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!
Megan Good, ladies and gentleman.
She is naturally (and overwhelmingly) gorgeous, but I like that the makeup artist added the element of light with illuminator and an old school beauty mark.
I used to work with this girl who would always do her makeup so that her eyes looked like a sunrise or sunset- the colors she used were fantastic and always well blended. I started to use brighter colors and it makes me happy! Here are some fanastic examples of how to use bright tones-whether it be bold color-blocking, or subtle contouring- these photos exemplify brilliant use of brights!
shoutout to Sugarpill Cosmetics/Chaos Makeupartist/Makeupforlife
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Spring has arrived and brings with it a variable of sights and sounds that gets us in the mood for adventure. What better way to embrace the festivities than to immerse yourself in the brilliant hues that are sure to give you a fresh yet seductive look. Verdant Equinox is your guide to the popular products from brands like Urban Decay, NARS and Two Faced which focus on natural and neutral shades with plenty of shimmer, and some fun bath items from Lush that will leave you looking and feeling great.
The above trio of images comes from Illamasqua’s latest collection, entitled Human Fundamentalism. The following quote that accompanies the array of bold eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail varnishes is one that I feel is a sentiment echoed by what Carny Style is all about:
Human Fundamentalism is an explosion of your alter ego. It’s becoming who you are and not who you’re told to be. Beauty isn’t conformity, but the fundamental human desire to express your inner self on the outside. To rise above mainstream limitations and exist in a world where individuality is received with celebration not derision, and breaking the mould is a sign of strength not instability. We stand for freedom of expression, embracing our glorious imperfections and showing the world we’re not ordinary but extraordinary, even if society refuses to accept it. We’re beyond conformity. Beyond control. Beyond hiding who we really are. We are not a religion, but the singular opposite. We are Illamasqua.
Get ready for a startling celebration of humanity’s connection with colour. Introducing the Human Fundamentalism collection, where blinding flashes of pigment provide a sharp contrast to neutral tones, creating a saturated palette that catapults your alter ego to new levels of self-expression. Mix contrasting textures to express your true self, spiraling from rich metallic to pale matte shades. This is nonconformity at its most fundamental. At its unpredictable best.
“Nana,” photographed by Christer Strömholm, 1959.