Makeup

How to Contour the NON-Scary Way

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Step 1: Foundation

After you’ve prepped your skin, go ahead and apply your day foundation, BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.  You want to create a base and even out the complexion.  Take just the amount you need to make your skin look fresh, day light shows all so you don’t want to go overboard.  I LOVE Makeup Forever’s #122 brush to apply foundation.  It’s so easy to use and gives an airbrushed look to the skin. It’s so good, I want to get a few more.

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Step 2: Conceal

Use a pink under-toned concealer (NW from MAC if that’s the brand you use) and pat under the eyes to make dark circles less obvious.  The pinkness in the concealer helps to get rid of the dark circles by warming it up as compared to a yellow under-toned concealer which can end up looking grey.

Before you highlight your face you need to conceal dark circles or any obvious spots.  I recommend using MAC Pro Long Wear! It’s a full coverage liquid concealer that stays put! Since it’s a liquid it doesn’t give the cakey look under the eyes but still conceals because its full coverage.  A little goes a long way.

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Step 3: Highlight

You guys will love me for telling you about this product.  MAC’s Prep + Prime in color Light Boost is a easy yet beautiful way to naturally highlight your face.  Twist the bottom and use the brush attached to sweep on the color.  I like to erase edges with the warmth of my finger.

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Highlight brings things forward, while contour makes things go in.  Apply the Prep + Prime highlighter on the areas you want to bring forward: the center of the nose, center of the forehead, a “V” shape under the eyes and on the chin. Follow this diagram (you can improvise depending on your specific face shape).  I know this picture looks scary, but it’s just to show you wear to apply the product.  Use the products I’m recommending and it will come out natural 🙂

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After your done highlighting it’s important to set using a powder one shade lighter then your skin tone and set your under eye area using a small fluffy brush.  With the same brush apply the powder on the highlighted areas.  Use a large fluffy powder brush to apply the powder on the remaining areas of your face.  I love using the MAC Minearlized Skinfinish Powders especially for day because they are super fine and feel almost creamy!  They sit very close to the skin and give a very natural look to the skin.

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Step 4: Contour

Choosing the right contour color can get confusing, I do love using the Minearlized Skinfinish Skin from MAC as well for contouring in colors Dark or Deep Dark.  But if you find it too difficult to figure out contouring colors you can skip the hassle and use a matte bronzing powder as  your contour instead.  I recommend Too Faced Chocolate Soliel.  It’s the perfect shade and doesn’t have any shine.  You can use it lightly or with more intensity depending on your skin-tone.

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Suck in your cheeks and follow the natural hollow of your face.  Try to keep an imaginary triangle in mind, so slightly thicker towards your ear and narrow as you shade in the direction towards the corner of your lip. Use your finger to blend the beginning and end along with any lines. Use the diagram above for areas to contour.  YOU DON’T NEED TO CONTOUR ALL OVER for day, most important is the cheekbones.  You can dust it on the top of your forehead as well.  Nose is up to you, powder contouring is a lot more natural then cream.  For the nose use a small fluffy brush along the edges “hugging” the highlight.  Do not bring the contour down along the sides of the nose, keep it the sides a natural skin color.  You don’t want to walk around with brown lines on the side of your nose. Very gently erase edges with the warmth of your finger and to tone down the color.

 

Step 5: Blush & Blend

On your cheekbones in-between your highlight and your contour apply a neutral tone blush to create shape.  I like using BUFF from MAC for light to medium skin-tones and Coppertone from MAC for deeper skin-tones.

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Buff – Good for light to medium skin tones

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Coppertone – Good for medium to dark skin tones

Do let me know if you have any questions I’d love to hear from you below.

15 Comments

  1. Sadia

    November 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    hi nilo, I’m a nw20 in Mac mineralize foundation what colour do I need to get for Mac prolongwear concealer as I’m not sure if I need to go a shade lighter than the foundation or not, thanks in advance, sadia xx

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Get the NW15 concealer, you can also do the same color Nw20, try both see which one you like better. xx

  2. mahi

    November 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Nilo, Could you please suggest any other affordable brand for the highlight & Concealer ?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      concealer try LA Girl Cosemtics Pro Conceal, its excellent and only $3. Highlighter you can L’Oreal Magic Lumi or Maybelline Dream Lumi

  3. Shysta

    November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Nilo i find my under eye bags become more prominent when i conceal is there a way to conceal them so i can use thee highlight and contour technique also can u recommend a goood pro foundation. Ad concealer palette thanks

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Maybe the product is too thick or the wrong color. The prolong wear is nice because its full coverage but a liquid. Pro foundation depends on your specific skin needs a budget. For me these days I like Dior Star, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, NARS Sheer Glow, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich. Concealer Palette, MAC”s pro concealer palette is the best.

  4. sana

    November 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    hi neelo i have too much dry skin ,whenever i try to wear some makeup ,doesnt suits my skin .i tried a lot of moisturizers including olay ,garnier ,loreals,ponds but my problem remaained same.i want to ask you whether there is some foundation which deals with such a problematic skin .i drink alot of water every day but still my skin is dry

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      How does foundation look when you apply it. Flaky, dry? Does it look grey?

  5. Najia

    November 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Nilo, can u do a writeup on translucent powders? Should we use them? How? Thanks. Keep writing

  6. sana

    November 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    it looks flaky and patchy and curdy ,i mean like dahi ki phutkian …… i tried mac studio sculpt,revlon colrstay mineral,loreals true match ,lancome fond de teinte but problm remained same.my skin is clear no blemishes and acne marks but still v difficult for me to choose right foundation ..

  7. asma

    November 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Hi neelo tell me best oil control face wash or face powder

  8. Mehreen

    November 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hi there Nilo. Excellent article & very helpful. I am an NC 25 in MAC studio fix fluid – what would be the right concealer shade for me? Please do reply as this stuff really confuses me. Thankyou so much 🙂

  9. s khan

    November 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Hi neelo I can do a gud makeup but not HV ideas about base…my complactn is not too much white BT u can say Fiar..kindly guide me about base which colour suit me and company name also..

  10. SADIA

    February 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Where can i get La girl cosmetics in jeddah?

  11. winnie

    October 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Pls nilo,what will I use in concealing tribal marks and birthmarks.what affordable product?

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