Today I’m going to cover a fun topic on Contouring! yay I’m very excited about this post because, as I was doing research, I kept seeing tips for contouring on light skin (Which will come at a later post). Today I want to focus on contouring for dark skin/tanned beauties.
The art of contouring is one of the silver screen’s best kept beauty secrets. We might not all be blessed with the cheekbones of Katharine Hepburn or Keira Knightley, but there are some clever insider tricks which if mastered, can really make the most of each woman’s unique face shape and enhance their individual bone structure.
According to make-up artist Michael Ashton, “Contouring and highlighting your face is the ultimate way of creating a truly three dimensional polish. The great thing about sculpting the face using contour is it will accentuate what you have already and if needed, create the illusion to give the definition you’re after.”
First thing, lets identify your face shape:
Now that we have that covered lets get into the fun stuff:
THE HOW-TO: Contouring for Tanned Skin Tones
“Firstly analyze your face in frontal low-lighting to see where you get natural shadows under the cheekbones, jawline and nose and then enhance these areas using either a contour powder or cream or deeper shade of foundation. Start by shading to create the desired shape – right underneath the cheekbone towards the center of the face, through the temples and hairline, then a light dusting on each side of the nose.
“Once you’ve blended and shaded the areas, use a highlighting product to emulate the parts a spotlight would bounce light off, such as the center and high-planes of the face.
To add that flirty flush and finish to your look, try using a large blusher brush to sweep a soft illuminating cheek color onto the apple of the cheeks – corals and burnished tones look beautiful on tanned skin.
THE HOW-TO: Contouring for Dark Skin Tones
Depending on how dark you are, makeup contouring for dark or brown skin is simple. Contouring works by using contrast tones. For instance, those with deep complexions can use their own skin tone as the contour color and then highlight where needed.
When contouring, you want the light to hit the highest point of the face which are the high cheek bone, forehead, bridge of the nose, chin and jaw line. Dark skinned women can purchase a contouring pad as well which comes with an array of shades to highlight and shade. Try using a chisel brush with your contouring color under the cheek and use it under the jaw line as well. Get creative with makeup contouring for dark/brown skin. Try using bronzer as a contour shade on the cheeks and jawline. Also try using a pencil to contour the nose. No matter what skin tone you have, there is always a way to highlight and accent the face even if it seems a little difficult.
Now, lets talk about brushes:
Products that are great for contouring/highlighting dark skin tones are:
1.) Ben Nye’s luxury powder line
2.) Black Radiance Artisan Baked Bronzer Blackberry (available at Amazon)
3.) CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Ebony Bronze Bronzer (available at Amazon)
4.) MAC Shimmer Powder Blush in Sweet As Cocoa
5) Nars blush in Mati Hari
6.) Nars Blush in Torid.
Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian is a true definition of contouring done right. Though she is not dark skin I wanted to use her as an example, because she is a great inspiration on this look to many women of any color, she even has sparked thousands of how-to-contour videos after famously posting one of her own.
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial on contouring, will you be using this look my dark skin beauties? Leave a comment below