Contouring! (one of my favorite things)
If you buy a beautiful summer dress, when winter begins, do you just ditch it? Nope. You add layers so that you can make it work during the winter seasons. There is an equivalent regarding makeup products: Over the summer, women will come into makeup stores to buy foundations that match their skin tones while they have their summer glow- and in just a few months, the foundation will be the wrong color. So, what do you do with your summer foundation and winter foundation? Contour! It is easy, flatters the shape of your face, and best of all- it’s economical. (if you are a bit of a beauty product addict like me, and have products lying around that arent put to use)
Above, I added some helpful charts that show where to apply lighter foundation and darker foundation. For an easy contour, apply the lighter foundation in the shape of a T on the forehead and down the center of the nose with a classic foundation brush (example: pro foundation brush number 47 by Sephora). Then, apply a layer of light foundation on the center of the chin, as well as in a c shape starting at your temple all the way around to right above the apples of your cheeks.
With the darker foundation, apply in the shape of a “3” starting at the top of your forehead, lining the hollows of your cheeks and right underneath your neck. To make the nose appear thinner, apply the deeper shade of foundation on the sides of the nose in parallel lines. (This is a basic contour, there are many different ways to approach contouring the face and nose in order to get the shape that you prefer).
Then, with a dense kabuki brush blend the colors together. It will leave you with a more accentuated face shape!
As Emily Browning, Amber Heard, and Eva Mendes show, you can increase the contour with an illuminator to bring out the parts of the face you would like to draw attention to, and a matte bronzer to the areas you would like to hollow out. Gorgeous!
Today I decided to do a little beauty tribute to the women that inspire me because they are creative, exquisite, and overflow with style and class despite the challenges their careers have presented them with. (they are listed in no particular order).
Mainly, they are fearless.
Emily Browning is pictured first- she has her own sense of style, and only chooses to take on roles that challenge particular stereotypes. For instance, she was offered the role of Bella Swan for the Twilight series- but she wasnt really feelin it. Even though it would have made her exponentially more wealthy and famous, she turned it down because she did not like the character she was cast to be. BOSS.
Gwen Stefani- need I say more?
Misty Copeland- This woman is everything. She is the first African American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, started dancing when she was 13, and even though she does not have the typical body type of the Balanchine dancer, she is so talented and positive that ABT couldnt even stop her.
Etta James- perfection. Talent, strength, and beauty. I am overwhelmed just thinking about how many challenges she had to face. But her challenges just made her stronger and fueled even more artistry and passion.