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How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Want to make your face look thinner without embarking on a crazy diet? Makeup has been used for centuries to cover imperfections, but also to sculpt the face in unimaginable ways. Try the following makeup tips which can make your face and body look slimmer!

RELATED: Get The Look – Kylie Jenner’s Lips

Dark contour

A simple fact about makeup is that darker colours can be used to create shadows and create the appearance of a slimmer face and body. Use a foundation shade 1-2 shades darker than your natural colour to sculpt the face and chisel out those cheekbones.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Body shimmer

Ever noticed why your favourite celebrities pack on the shimmer while they’re walking the red carpet? The glittery shadows give the appearance of a more toned and angular physique.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Highlighting

Bring out those cheekbones (or create them) by using a sultry, shimmery shade on the high angles of your face. Liquid formulas look most natural since they melt seamlessly into the skin. Dab it on with your fingers or a damp cosmetic sponge for a flawless complexion.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Bronzer

An essential in any makeup kit, bronzer can be used on almost every part of the face and body. Apply it to the sides of your nose to make it look thinner, onto the decolletage, just under the cheekbones, or lightly all-over your face for a subtle pop of colour. Just remember to blend!

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Full lips

For the illusion of Kylie Jenner lips (sans the injections), use a white eyeliner and draw lightly in the centre of your lips. Smooth it out with your fingers, then apply a lip gloss over the top. Dab some highlighter over the cupids bow to draw attention to this area – the highlighter makes it look plump and juicy.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Natural brows

If your brows over-plucked, don’t be afraid to draw them in with a pencil or pomade. Dip the brush into the pomade to create light, fluttery hairs starting from the very end of your eyebrow. Dab a bit of highlighter onto the brow bone to emphasise your arch.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

What are some of your favourite makeup tips?

Images via Max Made, People, Blogspot, Bronzer, Good Housekeeping

July 28, 2015

Crazy New Makeup Trend: Clown Contouring

Another new makeup trend has been spotted on YouTube over the month of July, and it’s called clown contouring. It incorporates the main techniques of contouring and highlighting to cover-up dark circles, correct hyperpigmentation, create razor-sharp cheekbones, and give the illusion of colour and light on a bare face.

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

One of the first YouTubers to come out with a tutorial was BellaDeLune also known as Esther Isabel Amado Romo who shows just how effective this technique can be. What makes it stand out from other makeup trends are the pink and red shades around the eyes and mouth.

Crazy New Makeup Trend - Clown Contouring

These lighter shades are actually used to colour correct dark patches of skin (such as chronic under-eye circles), and create a consistent colour around the mouth and eyes. If you’re daring enough to try this yourself at home, take a picture and tag your before and after shots @shesaid on Instagram!

We’ll just stick to the remarkable video below which already has more than 1.2 million views:

Image via YouTube

July 13, 2015

Contour Your Eye Makeup Like A Pro

We’re all familiar with contouring our cheekbones, legs, and even arms but is it actually possible to contour your eyes? We show you just a few simple techniques which could revolutionise the way you apply your makeup forever!

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

Highlight

Bring some extra attention to the inner corner of your eyes by contouring with a highlight in this area. Any light white or yellow shade is ideal since it illuminates the area without closing up the eye. Dab it with a small eyeliner brush, or with your fingers.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

White eyeliner

Everyone must be familiar with this simple trick to make your eyes bigger – using white eyeliner. Simply line both your top and bottom waterline with a white pencil to open up the area, and give the illusion of bigger eyes.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

Define the eye

Use a shade which is slightly darker than your skin tone, and with a tapered brush, focus the product in out the outer corner of your eyes. Just think of it like contouring your face! Make sure to blend it out properly with a clean tapered brush before applying the rest of your eyeshadow.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

Extra tips

DON’T: Black eyeliner

Sometimes this could actually be making your eyes look small and tired. Don’t link it to your inner corner, and make sure to blend it out when perfecting a smokey eye.

DO: Curl your lashes

It’s the little things which make the biggest amount of difference, and one of them is curling your lashes. Although these tools can look a little scary at first, you’ll find a technique which works for you! Curl them before and after applying mascara – but only once it’s dry, otherwise you’ll get some transfer on the curler.

Images via Beautylish, Mario Bross

June 10, 2015

Best Bronzers For All Skin Types

Whether you choose to contour, powder, or simply use it to brighten up your entire visage, a bronzer is a must-have in every makeup kit.

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To find a shade which matches your skin tone, refer to our guide below to help you find a match made in heaven. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to fake it ’til you make it with a skin-loving bronzer for all budgets.

Fair skin

Choosing a bronzer for fair skin can often feel like a never-ending battle, especially if you have pink undertones to your skin. Look for a formula which won’t leave your skin looking too yellow, and always swatch the product before purchasing – just in case!

Budget: Butter London Bit Faker Cream Bronzer, $24

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Luxury: Burberry Beauty ‘Warm Glow’ Natural Bronzer, $69.80

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Light skin

A lighter skin tone usually boasts warmer undertones when compared to someone who is fair, usually with a yellow undertone. A cream bronzer is a great idea since it melts flawlessly into the skin without any visible harsh lines.

Budget: Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer, $24

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Luxury: Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $49

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Olive skin

Any type of olive skin tone is usually characterised by a soft, bronzed glow – especially in the summer time! You can use a variety of products to suit this skin tone, especially cream formulas which suit those combination skin types.

Budget: Essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder, $6.15

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Luxury: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $67

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Dark skin

It’s sometimes difficult to trace down a bronzer for darker skin tones which doesn’t make the skin look like a disco ball! Choose a matte finish without the shimmery particles – leave this to your highlight instead.

Budget: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Shade 04, $22.95

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Luxury: Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer, $74

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What are some of your holy grail bronzers?

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March 26, 2015

How To Contour Your Face

Contouring is a secret weapon that makeup artists have been using for years to highlight certain features, and make the face slimmer and more angular. All you need is a few makeup products, brushes and the right technique to contour your face the right way.

Products

Regardless of your face shape, the same three products can be used to achieve a stunning result – only the placement and technique changes. All you need is:

  • Foundation, 1-2 shades lighter than your skin
  • Foundation, 1-2 shades darker than your skin
  • Bronzer
  • Real Techniques Your Finish Perfected Stippling Brush, $22.99
  • Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95 (damp)

Round face

Usually characterised by a circular face the entire way around, this shape is full and has a soft chin and full cheeks. Rounder faces usually require more definition around the forehead, cheekbones, under-eyes and chin.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. With broad strokes, apply the darker foundation around the forehead, under the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose. Don’t forget to frame the jawline as well as the chin to achieve stronger structure in the face.
  2. Take the lighter foundation and apply onto the centre of the forehead, down the nose and the apples of the cheeks. It is best to apply the highlight with your fingers since this will blend naturally into the skin.
  3. Then with your damp Beauty Blender, carefully soften out the harsh lines across the face. A Beauty Blender takes a little more time, but will give you a flawless airbrush finish.

Heart-shaped face

The heart-shaped face has a long and pointed chin, with higher cheekbones which curve into the jawline.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. Take the darker foundation and apply onto the temples of the forehead. This will soften up any harsh lines, and create a beautiful base. Then bring the brush down under the cheek line. Feel free to contour the brow-bone and bridge of the nose.
  2. With your fingers, highlight the centre of the forehead, apples of the cheeks, ball of the chin and also the centre of the nose.
  3. A concealer brush will give a precise highlight over the lash-line, on the smile lines and highlight the cupids bow. Then blend out carefully with a Beauty Blender before applying the finishing touches to your look.

Square face

A square face often has petite and angular features – especially around the jawline and forehead.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. Apply the darker contour around the perimeter of the face, focusing above the eyebrows. Drop down and follow the nature curve of the cheek line before emphasising the edges of the jawline.
  2. Add a highlight (lighter foundation shade) to the centre of the forehead, down the centre of the nose, above the cheek contour and the under-eye area.
  3. Your Beauty Blender will now create a soft definition throughout the entire face. If you don’t have a Beauty Blender, use a stippling brush instead.

Images via Lipstick Alley, Living In The Moment Blog, Instagram

July 24, 2014