CONTOURING is a make-up technique using blush, concealer or bronzing powder to sculpt the shape of your face in different ways.
When you apply foundation to your entire face, you have created a blank canvas, so you have to go back and add the dimensions back in.
Just like in an art class you would use darker shading to push an area away and lighter shading to pull an area towards you.
It creates the illusion of a stronger jawline, more chiselled cheeks and a slimmer face. The easiest way to do this is by drawing the letter E on each side of your face to contour and the letter C on each side of your eyes.
Using blusher, concealer or bronzing powder you can sculpt the shape of your face in different ways. After you have applied your foundation all over your face and neck but before any powder, dip your brush into the darker bronzer to load it up.
Tap your brush or swirl it on the back of your hand to take away some of the excess powder. Start at the middle of the top of your hairline and begin the letter E by tracing along the outside down to your temple.
Suck in your cheeks to see exactly where your cheekbones are then continue the middle part of the letter E by sweeping the brush from your temple to just underneath the cheekbone to hollow it out.
Go back along the underside of your cheekbone to the ear then down to your jaw line. Finish the E by sweeping the brush just on and underneath the jaw line.
Repeat this on the other side. Swirl off any remainder on a tissue or the back of your hand and use the same brush to fill up with the highlighter.
Draw the letter C by holding the brush in the middle of your forehead just above your brow and outlining the eye all the way to your temple then down under your eye just above your cheekbone. This will pull that area forward and really highlight the eyes.
Repeat this on the other side. Take a clean dry brush and go back over the E’s and C’s in swirling motions to really blend it into the skin. With practice this technique will give you chiselled cheekbones and structured jaw line.
Mary Ferry is the proprietor of the Genesis Skin Care & Laser Clinic in Upper Dore, Bunbeg. Tel 07495 32575, www.genesissalon.ie. If you have a query you would like answered in Mary’s column confidentially, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org