and the mouth. Before doing that I had to prepare a certain makeup base, so I went to the next level – Contouring!
- I always like to start with a primer to hide pores, to reduce shine and to keep makeup stay in place all day long; also to prevent foundation from creasing into lines and sinking into pores.
- Next, I select the features I want to contour. The areas that are usually contoured are: cheekbones, forehead, sides of nose and temples. And the highlighted areas are: under the eyes, center of forehead, top of cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow and chin.
- Always keep in mind, when you are thinking about placement, that the dark concealer or powder will make the places appear smaller. And the light shades will do the reverse (ultimately, it’s optical illusion!). As I am talking about a photo shoot makeup look, the contoured surface is bigger and bolder. Also, I had to use more products than I usually do for a day look. I don’t want the lights and the camera flash to soften the features I want to be exposed!
- The secret for an outstanding result is to blend. Take your time to mix all the shades with a foundation blush or a sponge.
I hope this is helpful and inspiring! New photos from the photoshoot coming soon. xx