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THE NATURAL CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT

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Post/Photos: Amy Nadine, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’ve seen quite a lot of contouring and highlighting the last few years… some are nailing it, some are afraid to even attempt it and others are walking around looking, well, a little like fashion victims. I hate to say it! Especially because I think makeup is a creative expression and I hate when people call someone else’s makeup “wrong”. But there’s always room for improvement and constructive criticism (blend blend blend!) and this contouring and highlighting technique just might make all the difference in the world! Because when it comes to C&H, it’s better if people didn’t know you did it and it shouldn’t be read by the naked eye.

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So try this: instead of doing it after you apply foundation (with cream or powder contouring & highlighting products), do it before with liquid or cream products!! Then apply foundation lightly over it and around it using a stippling motion with a dampened egg sponge.  It gives a much more natural look and people won’t notice that you added the dimensions back in. Here’s how:

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TOOLS:

STEPS:

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  1. After moisturizing your face, apply two drops of liquid bronzer onto the palm of your hand.
  2. Swirl the foundation brush into the bronzer to load it up.
  3. Look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks. Follow the hollow by pressing the brush repeatedly as you move along just under the cheekbone.
  4. Sweep the brush along the temple.
  5. Sweep the brush along the hairline.
  6. Sweep the brush just under the jawline.

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7.  Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the liquid highlighter into the palm of your hand.

8.  Load up the kabuki concealer brush by swirling it into the highlighter.

9.  Sweep the brush along the under-eye area to draw the bottom half of an infinity sign.

10.  Continue drawing the infinity sign above the brow as demonstrated above.

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11.  Pump a few drops of foundation into the palm of your hand.

12.  Dip the egg-shaped sponge into the foundation a few times to load it up.

13.  Lightly stipple (press repeatedly) the sponge along the perimeter of the highlighted and contoured cheek areas and gently over them.

14. Repeat on the forehead.

15.  Repeat on the nose, chin and any other bare areas.

16.  Finish with a pop of cream blush on the top half of the apple of the cheeks.

Set everything with powder and you’re good to go!

AGAINST THE GRAIN

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One of my favorite models, Camille Rowe, taught me this a few years ago when I was happily in the mind frame that brows had to be smoothed over and perfectly groomed. She borrowed my spoolie brush and directed the beginning hairs inward, away from the others. Instantly I saw how sexy and youthful it made everything and my perspective on brows was changed for life. Here’s how to get the look:

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TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Place the wand/spoolie brush at the base of the brow. Instead of brushing them straight up, “pull” and direct them inward towards the opposite brow. Repeat to make sure there is no hair left behind! Once you have brushed the beginning hairs inward, you can brush the rest of the “base” hairs straight up.
  2. Now that the beginning hairs are directed toward the opposite brow and the rest of the base hairs are directed straight up, brush the tail hairs outward in the direction of their natural growth.

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We know that brow styles are a personal preference so if you’re not into this natural look, that’s ok! Just please be respectful to our readers who like it in our comments below! Thanks!

PS for everyone who is asking what the eye shadow is, it’s this one in Dark Pearl!

DIY NATURAL BRUSH CLEANER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

First, check out our makeup brush cleaning tutorial for the traditional ways to clean your brushes and continue using that method if you’re loving it! But for those of you who are curious about trying a natural alternative (or don’t feel like going shopping), hop over to your kitchen cabinet and try this!  (more…)

A LITTLE BROW SECRET

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This is one of the biggest brow gems that I can share with you because not only do I always do it on my clients, but I also do it daily on myself! The first part of the brow can be more sparse or even grow in a different direction than the rest of your brow hairs. Because of this, it becomes a dead giveaway when you fill that area in. But there’s a way to include that area without looking like you did! Here’s how:  (more…)