hear about it everywhere, and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time
soon. Now is the perfect time to learn! In this tutorial, I will cover the basics: must-have products, where & how to apply, as well as my before & after photos… so let’s get started:
brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to
darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small
nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and
tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You
are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
every single day. But for others, it may be saved for
photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or
bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
kits come in two forms: cream and powder. I recommend cream for dry skin and
powder for oily skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kinds of contour kits. Plus,
they each come with six different shades: three light + three dark. Also, NYX has an awesome cream stick called the Wonder Stick. One end has a highlighter and the other has a darker
color for contouring, which is less confusing for the beginner.
brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across
their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly
blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with
their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal
by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to
setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting
for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the
hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go
down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all
the forehead, and down the other side. Blending up into the hairline. For a
longer forehead, blend down towards the browbone.
chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the
cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can
add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
conceal with the banana or yellow powder (shown above). It is my absolute favorite and I always seem to run out of it! But the good thing about the Anastasia Kit is that they sell
individual refills for each color. I use the banana powder under my eye, and I also
mix it with the light pink or fawn shade and dust it between my cheekbone and
jawline contour. I like to make three straight lines in the middle of my
forehead and blend. It is also great for around the nose to cover redness and
between the cupids bow on your lip. It’s even good to apply around you lips to
keep your lipstick from bleeding.
and brush across the cheekbones. If your skin is oily– you may want to stick
with the matte contour and skip the shimmer to avoid less shine throughout the
own. If you have questions about this tutorial, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit me at Ulta in the Meadowbrook Mall. We want your feedback– so let us
know what you think or what you would like to see in future posts.
women walking into Ulta and they are just so overwhelmed by it all. I believe
it is a combination of the endless aisles of makeup, the perfectly contoured
employees, and all of the different brands to choose from. Their heads are
spinning and they don’t know where to start or what to buy. I was there once.
It has taken me several years, lots of wasted dollars, and trial and error to
figure out what works for me. And I’m still learning. So, I am going to give
you the basics that I tell each one of these clients and what I wish someone
would have told me from the very beginning. ; )
concealer, powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, mascara, brow product,
lipstick, and at least 3 brushes (for foundation, powder, and blush)
brush, sponge, or beauty blender. Try to avoid using fingertips because it will
not go on evenly and you don’t want to transfer any germs from your hands onto
your face. My favorite foundation is Tarte Amazon Clay. Just make sure it has
an SPF in it, because you do get sun exposure all year round, even in the
to cover any blemishes. I recommend using it overtop of foundation instead of
under. Then, you always set everything with powder. I prefer loose powder. I
love Smashbox Halo to Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder. (Tip: There are different
types of concealer. One for the face doesn’t necessarily work for under the
eye. Also, a green concealer is great for covering up redness.)
than contouring. The definition of bronzer is giving the appearance of a
suntan. The proper way to apply bronzer is to make two “c’s” — one on each
side of the face from your forehead to your cheeks and then from your cheeks to
your jawline. You want to give the appearance that the sun is shining down on
you from above almost like a halo effect.
I see on a daily basis. Usually it’s applied too high up on the cheekbones and
in a straight line. The key to applying blush is from the corner of the mouth
to the top of the ear in a slight upward curve. For those with a longer face,
like me, I recommend applying from the corner of the nose in a curve like
motion to the top of the ear. Urban Decay has some of the best blushes. Rapture is a very pretty one that looks great on everybody.
go wrong with a gold eyeshadow. It is my go-to. It goes with every outfit and
looks good on everyone!
Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Felt tips are quick and precise for the
lid. If I have extra time, I will use a gel liner. The trick to perfect winged
liner is to work from the outside in. I like pencils for tight-lining, which
means to go along the upper and lower lashes with eyeliner. If you don’t like to wear
eyeliner or don’t have a steady hand, skip ahead to the next step.
them in or apply a brow gel. All of my brow products are by Anastasia BeverlyHills. She is the queen of brows.
stale with running errands, working, the family, and everything else that everyday
life brings, a change always picks me up.
Even the smallest re-invention of myself makes me excited again! Maybe I’ll get a new outfit or I’ll even change my hair cut or color. Being an aesthetician, I love makeup and I feel I can provoke the same feelings of ‘newness’ with it.
a fan of the women behind The Wild Revival. Well, I gave Amanda + Marrissa a makeover this past weekend and arrived at two distinct looks that fit their personalities perfectly. Keep reading…
Pure Cosmetic Professional brush set
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ finishing spray
12. MAC Pro Blush in Dirty Plum (discontinued)
Underwood-esque, so we went glam with strip lashes! I used the NYX eyeshadow trio to make a
shimmery copper/brown smokey eye. This
against her skin color, along with Ardell’s false lashes made for a very dramatic
look that draws one to her. I completed
her transformation by filling in her eyebrows, outlining her lips and applying
a light pink gloss. This look is great for any special event or
night out on the town.
Hi! My name is Allison. I am a
licensed aesthetician + makeup artist. My passion for makeup started with my
mom; she taught me the basics, but I didn’t always like it. I can remember her
putting winged eyeliner on me before a dance recital and I would wipe off the
corners before I went out on stage. It’s funny to me now because black winged
eyeliner has become my trademark. It is part of my daily makeup routine and now, I never leave home without it. My dad also influenced me by bringing me home
fashion and style magazine. I would try to recreate the makeup looks the
celebrities were wearing in the magazines, because there was a time before Pinterest,
Instagram, and beauty vloggers…surprising, I know!
industry. My background is in licensed practical nursing. I spent 6 years
working as a dermatology nurse. It gave me the knowledge and foundation I have
about skin care and various cosmetic procedures. It also gave me a love for
skin and beauty products. Before I knew it I was answering beauty questions and
giving makeup tips. Then, I started doing makeup on the side, which is what prompted
me to focus going more in that direction.
evening, I saw an online ad for Morgantown Beauty College’s esthetics program.
I knew in that moment that was what I wanted to do. The very next day, I called
the school, took a tour, and enrolled. During my time at beauty college, my
focus was on facials, waxing, and makeup application. Aestheticians can also be
trained and certified in other areas such as permanent makeup, spray tanning,
chemical peels, laser, microdermabrasion, threading, eyelash/eyebrow
extensions, and eyebrow/eyelash tinting. There are lots of opportunities for
have landed my dream job as a Skin Therapist at Ulta Beauty. My goal in life is
to bring out the beauty in others. I love it when my clients leave feeling
happy and really good about themselves. You can truly change someone’s personality by
changing their look. The definition of cosmetics is ‘any product applied to the
body, especially the face, to improve its appearance.’ To me, makeup just enhances or builds upon the
beauty that’s already there.
find me hanging out with my family. My husband, Justin, and I have been
together for 10 years. We had our fairytale wedding 5 years ago and we have two
beautiful kids together!
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