I was recently able to attend a makeup class called “MAC technique” conducted by the MAC Pro store. It was a basic class to show you how to take your makeup look from day to night.
Lately I’ve been super obsessed with a black smoky eye paired with nude lip.
I have been practicing and practicing trying to get it right. I thought I’d share my results with you guys along with what other lip colors could look great with this look.
I was really excited to find out about the new Makeup Forever HD Blush. I immediately jumped at the chance to purchase two of the darker shades from Sephora (520 and 515) but was disappointed to find out 520 was already “sold out” online and Sephora would not be carrying that shade in stores. That made me feel some kind of way that they chose not to sell the darkest shade in stores, not sure what their reasoning behind that was but I digress. Luckily enough there is a Makeup Forever store nearby and I was able to pick up 520.
It really grinds my gears when I try to ask people at a makeup counter or a makeup artist how to contour my face and they write me off with a one step solution, or dont really have a solution at all…like overloading on highlighter or not knowing what kinds of blush to use to create the most contrast for darker skin.
Well after a lot of experimentation I have come up with a fool proof routine that I use when I want to highlight and contour my face. I normally like a lot on contrast and this method provides a great balance of light and dark.
So here you go: a Highlight & Contour Tutorial for Darker Skin Tones
Heres what I used in this tutorial:
1. Blending Sponge
2. MAC Blush in Raizin
3. Sonia Kashuk Multi- Purpose Brush
4. Elf Angled Foundation Brush
5. Elf Blush Brush
6. Elf Concealer Brush
7. MAC Foundation Brush (190SE)
8. MAC Cream Color Base in Hush
9. Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Palette- Number 4
10. Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation in N178
Step 1: Take the lightest color in the Makeup Forever Cream Palette and apply it as a highlighter from under your eye to your cheek bone.
Step 2: Apply your foundation on top to create a natural looking highlight.
Step 3: Take the darkest color from the Makeup Forever palette and apply with the angled foundation brush under your cheek bone, parallel to your jaw line and blend with blending sponge.
Step 4: Apply MAC Raizin Blush on top of your dark cream base to create an even greater contour. Blend as needed.
Step 5: Apply a thin line of light cream base from the makeup forever palette under your dark color
For the very last step, use a multi purpose brush, or just your finger to lightly blend in the MAC Hush Cream Base on top of your highlight area for a slight sheen.
And voila! A nicely contoured face.
P.S. For a little extra contouring I apply a line of light colored Makeup Forever creme base in the middle of my nose and then use a darker color on the outsides and blend.
What do you guys use to highlight & contour your face?
Hope this post could help you out or give you some tips and ideas! =]