Today’s post is the first of a long string of posts that’s going to be on the blog at least once a month.
We’re talking about contouring.
Do you remember my brows posts? Well, this is going to be somewhat similar, with a first post in which I share what I’ve learnt about contouring and then other posts in which I review products and so on.
So let’s start talking about the magical art of contouring.
This makeup technique really is magical.
The super heavy handed one by Mario Dedivanovic, the sleek and subtle one by Lisa Eldridge…I like all of them.
So let’s talk about what I feel like it’s worth sharing.
Just like we change our eye makeup and lipsticks depending on the occasions I can’t see why we should have the same contouring year round.
I absolutely adore heavy and highly defined contouring but I’d rather not go for it on a daily basis, it looks kind of fake under a natural light.
Maybe that’s because I’m just not skilled enough but well, I prefer something lighter to go grocery shopping.
This does depend on my style as well, tbh. When I’m going out dressed like I literally just fell out of bed a contouring that’s too strong will feel off balanced.
If I’m getting glammed up -dress and heels for a day out? it rarely happens but it does, sometimes- I don’t care if it’s nine am in the morning and i happily carve cheekbones out of nowhere.
Well, you don’t have to watch all of them. But please, do watch a lot of them!
Especially if you’re a little scared by this technique, you’ll pick up tips and tricks by watching different hands doing it.
If you have a tutorial you’ve liked the most do link it down below, I’d love to give it a try.
No, not literally all the makeup.
But I’m quite convinced that you need the right tools to do a good contouring. I’m not saying that you should buy the uber expensive Marc Jacobs’s Duo Contour&Highlight (I want it soon bad) or that you need really expensive brushes.
You do need just what you’re supposed to use to contour. I’m talking after firsthand experience, I remember my first pathetic attempt at contour.
A super old Goss video, a shimmery bronzer and what probably was a powder brush.
You can picture how gorgeous how was in the end, don’t you? I put my face in makeup remover and waited to get the right products before giving it another shot.
A good brush is vital. I’ve tried many before finding the right one but I made it eventually, I can’t wait to talk about it in a dedicated blog post.
I’m sure we’ve all seen those extreme before and after pics on instagram. Those pics in which there’s a girl next door in the before pic and a Victoria’s Secret angel in the after?
If you’re able to do such an extreme contour and you feel like doing it, why the heck not. But if you’re not too much of an expert don’t risk it, you may end up with a messy result.
Mind, I’m not saying the final result would be too much, that’s entirely up to everybody’s taste.
I did an over the top contouring for Halloween (I was a pretty hot vampire, if I say so myself) and I loved it, if it didn’t take me ages I’d do it every day.
But again, if you’re not feeling too confident just don’t. There are so many things you can do to look and feel better!
Contouring is often seen as an impossible skill to acquire. Well, not that much.
I’m not saying it’s super easy but you can get there, with patience and experiment.
This theme is something I love talking about, so I’ll wait for all your comments and opinions in the comments.