Freelance makeup artist Jennifer Duvall has kept us entranced with her blog jennysuemakeup.com for months. The Georgia blogger is the ultimate multi-tasker as both a makeup guru and a mommy of three! We love her great how-to advice and awesome product reviews, which is why we’re so excited that this week, she’s graciously sharing her style secrets with us.
When I say contour, it means you’re adding definition to your face by bringing certain features out, and playing down others. The payoff is big! There are a couple ways you can add contour to your face—either with liquid foundations or with powders. It’s about personal preference and how much time you have on your hands (powder takes less time to perfect in my opinion, and is easier for amateurs to pull off).
My main goals when contouring: create chiseled cheekbones, shorten the length of my long face, and make my nose seem thinner. I usually apply all of my makeup first, eyes and foundation, then apply the bronzer, blush, and highlighter last. Use a matte bronzer only a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone for contouring, since shimmer would look too fake if you’re using it on multiple areas of your face. Here’s a play by play of how to quickly contour a face.
My face with only eye makeup and foundation applied.
Bronzer applied diagonally from the top of my ear towards the underside of the apple of my cheek. You want the bronzer to create a slightly sunken in look so you can apply blush color.
Take bronzer all along the top of your hairline and into a downward V-shape to shorten a large forehead. Then, take your bronzer brush and swipe underneath the chin to shorten the look of a long face. This help show definition between chin and neck.
Take your bronzer down the sides of your nose, from the bottom of the eyebrow to the tip of the nose. This creates a slimming effect.
Next comes your blush color. I apply mine in a backwards C shape on the apples of my cheeks, above the bronzer.
The last step is highlighter powder, (it’s okay if it has a slight shimmer), which brings out your features. I first applied it along the top bridge of my nose down the center then along the tops of the apples of my cheeks.
Of course contouring should be subtle, so keep your application of these bronzers and highlighters light when layered. A little goes a long way—the goal is for no one to notice your makeup and just assume that you were born with that perfect bone structure!
Looking for the perfect bronzer to give you chiseled cheekbones? We love this one by Cargo.