Quickie Contour

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hey there all y'all lovely people! I'm finally back on track with another Makeup Monday post! Today I'm sharing a photo tutorial for how I do my contouring most days! I've been asked about doing a little tutorial for it, so I figured, why not? But I'm telling you right now that this is just how I quickly contour my face most days, so don't be expecting some crazy intense flawless looking multiple foundation level nonsense! This is just an easy little routine that I use most days because it's hot out and honestly I don't want to spend forever blending and layering and applying in the mirror just to go run some errands or something. So, without further ado, here is my simple guide to a quick and easy contour!

First, start off with your basic foundation, powder, or whatever step. Lay down the base. For me this currently consists of a light layer of MAC's Prep + Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Pink, followed by spot touch ups with MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15, and topped with MAC's Pro Longwear Foundation in NW15.

Now to start the actual contouring! Using MAC's Bronzing Powder in Golden and a MAC 159 brush, I make a defined line from my hair line by my ear, down towards my mouth. The best way to find where to create your definition is by sucking in your cheeks like you're making a fishy-kissy face. Next, I use the same brush to blend the bronzer along my hairline, and then directly under my jaw line. Doing this really defines your face, while also slimming it.

Using the same bronzer and a Ofra 20 brush, I trace along the edges of my nose, starting at the front of my eyebrow and moving down to the tip. This is a little trick I learned called "instant nose job" and while I don't ever want a nose job, the slimming and defining this does to your nose and face is just insane. 

Now for blush! (Told you this was quick!) I am currently obsessed with MAC's Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul. I think it is the quintessential blush for summer and that it looks amazing on anyone. Using a MAC 168 brush (which is also great for bronzer), I apply to the apples of my cheeks, then blend it straight back to my hairline. I also swirl it at the edge where it meets the bronzer a bit, just to blend the two. The best way to naturally place your blush is by smiling and starting where your cheeks rise. (Your apples!)

Now for highlighter! This step really makes everything pop, so keep that in mind if you really want a defined contour. Some days I skip this step if I want something more subtle (or am just lazy), but adding a highlighter really takes things to the next level. With Sephora's MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer in Light Beam and a MAC 130 brush, I blend highlighter into the middle of my forehead, down the ridge of my nose, into my cupids bow, at the very center of my chin, and across my cheekbones. Basically, you're playing up the spots you accentuated with the bronzer and blush. 

You can also go back in with a smaller brush, I'm using a Sigma F70, and highlight the inner corners of your eyes and your brow bone (directly under your brows), but this isn't wholly necessary if you're keeping it quick. 

After applying all my amazing contouring agents, I like to go back in with whatever I applied my foundation with (in this case a MAC 187 brush) and lightly stipple on top of any areas that may look harsh, just to blend it out slightly for a more natural appearance. Not necessary by any means, but  figured I'd include it just in case you think you got a little heavy handed anywhere. 

And finally, I top everything off with a light layer of my Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent (this is the travel size) with a Sigma F50 (I also use this brush for my Prep + Prime in the beginning of my process). Setting powder is everything. Oh yeah. I said it. Not only does it lock in your makeup for hours (and I do mean hours), but it also gives everything a slight blur, which, I kid you not, makes you look totally airbrushed. It is perfection. It is the icing atop the cupcake that is your makeuped face. 

After all this, just finish with whatever else you still need to do! For me (if you were curious), that includes brows with my MAC Eye Brows in Lingering, Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara, some MAC Prep + Prime Fix + setting spray for good measure (they have limited edition scented ones right now that you neeed), and a MAC Lipstick in Hue lined with Mary Kay's Lip Liner in Clear to match my romper. And that's it! While the tutorial may seem long, it's only because I try to be as detailed as possible for you guys. The actual time it takes to aply bronzer, blush, and highlighter can't be more than 5 minutes. So give it a try and please let me know what you think or what you want to see next or whatever in the comments below!

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