Posted on June 23, 2014
A few months ago, a friend I met in LA introduced me to a chubby brown crayon that became a mini miracle worker. I have never really worn make-up, preferring the natural look 99% of the time. I did not know what I was missing out on by not staying up to date in the beauty game.
Introducing,The Sculptor by Tarte. Contouring can be intimidating. Too little and you get no result, too much and you look like a child’s art project. Chubby brown make-up crayons with creamy textures allow you to apply a little at a time and blend, making it easier to forgo mistakes.
Contouring allows you to slim the face and draw attention to your cheekbones without looking overdone. Allure loves The Sculptor too, offering some advice on technique:
“Draw short dashes anywhere you want shadow (under your cheekbones and jawline), then blend those lines downward with your fingers.”
At just $24.00, it won’t break the bank and will last a while due to the sheer formula. You can easily pick one up for yourself at Sephora. It comes in the universally flattering Tarte shade, Park Ave Princess.
Posted on April 2, 2014
So…there are a few other things besides Victoria’s Secret model hair that we strive for…one of them being the sunken cheekbones we stare at in magazine pages and on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram. While we don’t all have Gucci Westman to give us the glam treatment, we can definitely do a pretty damn good job ourselves. Shockingly, it is incredibly easy and only takes a few short minutes. Contouring is not meant to change the face dramatically for day to day wear, but it can be a quick improvement to your daily make up routine. I contour my cheeks daily, and add a little extra when I wear a bright lipstick or pull my hair back in a ponytail. It’s that extra “pop” that pulls my look together. I scooped some tips up from Jillian Dempsey, a celeb favorite, and make up Goddess.
1. Do not draw dark stripes along the sides of your face. This is the #1 contouring mistake women commit.
2. Suck in your cheeks to find the natural line of indentation, as if you are going in for a kiss.
3. Invest in a big fan brush. One with real hair will give you a cleaner application, it is not something to skimp on although it seems frivolous.
4. Swipe contour powder from the hollows of your cheeks, all the way up to your ears with a light hand. Swipe your brush into the powder, and then knock it on your wrist to remove excess dust.
5. Lay your brush just below your ears, and blend like you have never blended before. Blend all the way from your ears to the hollows of your cheeks.The powder should almost disappear.
6. Use a small amount of highlighter that matches your skin tone and has a slight shimmer to even out your look. Apply it to the bridge of your nose, the cupids bow, and the middle of your chin.