Highlighting and contouring originated from male to female drag queens to use makeup artistry as a means to soften their jawlines and conceal their facial hair and eyebrow shape. This kind of makeup has been known to be heavy on the highlight and contour and very expressive. However, to non-professionals, the art of contouring and highlighting can seem like a daunting task as there could be confusion in the right way to apply it.
Highlighting and contouring is a corrective procedure, used to make the perfect face shape, meaning it isn’t the same for every individual. For women, while highlighting and design there is a fine line between enhancing your best features and painting on an entirely new face. Women already have feminine and soft features. When applying cosmetics, the overuse of goods can otherwise fully exaggerate and create unflattering capabilities.
Here’s the thing, the cosmetics industry has made a killing from this”beat face” trend and made the over usage of highlighting and contouring the new norm. The goal now is to provide yourself features you don’t actually have: Brighter, bigger eyes. A thinner, daintier nose.
This is not the case if you know how to do makeup correctly. You’d discover that by following techniques other than that of a professional you might end up incorporating unnecessary measures just to look”natural.”
While professional makeup artists take similar steps using highlighting and contouring flawlessly to improve – not hide your beautiful features, they know that effective highlighting and contouring is to use as little product as possible so the final result is believably natural, to blend it in well and to add more color gently. Visit a professional for help learning these techniques.
Good makeup is makeup that looks great in person and in photos, and that accentuates attributes rather than hiding everything. There is an art to this. Heavy base, then heavy hiding, followed by heavy cream highlight/contour can look great at night, sometimes, or on camera, but in person, it’s quite extreme.
A light natural highlight and shape for the average woman on a daily basis is a gorgeous thing to learn and exercise. Some important tips to know before integrating highlighting and contouring into your makeup application is that:
• Contouring is subtly defining one’s attributes and for it to appear flawless, it should be barely noticeable.
• Mixing concealer with foundation can create a more seamless and natural highlight
• Practice makes perfect facial defects.