Post # 1
Do you contour? If so, do you do it on a daily basis or is it a special occassion thing? And please share what you use to do so-makeup brands, do you use brushes or beauty blenders, etc. I’m getting more into makeup and I feel like I do well with most things except contouring. I just can’t seem to get it right! And the order of application is confusing. I usually do liquid foundation all over, lighter under eye concealer, loose powder all over, highlight and bronzer on cheekbones. I may venture out to the all over contour look but I dont feel confident enought in my skills yet.
Post # 2
Hmm kinda, I do use a sweep of light, matte bronzer under my cheekbones, across my forehead, and along my jawline. It’s very subtle and I’m no make-up expert, but I do think just a light sweep of bronzer is very flattering to most faces. I just use a blush brush and the bronzer I use is called Milk Chocolate Soleil, I want to say the brand is Too Faced. I either wear it alone or if I’m doing a full face that day, I wear it on top of my Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation and finish with a spritz of setting spray.
Post # 3
I do the same thing as PP, with the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer or one of the Milani ones.
Tati (one of my favorite makeup YouTubers) will sometimes do her contour under her foundation. It’s more forgiving that way, so it may be something to try if you want to figure out how to get the look. For that method, you need to use a cream contour. I know Wet N Wild has a stick one that’s like $4 or less that you could use to play with until you got the hang of it.
Post # 4
Ugh. My makeup is a daily struggle. I contour almost everyday because my mind goes “It only takes a second to add blush. It only takes a few more seconds to add some bronzer, now you’re complexion is too dark so we HAVE to add concelor. And now we’re already there so highlighter is a must.” 😂
I use Smashbox 15 hour wear foundation, Bare Minerals baked bronzer, Smashbox highlighter, and Tarte concelor.
YouTube and trial and error, my friend!
Post # 5
I always do some sort of contour when I wear make up. I use pretty heavy under eye concealer to start, in a light color even though I am a naturally tan/Olive complection. I then apply regular foundation, I use japonesque, and apply eyeliner and shadow. At that point, I again clean up the under eye area with a little more concealer in a triangle pattern. Then I swipe bronzer across my cheekbones, forehead, jawline and base of the nose.
So I guess that is contouring. Lol. But I don’t consider it super heavy duty with different brushes, and 4 different types of contouring colors. I just use my bronzer and under eye concealer.
Post # 6
I add color, which just means a sweep of blush for me. Usually by the time I could “contour” (which I suck at anyways) I’m running late haha.
I put on a Murad oil mattifying lotion/moisturizer (highly, highly recommended for anyone who struggles with oil!), then a primer. Then concealer if needed on my undereyes and foundation all over. I typically apply foundation with a beauty blender. I often will do my eyes after foundation simply because my eyelids have these visible veins and I need to cover those. I do a light eye on a work day. Two colors from a Naked pallette and eyeliner if I’m getting fancy. Then sweep of blush, set with an Urban Decay setting spray and voila! Done.
Post # 7
Like PP, I also add color with blush.
Here’s a tip I learned from MUA Wayne Gross…powder before foundation if you want to combat oil..it works! After moisturizing, I apply Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk powder followed by Luminous Silk foundation with a beauty blender.
I then use a primer from Tarte on my cheeks. I use the amazonian clay blush palette from Tarte..lots of colors to choose from and comes with highlight colors as well. I have a brush set, also from Tarte which I use to apply these and finish off with a setting powder from, you guessed it…Tarte!!
Post # 8
I use the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Pallette.
My routine is Bobbi Brown Foundation > NARS Concealer under eyes > Contour Shade under cheekbones/along hairline/jawbone > highlight under eyes & T-zone > teeniest sweep of Benefit Hoola bronzer along cheekbones (I phase this out in the winter months as it starts to look too artificial) > Urban Decay blush on apples of cheeks > Set everything with Laura Mercier loose powder.
Post # 9
Pah, no! Frankly I’m waiting for that fad to end. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not judging anyone who does this! Some women do an incredible job and look on point! But I prefer enhancing natural beauty rather than creating an illusion, if that makes sense?
But I’d look on YouTube for tutorials using a brand that you like – I find that there are some very talented and informative people out there! I’m a visual learner so I like to see where they’re applying the product.
Post # 10
I highlight but I don’t do bronzer.
Post # 11
Do you then put powder on top of the foundation too? Or just underneath?
Post # 12
I only contour my cheeks. I use a little compact that has a contour powder and highlighter powder by Nyx. That is the brand I mostly use for foundation, eyeshadow, contour, powder. Other brands I like to use from the drugstore are Maybelline for lips (24 hr lip stain) and their Colossal 9x volume mascara. I use that mascara because it gives me really long, full lashes so that I don’t have to wear fake lashes, which never works for me anyway. My routine is the Nyx Dark Circle concealer under my eyes, Nyx Nude HD Photo Foundation with Nyx White Foundation Mixer (because I’m so pale and “Nude” isn’t light enough), Contour and highlight my cheeks, use a setting translucent powder, then I lightly fill in my brows with a Nyx brow pencil. Then I do eyeshadow, I usually do a two-toned eyeshadow with a lighter and darker color to create an “ombre” effect. Then I do eyeliner (only on the bottoms of my eyes, my eyes are already small Almond shaped eyes, so doing eyeliner all the way around my eyes makes them look smaller), then mascara on top and bottom. Use a lip liner, then my Maybelline lip stain. I usually won’t wear full face makeup every single say, sometimes I just wear concealer, powder, light eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. I usually do it up more on the weekends. I’m not all for contouring every little part of my face because it’s too much work IMO and I don’t feel like I need it.
Post # 13
No, most likely you won’t have to unless your skin is super oily…but you can if you like. I finish with a setting powder after applying the rest of my makeup.
Post # 14
Wow so many different techniques! Im surprised at the amount of people that use blush. I’ve never used it mostly because my face is really red as it is. I think the bronzer/highlight i have is too shimmery. I got it from clinique and it’s the only kind I’ve ever used. I’ve been leaning towards buying the tarte contour pallete but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.
Post # 15
Blush actually makes a lot of difference. It’s something I never used to buy at all, and now I have so many different colors and really enjoy adding that into my color scheme along with my eye make-up (though I do have a couple of good “go with everything” colors for days I just can’t figure it all out). It’s something that just keeps me from looking washed out and flat and helps pull a look together to be a little more polished, in my opinion.
If your cheeks are red, you may want to do a little color correcting. I believe green counteracts red to help bring you back to a blank slate, so to speak.
As for contouring, the most I do is a little powder at the blush/highlight stage of my make-up and very well blended. I use Benefit Hoola along the sides of my nose, hairline, hollows of my cheeks just at the bottom of my cheekbone, and jawline. Even though it’s called a bronzing powder, the matte finish and slightly cooler toned brown makes it a decent contour powder. But I use a very light touch and blend it out. I mostly just do it to create a slight definition since I have a rounder features that can look a little flat. I might be a little more heavy handed for a night out vs. daytime, but not much. I just do not have the time or patience for more severe contouring looks than that or using a cream based product. I feel like I have to be a bit more exact to not look like a paint by numbers painting doing that and I just don’t have the time or desire.