Let’s face it - winter is hard on the skin, leaving it dry and pale. As the weather warms up and you ditch your beanie in favour of a sexy off-the-shoulder top, you can boost your complexion with this simple contouring tutorial. You’ll be fresh-faced and ready for summer in no time!
1. Prime your face
The first step in achieving flawless skin is with primer. This is an absolute must-have product for your makeup kit! Primer blurs imperfections and enlarged pores, helps to combat shine, and preps your skin so that foundation applies smoothly and lasts longer.
2. Use a lightweight foundation
The aim here is not full coverage, which can make your skin look dull. Instead, opt for a translucent foundation that allows your skin’s natural texture to shine through.
3. Conceal dark circles and blemishes
Your skin should be looking pretty good by now, but dark circles under your eyes are sometimes stubborn! Get yourself a good colour-correcting concealer like Infallible Total Cover Concealer and say bye-bye to blemishes.
Colour correction is based on the colour wheel, using opposite colours to cancel each other out. For example, purple shadows under the eyes can be minimised with a dab of yellow-toned concealer. Darker skinned ladies will find that orange concealer works best. Patches of red, uneven skin tone can be hidden with light green concealer.
Set your concealer with a dusting of translucent powder.
4. Learn how to contour with bronzer
doesn’t need to be hard. The simplest way to achieve a subtle contour is to apply bronzer in a number 3 shape down the side of your face. Start at your hairline, loop in at your cheekbone, and finish at your jawline. Use a big fluffy brush to ensure a soft, blended look. Avoid shimmery bronzer - this will detract from areas that you enhance later with a highlighter.
We recommend NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer - available in 5 matte shades for a natural glow.
5. Blush and highlight
Highlighter is used to draw attention to the high points of your face. A very light dusting on the angles of your cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin makes your contour stand out more and gives you a sculpted look.
We love the Maybelline Facestudio Master Blush Color & Highlight Kit because it’s a 2-in-1 product that includes a pearlescent highlighter as well as three warm, rosy pink shades of blush.
Now that you’ve learned to contour and highlight like a pro, you can complete your look with and a smudge of your favourite lip colour! For more beauty trends and tips on , click here.