Makeup Contouring Tips Used By The Pros
One of the primary skills we teach at Makeup.School is contouring. Contouring consists of more than just applying makeup. We start with the basics; teaching you how to examine your client’s skin type, analyzing what products they use in their daily skincare routine, deciding whether or not their skin could benefit from an exfoliation treatment…all of these aspects are taken into consideration before you apply even a drop of makeup. After all, you are becoming an artist. An artist needs the perfectly prepared blank canvas to produce an exquisite piece of work.
Now you are ready to begin contouring. These tips are going to be your lifeline to perfect contouring every time, so be sure to take notes!
Use Various Textures
Rarely in makeup artistry do we ever use just one product to create a look. We suggest choosing a number of products that will work well together to add depth and also be comfortable for long-term wear. Start with a deep foundation in a color that closely matches your client’s natural color. You want to aim for a more natural look, so keep that in mind when choosing your palate. Next set your foundation with your favorite powder. A light powder will seal your foundation perfectly without feeling heavy or looking caked on. Choose a color that compliments your foundation. If you are struggling to cover under eye bags, read our article How to Make Under Eye Bags Disappear for some great advice.
Let The Sun Do The Work
Here’s a trick you don’t even need makeup for! Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 20 on your entire face. Add a thin line of sunscreen with an SPF of 70 straight down the bridge of your nose and into the cupid’s bow. Once your time in the sun has ended, cleanse your face well and voila! You will notice that the sun has provided a perfect natural contouring effect all while you were lounging by the pool.
Less Is More
We tell our students this all the time. When it comes to basic makeup application, less is more. This is especially true when it comes to contouring. None of your clients want to leave your studio looking like Bozo the clown. They want to leave feeling confident and beautiful, and you have the skills to make that happen. As we mentioned earlier, you want your contouring to look natural. If you are struggling with contouring your clients
with darker skin, follow the tips mentioned in our article A Guide to Contouring and Highlighting Dark Skin. To begin, start with your darker foundation and bring it from the ears down the side of the face. Bring the shading towards the front of your face. One thing you want to keep in mind is that you don’t want to be able to see the contouring when you are looking straight at your client. You want to notice the effect more when their head is turned just a bit, making for a more natural look.
Personalize Your Contouring Techniques to Your Client
Before you begin applying product to your client’s face, you want to do a quick assessment of the shape of their face. Do they have a heart-shaped, round, oval, or square shaped face? This is going to weigh heavily on what type of contouring you choose as well as the best products for the job. The point of contouring is to create a shadowing effect in certain parts of the face when light shines on it. These points are different on every single person you will work with, so take the extra time to consider face shape carefully.
One last tip: The biggest mistake we see with contouring is when the makeup artist doesn’t blend the products properly. You never want to see a line of foundation on your client’s face. Always remember to blend thoroughly. The goal is to make people think your clients aren’t wearing any makeup at all and that their skin is just naturally that beautiful.
Now get out there and work your magic!
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