Here’s a confession: I’m totally the type to jump on the bandwagon when the masses are raving about a particular beauty product. Case in point: I own all three Urban Decay Naked Palettes, which—realistically—is totally not necessary. I mean, does a girl REALLY need three eyeshadow palettes full of neutrals? (Of course she does. And don’t think I won’t be snapping up the new Naked Smokey palette the day it’s released. But moving on.)
My point is that I like to try new trends and products when it comes to beauty. But as of late, there’s been one big fad I’ve been holding off on trying: highlighting and contouring. Now, to back up a second, highlighting and contouring is by no means a “new” thing. It’s a technique makeup artists have been using for decades to transform faces. But, in recent years, thanks to Kim Kardashian and other celebs, it’s made its way into the spotlight.
So if it’s so popular, why have I shied away from it? Well, to be honest, it seemed a little too involved for me. Don’t get me wrong. I will happily spend an hour painstakingly applying makeup. But the idea of drawing lines all over my face with light and dark colors—then making them look like a seamless part of my skin—just seemed a little intimidating.
A few weeks back, I visited my local makeup artistry school for another free class (you can see my recap of my correcting and concealing class here), this time on highlighting and contouring. That definitely changed the way I thought about the technique. Our instructor’s whole philosophy is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to the process. It’s all about showcasing features you like and playing down features you don’t; and it’s not like any two people have the same exact features (unless you’re twins, I guess). She also showed us how subtly it can be done, and how easy it can be to apply.Continue Reading…