Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Makeup: Part 1 How I Cream Contour

Hello lovelies! I'm so excited, because I love February. It's not only my birthday month
 but my mom's as well. So we always kind of feel like this is our month. I love Valentine's Day, even though I'm single, I don't mind. My mom always made it about the family and not just romantic love. So, of course, I am super excited to being doing a bunch of V-day themed posts. To start with I thought I'd do something I've wanted to do for a while. A cream contouring how-to. What day would be better to look super sculpted and photogenic. This is not a Kim K style cream contour. Personally I don't usually do that kind of look on myself, friends or clients. I like skin to look like skin...but perfected. But makeup has no rules so if you like that just use full coverage foundation instead.
Products used:
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette (All foundations, correctors and concealers sold individually as well.)
I start by pinning my hair back so I can fully see my face shape. Then I take The POREfessional from Benefit and Skin Illumintator in Copacabana from Nars. Then smooth that all over, starting where your makeup tends to go first. 
Next I prime my lips with some Lush Honey Trap lip balm. Then I take my BBU Palette and I pick a shade that is a bit too light for me and then a shade much too dark. I take the light shade on the high points of my face. (The center of my forehead, bridge of my nose, the tops of my cheek bones, a triangle under my eyes and the top of my chin where the light naturally catches.) Then take the darker shade and I place it down the sides of my nose, in the hollows of my cheeks, my jawline and around my forehead. Don't I look grand?! Then I take the Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in my actual skin color. Neither shade actually matches me, so I am using a mix of the shades N115 and N125.
Next is the fun bit and this is where it can get scary...hang in there. Start by blending the lighter areas with a dampened sponge. I'm using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Once you've blended all that in dab your sponge in the HD foundation, just a bit though. I start with my cheekbones and blend upwards. This is how you avoid a muddy contour that looks like more of a 5 o'clock shadow. Blend the forehead area towards the hairline. Blend the jawline down towards the neck. Try to keep the nose contour neat and in the same place but softened. (if that makes sense.)
Once you have all of that blended in for a sharper contour use one little drag tip called "cooking". Take your a loose powder and your sponge and pat it under your cheekbone contour and leave it there. Next I concealed my under eye area and used a my sponge to set it with the same powder.
Now brush of your powder and you'll have a cleaner line.Then do those brows. I'm using the Anastasia Dip Brow in Ebony.
Then lightly set your face with the loose powder. After that I take the Taupe shade from the ABH Contour Palette and go back over all my contour points to define them a bit more with a more grey under toned color.
Then I take this super glowy Milani blush and put it on the top of my cheek and lightly blend it towards the apple of my cheek. This gives you more lift by telling the eye to see upwards. 
Then I take Soft & Gentle and glow it up! Go in with a light hand on the tops of your cheekbones, center of the forehead (where the light naturally catches) the tip of your nose to give lift.
Then lightly down the bridge of the nose. Pucker up a bit and brush a bit on your cupids bow. And lastly the chin.
And here's the finished look! If you like the eye makeup that will be in Part 2 of my Valentine's Day series. So be sure to follow if you don't want to miss that. Thanks for reading I know it was a kinda long read, but one of my goals this year is to get a new computer to start making videos so that I can explain things more effectively. 

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