Hey everyone! At Melan Mag, we think the old saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ is a load of rubbish.
We believe that every woman has innate beauty, some are just more able to present their beauty in more skillful ways than others, and that’s why having the expertise of a makeup artist (MUA) is queen! Melan Mag spoke to makeup artist, Bimbo Balogun who in a series of top tips and advice, tells us how best to accentuate our inner beauty with makeup.
Contouring? The Dos and Don’ts
What is it?
Contouring has long been a beauty secret of the stars, but over the last few years, more women are waking up to the benefits of a well-contoured face. Currently a trending technique in the MUA world, contouring is the art of giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial bone structure using makeup. Contouring is not supposed to be noticeable, but rather it adds subtle definition to the face. So, if you want cheekbones a supermodel would be proud of, contouring is the neat beauty trick you need in your life.
Below are the dos and don’ts of contouring
Do choose the right shade for your skin tone.
To contour, you need to use one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. When done right, you should have a natural looking contour and flattering shape.
Do customize your technique to your own facial structure.
We all have different facial bone structure so what works for A might not work for B. For example, someone with a round face would need to contour under the cheekbone to slim up the face. But if you have a narrow face, you would need to focus the shading along the forehead and chin to reduce the oblong look.
Do blend in order to avoid harsh lines.
You want your contoured look to appear soft, natural and not effortless. A good way to achieve this is to use a blending sponge with cream contour or a fluffy brush with powder contour to even out harsh tones.
Don’t mix creams and powders
Contouring should only be achieved using either cream products or powder products. Creams give a misty glow which is ideal for dry skin. Powder gives a matte look that’s best for oily skin. Don’t mix, just stick to one.
Don’t apply too much contouring products.
Too much of anything is never good for you. This applies to contouring. Applying too much product would make it hard to blend and prevent a natural looking face. Always start light for easy blending.