Hi hi, this is Part Two of the basic makeup series. In this part, I will be sharing how I would put on cheek colors. This includes the contour, blush and highlight -- do take note, I don't do this on a regular basis. 70% of the time I just do blusher.
My theory when it comes to blush and contour is that nothing should be too obvious. If anyone can notice, then you miss the whole point of contouring/ coloring your cheeks. Even if you are using a particularly distinctive shade of blush, it would be a subtle hint of color. It shouldn't be like that's the first thing people notice about you when they see you. If that's the case, then you probably look clownish? That's just my opinion. Sometimes it is perfectly fine for your cheeks to be the outstanding feature, because the rest of your face is pretty neutral.
If you want to see how I achieve flawless skin, click HERE to check that out.
Again, I want to stress that I ain't no expert, and it wasn't til recently that I think maybe I got the hang of doing my cheeks. Here are a couple of experts that I trust and reply on:
My fave contouring/ blush tutorials:
Sarah Victor - in-depth cheeks contouring tutorial, love her explanation and how to use brushes effectively, and also contouring for different skin tones.
* I confess, I don't like to watch skinny girls show you how to contour, cos that never works! But if you are already blessed with very defined cheekbones, lucky you!! --- skip all the 'contour' bits and go to the cheek colors instead.*
Step ONE: start with the contour, which is the darkest color. Think of this as crease color (eye shadow wise, I mean). Contour is supposed to mimic the natural shadows of your face. I am using Illmasqua Rumor -- a matte ashy cool toned brown. Simply because this is my fave contour color of the moment. I am using a MAC 109 brush. It is a dense round brush, which allows for precise application, and buffing in of the color.
So you will end up with something like this -- note -- always use a matte shade to contour. Don't confuse bronzer with contour shade. Bronzers are for dusting on parts of your face where the sun naturally hits (where you tend to burn after sun exposure).
Step TWO: Cheek Color, or the lid color in eyeshadow terms. This is where you get creative. I don't usually have a preference for matching my cheek colors to my eyeshadows, or watever, but I do go through phases where I am on matte kick, or natural, or I go pow pow bright red, or fuschia. With my current stash of way too many blushes...hmmm, the possibilities are endless. I am using MAC 116 brush, and MAC Peachy Keen.
People always say apply cheek colors on the apples of your cheeks... or smile, that's how you find the apples of your cheeks.. and that's what I did.. until a few days ago, I watched Wayne Goss' video, and he mentioned how the smiling method is WRONG because, what happens when you stopped smiling? Your 'cheek apples' / face muscles droop, and the patch of cheek color 'goes downwards' giving the illusion you have SAGGY cheeks! Horrors!!!!
So we shouldn't smile when applying cheek colors. Just dust the cheek color higher up where your cheeks would be when you smile. Does that make sense? This will create a more uplifting/ youthful effect.
Step THREE: Highlight! This is completely optional. Some people don't like shimmer/ glitter on their faces, but if you are going out at night, and want to be a little more dramatic, give your cheeks a pop with the highlighter. Use this sparingly. I am using NARS Albatross with the same MAC 116 brush. I concentrate this on top of the area where I applied the cheek color. I also use Albatross at the temples of my forehead. It is pretty pigmented, and I use just the tiniest amount.
And the end results -- the highlight part is not very obvious here... depending on whether it catches the light... but oh well, you get the drift by now, I think. And the pictures just above shows more clearly how Albatross looks like. I just used a tiny tiny bit! :)
There are so many ways you can do contouring, highlighting, and here I have only used powder products. In the market, there are cream products, liquid, gel, loose powder, etc etc, but I guess most of us would be used to working with powder products, so I featured them, instead of my cream products. If you use cream products, do make sure you do all these steps BEFORE setting your foundation with powder.
That's all, I hope this has been helpful... and I think subsequent parts to this makeup basics will be up on Sun or later this week.
Thanks for reading.