7 Contouring Mistakes and How to Avoid Them by Katie El Haj - Musely
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7 Contouring Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

posted in Beauty > Makeup
06/17/2016
  • Here are 7 contouring mistakes and how to avoid them!
    Here are 7 contouring mistakes and how to avoid them!
  • 1. You forgot to blend.
It’s not enough just to apply bronzer and highlighter. You have to blend them. Pretty please with a cherry on top. No one wants to look like the ‘before’ picture. Blend your highlighter and bronzer as you apply using a flat foundation brush and blend it all out at the end.
    1. You forgot to blend.
    It’s not enough just to apply bronzer and highlighter. You have to blend them. Pretty please with a cherry on top. No one wants to look like the ‘before’ picture. Blend your highlighter and bronzer as you apply using a flat foundation brush and blend it all out at the end.
  • 2. Leave the shimmer at home
Shimmery bronzer is anything but natural looking. If you’re goal is to look like a Golden Globe (and there is a place for that) shimmer away. If you want to look soft and naturally featured, opt for a matte bronzer. You’ll be golden glow-ey in the most natural of ways. 
    2. Leave the shimmer at home
    Shimmery bronzer is anything but natural looking. If you’re goal is to look like a Golden Globe (and there is a place for that) shimmer away. If you want to look soft and naturally featured, opt for a matte bronzer. You’ll be golden glow-ey in the most natural of ways. 
  • 3. Wrong tone
While highlighter is a little more universal, bronzer is not. It's important to find a bronzer that matches your particular skin tone. Otherwise you can end up with dark brown stripes and bright white under-eyes. No, thank you. 
    3. Wrong tone
    While highlighter is a little more universal, bronzer is not. It's important to find a bronzer that matches your particular skin tone. Otherwise you can end up with dark brown stripes and bright white under-eyes. No, thank you. 
  • 4. All the wrong places
Everyone has slightly different angles and places in which you need to apply highlighter and bronzer. What works for an oval face shape won't work for a heart shape, and well, you get it. Take the time to identify where your high and low points are before applying.
    4. All the wrong places
    Everyone has slightly different angles and places in which you need to apply highlighter and bronzer. What works for an oval face shape won't work for a heart shape, and well, you get it. Take the time to identify where your high and low points are before applying.
  • 5. Over-blushed
While you still need a little blush when contouring you don’t need that much. Your perfectly contoured face is already showing your assets so all you need is a little dab of rosy and you’re set. Avoid having large red swipes up the side of your face.
    5. Over-blushed
    While you still need a little blush when contouring you don’t need that much. Your perfectly contoured face is already showing your assets so all you need is a little dab of rosy and you’re set. Avoid having large red swipes up the side of your face.
  • 6. Over-contoured
Contouring is a fantastic tool but don’t go crazy. Using too much highlighter and bronzer, no matter how well you blend it, can give your face the appearance of too many nooks and crannies. Most of us aren’t walking the runway and a light contour is all we need.
    6. Over-contoured
    Contouring is a fantastic tool but don’t go crazy. Using too much highlighter and bronzer, no matter how well you blend it, can give your face the appearance of too many nooks and crannies. Most of us aren’t walking the runway and a light contour is all we need.
  • 7. Set it
Your awesomely contoured face is ready to go…or is it? Leaving out a last bit of translucent powder (and setting spray for the overachievers) means you run the risk of your contouring melting off during the day or night.
    7. Set it
    Your awesomely contoured face is ready to go…or is it? Leaving out a last bit of translucent powder (and setting spray for the overachievers) means you run the risk of your contouring melting off during the day or night.
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