Fall is the perfect time to break out of a beauty rut. The seasons are changing and so should your style. We know it’s easy to get stuck wearing the same ponytail and eyeshadow everyday but trying new styles can be very rewarding. Here are four ways to shake up your makeup and hair routines without going overboard:
1. How To: Contour Your Face
Don’t let contouring intimidate you. Birchbox staffer Deepica proves it really is simple to execute. This tutorial will help define your face and make your cheekbones pop while still looking natural.
2. How To: Fill in Your Eyebrows with Benefit Brow Zings
We’re firm believers that filling in your brows should be added to any makeup routine. It adds instant polish to your face, can make you look more awake, and helps frame your eyes.
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.
Like most lazy beauty lovers, I have a bad habit of applying eye shadow with my fingertips. But after years of this amateur routine, I’m ready to try a more sophisticated technique. There’s a reason why pro makeup artists use an arsenal of brushes: Unlike your fingers, brushes allow for precise application and easy blending. Plus, less shadow gets wasted in the transfer between the palette and your lids. I just picked up two Beauty Is Life brushes that simplify the art of eye shadow contouring. Use the rounded Standard Eyeshadow Brush to sweep a neutral base color all over your lids. Next, dip the tapered Special Eyeshadow Brush into a darker shadow and blend the shade into the crease of each lid. Your eyes will instantly look bigger and brighter — really.
Need more pointers? Check out our Eye Contouring video with Stila makeup artist Jason Araujo and our Three Essential Eye Brushes video with our resident brush guru Meredith.